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Which adaptors allow WPA2?

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by thefunksoulbrutha, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. thefunksoulbrutha

    thefunksoulbrutha Addicted to LI Member

    Hi all,

    I'm building a new system and was wondering which network cards allow for WPA2 encryption... the web site seems a little sparse on info there.

    Does the WMP54*** range allow it? Are there others?

    Thank you,

    TheFunkSoulBrutha
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Here's a nice long (allbeit a bit old) discussion for you http://www.linksysinfo.org/forums/showthread.php?t=34360

    Just for some simplification (as I understand it): WPA/WPA2 are schemes, as implemented/directed via a software supplicant, not encryption. The scheme incorporates an encryption protocol/algorithm: TKIP or AES (aka CCMP). Most (if not all) G-adapters have the hardware bits to support both TKIP and AES encryption, so the hardware/adapter itself is the least of your worries. The supplicant is actually more part of the OS, and is the bits of software that puts the whole scheme into operation in collaboration with the adapter's driver, and the adapter hardware.

    So, your question should perhaps be: Which adapters come with supplicants and drivers supporting WPA2 for xyz operating system.

    Further, WPA2 is really just the WPA scheme used with AES encryption. Also keep in mind that some 3rd parties actually make drivers/supplicants for certain adapters, so even if the OEM does not supply the necessary software, you may be able to get it from a 3rd party.

    Edit: In retrospect, it seems this was complication rather than simplification....
  3. thefunksoulbrutha

    thefunksoulbrutha Addicted to LI Member

    If I didn't want complication in my life, I wouldnt have a girlfriend. Thanks mate :)

    Ok, so to put it your way. What cards have the support to implement WPA2 on Windows XP 32 over a home network?

    TheFunkSoulBrutha
  4. HiSpeed

    HiSpeed Network Guru Member

    My old WMP54G v2 with the Broadcom driver, supports WPA2...
  5. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

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