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WMP54G, win2k and WPA

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by slippin, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. slippin

    slippin LI Guru Member

    Hi all,

    I've installed the WMP54G, which I believe to be v2 (it was given to me without any software, etc. and no other software beside v1 or v2 would work with the card). I installed the v2 software, shutdown, and installed the card into an empty PCI slot. Upon rebooting I can see my AP (which is running DD-WRT) with the linksys software, however it does not support WPA. So I downloaded and installed McAfee Wireless Security (free) to give me WPA support on win2k.

    The McAfee software sees my AP and properly detects it's security mode as WPA-PSK. I type in my WPA-PSK but it will not connect. I get a message box stating "Failed to connect with network blah". And yes, I've checked numerous times that the PSK I'm typing in is correct and the WPA algorithms match. I've also disabled the linksys monitor during this.

    Is it possible the card is v1 and cannot support WPA? Does the card care which encryption method is used, or is that handled at the software level, in this case the free McAfee software?

    I'd prefer not to switch to WEP or open up my wireless network to get this to work.

    Any ideas?

  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Those are all very good questions. WPA as a whole is much more cpu intensive then WEP, that being said, the processor on the card may not be capable of supporting WPA and hence why it does not work. In most cases the hardward and the software have to work together inorder for security to work, however it is the card itself that is doing the majority of the work. I would say inorder to test, take off security all together, test, put wep 64 bit test, 128 bit test, then move to wpa, if it drops at the first sign of wpa you have your answer.
  3. slippin

    slippin LI Guru Member

    Problem solved. Disabled my ethernet card, and under Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services I changed Wireless Configuration from Manual to Automatic. Rebooted and presto, connected right away. You will have to use the free McAfee Wireless tool to enable WPA-PSK for win2k.

    One more wire to get rid of :)

    Now I'm wondering if I can get rid of the Linksys WLAN monitoring software......


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