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WPA possible between WAP54G (in client mode) and WRT54GS?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by gowron, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. gowron

    gowron Guest

    Hi folks,

    I'm having this problem enabling wpa encryption. Let me explain the setup:

    I have connected my friends house to my wireless network by using a WAP54G (firmware 2.07) in client mode. At my house i'm running a WRT54GS (DD-WRT v23 beta2) as router/ap, so I can connect to it using my laptop (wireless ofcourse). Ãt works perfectly with WEP. However I would like to use WPA that delivers the better security. I

    Has anyone got any clues how to get the WPA going in this situation?

    Thanks in advance.


  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Before you start ,make certain your wireless NIC on your laptop supports WPA and you operating system is Windows XP SP2. You did not indicate what wireless NIC you have on your laptop nor the operating system. There is no WPA support without additional drivers or client software for Windows 2000 and earlier.

    The change log for DD-WRT indicaes WPA and WPA2 support.

    Try setting WPA(i.e. WPA Personal) on your WRT54GS. The firmware for the WAP54G should be updated to firmware version 2.08 from a wired Ethernet Connection and only after resetting the repeater to factory default setting. Enable WPA on the WAP54G for TKIP or AES, depending on what is set on the router after changing the settings to match the router. As for the laptop, depending on the wireless NIC it has in it try setting it to WPA. The Laptop should have the latest driver for the wireless NIC installed on it. You should install the hotfix for WPA2 on your laptop, which is available on on the Microsoft website if you are running Windows XP SP2. Enable SS-ID broadcast on the router.

    If you are unsuccessful de-install the WPA2 hotfix from Microsoft, it is known to cause problems with WEP.

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