Does WMP54G support WPA

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by kidiauk, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. kidiauk

    kidiauk Network Guru Member


    I am thinking of getting a WMP54G card but wanted to know if it supports WPA encription.

    All the descriptions I have checked on the sites I am thinking of buying from only mention WEP but not WPA.

    I have read that there are different revisions of this card.
    Is WPA supported only on newer revisions?

    Thanks for your help in advance.
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The WMP56G supports WPA-PSK with version 2.0 and 4.0. Older versions supported WPA-PSK with a firmware updated. It is OS dependent. Windows XP did not support WPA-PSK without a hot-fix. You can get the hot-fix from Microsoft for that version. Windows XP SP1 required the hotfix also. Windows XP SP2 supported WPA-PSK out of the box.
  3. geogecko

    geogecko Network Guru Member

    I tried using WPA on my version 4, and it still wanted a WEP key? Whatever that's about?
  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    It's a Windows driver update, not a firmware update.
  5. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    The V.4 product page says it has WPA support out-of-the-box. What operating system are you using?
  6. geogecko

    geogecko Network Guru Member

    Win XP SP2
  7. Ramon

    Ramon Network Guru Member

    You disable Windows Zero Wireless Configuration, right?
    Same here, german XP SP2 WPA only when Windows Zero Wireless Configuration is enabled. Linksys soft is than disabled.
    Maybe i´ll try third party soft like "Boingo".

    Sorry for my english, german guy. ;)
  8. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    XP SP2 has WPA support built into WZC.

    Are you using WZC to manage your connection?
  9. Ramon

    Ramon Network Guru Member

    WZC = Wireless Zero Configuration?
    Yes, If I want WPA. No if I want to use the software from Linksys.
  10. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Sorry Ramon. It was directed at geogecko.

    Yes. WZC is short for Wireless Zero Configuration service.
  11. Birds

    Birds Network Guru Member

    Yes the WMP54G will support WPA. It is managed and originated by the client software for the card and the level of encryption you will obtain depends on what your entire network can handle (router and PC clients). But the chipset in the card is able to work with the algorithms if the router and client software can support them.

    Look into Funk Software's "Odyssey Client" instead of running the OEM network card's client software that comes in the box. The Odyssey Client will give you WPA-AES encryption for both the Pairwise and Group ciphers if you use a Linksys WRT54G router running third party firmware such as HyperWRT or Sveasoft (I don't know if the latest Linksys router firmware supports WPA-AES). The Odyssey Client software does cost money, but it is a step up to AES encryption. WPA-AES also has zero overhead in terms of slowing down your communication due to encryption algorithms.

    Win XP SP2 contains some drivers to work with the network card client software and give you WPA out of the box, but using these may result in a combination of WEP and WPA-AES for the Pairwise and Group ciphers. This is okay but why use it if there is better security available.

    Win 2000 does not natively support WPA, so you will need to run a third party supplicant if you have Win 2000, and this means Funk Software.
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