Linksys WRT54GS - TKIP + AES? & Afterburner??(3 question

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Anonymous, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Hi guys,

    HARDWARE: I have a Linksys WRT54GS w/ SpeedBooster with Alchemy 1.0 final firmware.

    FIRST QUESTION: Under "advanced setting" in the Wireless submenus, there's an option for "afterburner". Should I enable this? I will be using WiFi often. What are the advantages/disadvantages?

    SECOND QUESTION: I'm very, very paranoid about security, so I'd like to minimize the risk of my wireless network being compromised.
    The Alchemy 1.0 Firmware has the following options for WAP.

    * TKIP
    * AES
    * TKIP + AES <-- Combined strengths?

    Does the TKIP + AES basically mean BOTH encryptions are used for a combined strength of the two? I'm using that right now and it's great :cheering: , but I can't seem to get my X50v to connect when WiFi is protected via TKIP + AES. If I just enabled TKIP, it's ok. WiFi on X50v is not mission critical, but it would be a little cool streaming music from anywhere in the house. :)

    THIRD QUESTION: I'm looking for an application for PocketPC (WM2003) platform that allows me to connect to TKIP + AES encryption methods. I've got a Dell Axim X50v with the default Dell WLAN software, but it only lets me connect via TKIP. PocketWINC is outdated software, so I need other recommendations.

    Thanks guys!
  2. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    ignore question #3

    Please ignore the third question. I've got the Odyssey client on my X50v works better.
  3. Avenger20

    Avenger20 Network Guru Member

    Speedbooster only works with WEP encryption. But for security you should use WPA-PSK.

    TKIP+AES means it will allow both. Only usefull if you have older clients that only support TKIP (and don't AES). AES encryption is stronger then RC4 (the one WEP & WPA TKIP use).
  4. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Hi Avenger20, :)

    OK, so as I understand it, WAP Pre Shared Key + AES is the most secure way to go.

    My password is 32 characters long with numbers, characters, capital letters, etc.

    I've disabled afterburner, since you said it won't make any difference.

    I've set the MAC filter ON to filter out all but my two comps.
    Is there anything else I can do?

    People often tell me to disable SSID, but uhh, then I can't see the network in my available wireless network list.
  5. Avenger20

    Avenger20 Network Guru Member

    'Disable SSID' is no protection at all, so you can better leave it on (makes live easier for you ;) )

    WPA AES with a 20+ char passphrase should be secure enough.
    Make sure you don't forget to change the default 'admin' password.

    Should be secure enough.
  6. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Thanks Avenger20.

    Yea, the default password has been changed to a complex 9 char password.

    I've noticed there's a password for entering the router, but what about username. Any way we can specify to force a username to enter the router?
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