Newbie Question 2 - Which Wireless Security Option should I use?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Sparky9292, May 7, 2008.

  1. Sparky9292

    Sparky9292 Addicted to LI Member

    I read the FAQ about the security, but perhaps I'm an idiot:

    I own three machines running OSX Leopard (and an iPhone). I do occasionally boot into WinXP in BootCamp to play a few games.

    Which Security item should I chose in the dropdown?

    WEP (Bad)
    WPA Personal
    WPA Enterprise
    WPA2 Personal
    WPA2 Enterprise
    WPA / WPA2 Personal
    WPA / WPA2 Enterprise
    Radius (Doesn't apply to my home use)

    Is there a FAQ for noobs like me?

    Then there's the whole TKIP AES, shared key, group key renewal... *sigh*:confused:
  2. bigclaw

    bigclaw Network Guru Member

    IMHO, without getting into too much technical details, the spectrum of desirability is as follows (best > good > bad):


    On this spectrum, you stop at the scheme supported by all your wireless devices.
  3. jersully

    jersully LI Guru Member

    Agreed, and choose a key that is at least 20 characters long. Longer is better, but personally I had to stop at just over 20 because I couldn't see myself putting all that into my Wii and TiVo. :rolleyes:
  4. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    if ALL your devices support WPA2-AES then use that. you can only set the Wireless Access point to whatever ALL your devices can support as a whole.
  5. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    You can also use WPA/WPA2 and/or AES/TKIP mixtures. Do this only to support devices that cannot speak the better protocol if really necessary, otherwise follow the rule posted by bigclaw. If however, you have a device that only supports WEP, get rid of it....

    If you run Windoze, check their web for the WPA2 patch (for XP its KB893357).
  6. jersully

    jersully LI Guru Member

    This should probably be repeated more often. I am very security conscious and currently earn my paycheck supporting Windows (though I haven't always.) Still somehow I managed to forget that M$ had released the WPA2 patch.

    And yes, I felt silly when I remembered it
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