YES IT DOES DO WPA.

No, I don't have the manual so you have to dive into the menus to set it up.

If you don't secure your router with WPA and leave SSID broadcasting you should experience drops aplenty.

In closing I now own his old 327w since it seems to have died. Verizon sent him a new gateway dsl/wifi router. The 327w was just fine prior to the lightning storm.

Bob