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WPA vs. WEP

by cinnamonray / August 4, 2007 2:09 AM PDT

I have a linksys WRT54G router that I have configured with WPA security. In my home the wireless network works on two machines, but on two older Dells the network shows up as WEP and asks for the password/network key. I enter it but it won't connect. Also, I cannot seem to get these tow machines to offer up WPA as a choice. Any ideas?
Thanks. Cinnamonray

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First WEP is dead. Not worth using.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 4, 2007 4:09 AM PDT
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I wrote a post about that and it's only gotten worse.

Now let's try and fix that Dell. I can't help yet because you left out the critical information such as model numbers. You can go ahead without me since you have the machines and can head to Dell.com to see what wifi drivers have been issued.

Bob

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WEP vs. WPA
by cinnamonray / August 4, 2007 4:48 AM PDT

Thanks R. Proffitt. One of the macines is a Dell LAtitude 610. I went to Dell and downloaded the drive for the wireless card. No luck. The other machine is a Dell desktop with a wireless card I bought some time ago. I'll go check the model there and look for a new driver.

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The 610 did have WPA capability.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 4, 2007 5:58 AM PDT
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"Intel PRO Wireless 2200 WLAN (802.11b/g)
Intel PRO Wireless 2915 WLAN (802.11a/b/g)
Dell Wireless 1350 WLAN (802.11b/g)
Dell Wireless 1450 WLAN (802.11a/b/g)"

I know I've run into each one of these cards (these are options for your 610 laptop) and each has done WPA.

Bob

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WPA or WPA2...?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 4, 2007 4:43 AM PDT
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I've found quite a few older wireless adapter drivers which are unable to use the newer WPA2.(I had a minor issue with exactly this while setting up a networked computer yesterday. Connecting to the router when set up as WPA2, the computer refused to allow the passphrase box to open.. Changing the router to WPA allowed it to work just fine.) Make sure the router is set for WPA and then follow Bob's advise to find and install updated wireless drivers for each of the computers.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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