WPA2 configuration

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by oakridge, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. oakridge

    oakridge Guest

    New HP desktop with LAN. 2yr old hp laptop using linksys router for
    wireless. New wireless connection is WEP. Linksys tech says my router
    supports WPA2, however, when I try to change the configuration to WPA2 it
    kicks me off-line and I have to go back to my wired desktop to change
    settings back to WEP.

    On my security properties it has a dropdown box with WPA2 option, but when
    checked it asks for a security key. I either don't have one or don't know
    where to find it -- nor do I understand where the problem lies. With
    linksys, with vista or my own ignorance?

    Thanks, I've worried this for weeks with no firm answer.
    oakridge, Apr 23, 2008
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  2. What's the model number of the router ? -
    If it's the WRT54G family, click here for it's download page.
    Be sure to check the Version as shown in the graphic:

    If not, product select page:

    You need to grab the User Manual to see how WPA2 is set up properly or,
    if you feel lucky, use the Quick Installation guide.
    Didn't the Linksys tech provide a clue besides telling you the router
    supports WPA2 ?

    MowGreen [MVP 2003-2008]
    *-343-* FDNY
    Never Forgotten
    MowGreen [MVP], Apr 24, 2008
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  3. oakridge

    oakridge Guest

    I replied to this message this morning but it doesn't seem to have posted. I
    did get it fixed though not quite as I had hoped. I don't think my linksys
    WRT54G V3 supports WPA2 even though the tech said it did. I ended up using
    WPA pre-shared key on linksys -- then using simply the WPA Personal in Vista
    and my "secret key". I assume these two equal. That combination works
    whereas when I was choosing WPA2 in Vista it would kick me off-line. It
    works for now, is better than WEP and I saved a minimum of $32.95 which I
    could apply to a new router if I wanted :)

    I did just come across this site that gives a good explanation of these
    different terms, ie the WPA-PSK. It was written in 2003 for XP, but still
    good, easy-to-understand information - especially the terminology.


    oakridge, Apr 24, 2008
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