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Brian.David.Smith@gmail.com
04-10-08, 12:00 PM
Our company is evaluating the purchase of a new gigabyte router and
have a questions surrounding the security mode. I have read from
several places that WEP and WPA have the potential to cause through-
put issues but WPA2 seems to have resolved this. My questions is, how
do I know if everyone is able to connect to a WPA2 encrypted network?
Is this a NIC card attribute or an OS feature? Any suggestions as to
who to talk with or articles that would help are GREATLY appreciated.
Thanks in advance!

Brian Smith

Lem
04-10-08, 02:27 PM
Brian.David.Smith@gmail.com wrote:
> Our company is evaluating the purchase of a new gigabyte router and
> have a questions surrounding the security mode. I have read from
> several places that WEP and WPA have the potential to cause through-
> put issues but WPA2 seems to have resolved this. My questions is, how
> do I know if everyone is able to connect to a WPA2 encrypted network?
> Is this a NIC card attribute or an OS feature? Any suggestions as to
> who to talk with or articles that would help are GREATLY appreciated.
> Thanks in advance!
>
> Brian Smith

If you're considering this for a business, you should only use WPA2
anyway, from a security point of view.

From the client side, the ability to use WPA2 is dependent on hardware
(the wireless NIC), the driver software for the wireless NIC, and the OS.

The good news is that Windows XP (assuming that all critical updates and
service packs have been applied -- and you shouldn't permit anyone on
your company's LAN if that's not the case) and Windows Vista both can do
WPA2.

Most recent wireless adapters also can handle WPA2, although some may
need a driver update.

The bottom line is that you should implement WPA2 on your company's
router, and if someone is unable to connect, deal with that on a case by
case basis by upgrading hardware or software as necessary.

--
Lem -- MS-MVP

To the moon and back with 2K words of RAM and 36K words of ROM.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Guidance_Computer
http://history.nasa.gov/afj/compessay.htm

John
04-10-08, 02:54 PM
"Lem" <lemp40@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> The good news is that Windows XP (assuming that all critical updates and
> service packs have been applied -- and you shouldn't permit anyone on your
> company's LAN if that's not the case) and Windows Vista both can do WPA2.

Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (KB893357) for WinXP isn't installed by default
unless MS has recently changed its delivery thru automatic update. A fully
patched WinXP SP2 still doesn't have KB893357 installed. You must manually
install it. I think WinXP SP3 includes WPA2.

Lem
04-10-08, 03:17 PM
John wrote:
> "Lem" <lemp40@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:e5bgsD0mIHA.1680@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
>> The good news is that Windows XP (assuming that all critical updates and
>> service packs have been applied -- and you shouldn't permit anyone on your
>> company's LAN if that's not the case) and Windows Vista both can do WPA2.
>
> Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (KB893357) for WinXP isn't installed by default
> unless MS has recently changed its delivery thru automatic update. A fully
> patched WinXP SP2 still doesn't have KB893357 installed. You must manually
> install it. I think WinXP SP3 includes WPA2.
>
>

Thanks for picking that up.

--
Lem -- MS-MVP

To the moon and back with 2K words of RAM and 36K words of ROM.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Guidance_Computer
http://history.nasa.gov/afj/compessay.htm

Brian.David.Smith@gmail.com
04-10-08, 03:39 PM
On Apr 10, 4:17 pm, Lem <lem...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> John wrote:
> > "Lem" <lem...@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> >news:e5bgsD0mIHA.1680@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
> >> The good news is that Windows XP (assuming that all critical updates and
> >> service packs have been applied -- and you shouldn't permit anyone on your
> >> company's LAN if that's not the case) and Windows Vista both can do WPA2.
>
> > Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (KB893357) for WinXP isn't installed by default
> > unless MS has recently changed its delivery thru automatic update. A fully
> > patched WinXP SP2 still doesn't have KB893357 installed. You must manually
> > install it. I think WinXP SP3 includes WPA2.
>
> Thanks for picking that up.
>
> --
> Lem -- MS-MVP
>
> To the moon and back with 2K words of RAM and 36K words of ROM.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Guidance_Computerhttp://history.nasa.gov/afj/compessay.htm

I have downloaded the patch and am trying it out on a test machine.
Thanks for the help!

Pavel A.
04-10-08, 08:01 PM
<Brian.David.Smith@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> On Apr 10, 4:17 pm, Lem <lem...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> John wrote:
>> > "Lem" <lem...@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>> >news:e5bgsD0mIHA.1680@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
>> >> The good news is that Windows XP (assuming that all critical updates
>> >> and
>> >> service packs have been applied -- and you shouldn't permit anyone on
>> >> your
>> >> company's LAN if that's not the case) and Windows Vista both can do
>> >> WPA2.
>>
>> > Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (KB893357) for WinXP isn't installed by
>> > default
>> > unless MS has recently changed its delivery thru automatic update. A
>> > fully
>> > patched WinXP SP2 still doesn't have KB893357 installed. You must
>> > manually
>> > install it. I think WinXP SP3 includes WPA2.
>>
>> Thanks for picking that up.
>>
>> --
>> Lem -- MS-MVP
>
> I have downloaded the patch and am trying it out on a test machine.
> Thanks for the help!

Several software products exist that do WPA2 stuff on the server side
and also provide access and policy control for wi-fi gateways - perhaps
you'd want to check out these.

--PA