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    Default WP2 wireless security

    Hello PressF1ers,

    I have set up Wi-fi security in this home network to be of the WPA/WPA2 PSK type. There are four devices in this house, of which two are computers and the other two are mobiles. The two mobiles and one of the two computers can connect to the modem by Wi-fi.

    One of the two mobiles is my mobile which shows the Wi-fi security type is WPA/WPA2 PSK.

    This leaves my laptop which I've been unable to connect by Wi-Fi. I was puzzled by why it wouldn't connect wirelessly when the other three devices can. I had a good look at the Wi-fi software on this laptop of mine.

    It's now my guess that the problem is caused by my laptop being 8 years old - I got this laptop around January 2006. That must have been just a few months before the WPA2 standard became common for WI-Fi security in computers?

    Would my guess be correct or not? What can I do to confirm that my guess is correct?

    Your assistance would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Barry.

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    Default Re: WP2 wireless security

    In case you're wondering how my laptop still connects to the Internet to be able to send posts to this forum, I have connected my laptop using a Giga Ethernet cable.

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    Default Re: WP2 wireless security

    Simple test - either lower or disable the security, then try your laptop. If it connects at a lower level it may not like the higher options. Seen a lot of older laptops have problems with modern Wireless security.

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    Default Re: WP2 wireless security

    Try changing it to WEP. It's better than nothing, but everything will support it, even the older wireless cards from back in 2006
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    What version of Windows are you running?

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/downl...s.aspx?id=1974

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    If XP is on it is SP3 installed? And see if there are updated drivers for the wifi network card / whatever it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chilling_Silence View Post
    Try changing it to WEP. It's better than nothing
    I wouldn't, WEP has a known flaw and is easily cracked.


    Try TKIP encryption instead of AES if you have that option.

    A WiFi card from 2006 *should* be able to handle WPA2 - but make sure you have the latest drivers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_24 View Post
    I wouldn't, WEP has a known flaw and is easily cracked.
    A WiFi card from 2006 *should* be able to handle WPA2 - but make sure you have the latest drivers.
    *Should* is the keyword but it's still not guaranteed. This will tell us either way
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chilling_Silence View Post
    *Should* is the keyword but it's still not guaranteed. This will tell us either way
    I have SP2 installed with my WIN XP at the moment. It seems like a significant amount of work to get WPA2 WI-FI going with this laptop which entails either downloading SP3 and suitable drivers into my WIN XP or putting in a Wi-Fi card.

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    Well you're not going to get wireless / WPA2, with an ethernet cable. Is this installed then?? You'll have to install SP3 sometime

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