Solved wps vs. wpa2 encryption

July 28, 2013 at 14:10:06
Specs: Windows XP
New range extender Netgear WN2000RTv2 is wps. Current Linksys router is wpa. Can the extender be added? How?

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July 28, 2013 at 14:27:45
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You are not comparing like with like. WPA (Wi-fi Protected Access) is en encryption protocol.

WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) is method of configuring a wi-fi device.

It is supposed to give you an easy was of connecting to a wi-fi device but has been shown to have security flaws. The device should have a button to activate WPS.

Best not bothering with WPS, you don't have to use it, and it can be disabled. Set up manually using WPA or WPA2 if available on both devices. A device using WPS has to have WPA in order to work.


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July 29, 2013 at 04:01:34
Thank you for your reply. Sometimes it's the bare basics that seem to be elusive.

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August 2, 2013 at 13:19:40
If at all possible, use WPA2 PSK security on your network instead of WPA and use AES-based encryption instead of TKIS.

Edit: This forum doesn't support the abbreviation HTML element, so here are the definitions.
WPA2 PSK= Wi-Fi Protected Access 2, Pre-shared key (Personal)

AES= ie. Counter Cipher Mode with Block Chaining Message Authentication Code Protocol

TKIS= Temporal Key Integrity Protocol

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.

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