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    Really dumb wireless question

    Now this question may be really dumb ops: but I as I have no experience with wireless. (We don't even have it at work ) I thought I'd ask.

    I have been given a Buffalo WLA2-G54C as part payment for fixing someones computer and want to add it to my home network. All I need to know is what security to use as it supports both WEP & WPA. The idea is that I can connect both my home and work laptops it. Any suggestions :?:

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    Re: Really dumb wireless question

    Ranging from least to most secure, we have:

    No encryption + no MAC filter (open hot-spot)
    MAC filter only
    MAC filter + WEP
    MAC filter + WPA

    Apparently, a WEP key can be cracked in 10mins according to link posted on this here site by Geoff, IIRC. WPA is the best and would recommend that

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    Re: Really dumb wireless question

    I personally don't bother with MAC filtering.

    Also try and use AES encryption rather than TKIP when you use WPA.

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    Re: Really dumb wireless question

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    I personally don't bother with MAC filtering.

    Also try and use AES encryption rather than TKIP when you use WPA.
    I've tried that but I cannot get it to work with my D-Link DWL-G650+ wireless card.

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    Re: Really dumb wireless question

    Ahhh. The D-link650 series. Evil, evil, evil. Try disabling the Windows wireless zero configuration service and using the D-link software. I've had no end of problems with this card type.

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    Re: Really dumb wireless question

    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box
    Ahhh. The D-link650 series. Evil, evil, evil. Try disabling the Windows wireless zero configuration service and using the D-link software. I've had no end of problems with this card type.
    Tried that as well as using the client manager software that came with the Buffalo unit and I still can't get it to work. :cry:

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    Re: Really dumb wireless question

    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box
    Ahhh. The D-link650 series. Evil, evil, evil. Try disabling the Windows wireless zero configuration service and using the D-link software. I've had no end of problems with this card type.
    How odd, from what I've heard / read, not just with D-Link stuff, but generally, the trick to getting different makes to talk is to ignore the bundled software and just use the Windows zero config stuff for the whole lot - ie do the opposite to Dos_Box's suggestion!

    I've done that with my cheapy wireless asdl modem/router and even cheaper card, and they seem happy enough...

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    Re: Really dumb wireless question

    encounter problems with Buffalo base stations and Intel 2200BG wireless chipsets using WEP unless you use Intels software the M$ stuff just keeps refusing the connection.

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    Re: Really dumb wireless question

    IME (6 schools with different APs and Wireless cards) there is no single solution that can be said to work.

    Sometimes you have to use the manufacturers software - sometimes you have to bypass it.

    Sometimes you have to swap depending on days of the week.

    Sometimes you have to give all AP's the same SSID - sometimes this is verboten.

    My most recent was a head's laptop (DEL 505) wouldn't connect to her home wireless router (Linksys) - I fiddled with it and by removing all encryption/WEP/WPA it worked for 5 mins then gave up.

    She swapped the router for a Belkin one and it worked flawlessly straight away.

    I used to curse Buffalo myself but now I curse them all.

    However I'm having reasonable success with Dlink AP's which seem to work fine with Dell 505s and their own cards but YMMV.

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    Re: Really dumb wireless question

    Were using the DLink APs with the Centrino, DLink and some Linksys cards without any problem. All using the windows native functions.

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    Re: Really dumb wireless question

    Here I go again, a new Dell laptop lands on my desk with an Intel 2300BG wireless chipset and fails miserably to talk to either a Buffalo or Netgear base station. Pah! Disable the wireless zero configuration service and use the Intel PROset Wireless util and it works first time.

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    Re: Really dumb wireless question

    Just incase anyone needs to know, to use WPA2 with XP you need a patch from microsoft. I'll try to find it later.

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