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Re: [vox-tech] Seeking Router Advice



If your router can't do WPA2, chances are it's an 802.11b router.

There are speed benefits to having 802.11g or 802.11n router +
similarly capable wifi cards in your computers. :)


On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 12:37, Harold Lee <harold@hotelling.net> wrote:
> Another thing you might try: I've installed the open source DD-WRT
> firmware on older wireless routers. It has worked well for me. It
> supports WPA2 and has a solid reputation. I know it runs on Linksys
> and D-Link routers, not sure about your model.
>
> Harold
>
> On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 12:35 PM, Alex Mandel
> <tech_dev@wildintellect.com> wrote:
>> On 10/29/2010 11:01 AM, Bob Scofield wrote:
>>> I am asking the following questions in regard to a wireless router I use in my
>>> home.
>>>
>>> I recently attended a class where I was told that one should use WPA2 if it is
>>> available.  I have an old D-Link (DI 614) which is not longer supported by
>>> D-Link.  It's been good.  I've had no problems with it.  Right now I've got
>>> it set up with WEP and MAC filtering.  I could use WPA, but it cannot use
>>> WPA2.
>>>
>>> I saw a discussion on the Internet where people were saying that WPA2 is not
>>> really better than WPA.  People were saying that WPA2 was just being pushed
>>> so that vendors could sell more products.  Here are three question:
>>>
>>> 1) Should I get a new router just to use WPA2?
>> Depends, what is the density of your neighborhood? How strong is your
>> current router (ie how far outside your walls does the signal reach?
>> Would plugging into a wire be acceptable for things that you're paranoid
>> about (ie Credit Card transactions).
>> Sorry I'm not familiar with the difference between WPA and WPA2.
>>
>>> 2)  How new would the computers in my family have to be to use WPA2?
>> WPA2 in my understanding is a software thing, so theoretically any
>> hardware could run it if the proper driver is supplied. Doable on any
>> recent version of linux, but on other OS's with older hardware may not
>> be possible without a vendor provided driver.
>>>
>>> 3)  If I did get a new router, what would be a good one to get?
>>>
>> I've had good times with Netgear and ASUS routers. My 2 current ones are
>> also open source variants that are hackable, and include things like
>> OpenVPN etc.
>>
>>> I've been happy with D-Link, but I've had occasions where my laptop with an
>>> Atheros card could not connect with a Linksys router in Linux, but could
>>> connect with Windows.
>>>
>>> Thank you for any advice.
>>>
>>> Bob
>>
>> Enjoy,
>> Alex
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