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Old 29-April-2008, 14:55
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Default Wireless encrytion - Hardware or software?

Hi,

I have an oldish laptop with a 802.11b wireless lan card.
It has all of windows updates etc installed, but only supports wep.

Is wpa etc dependent on hardware, drivers, OS, or software?
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Old 29-April-2008, 16:07
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Hiya.

Maybe find out what the card is and do a search for its full specs, Belarc Advisor or something similar, should tell you the make and model number, or possibly its displayed in Device Mangler.

Alternatively, disable/remove the card and buy a cheap USB wireless dongle.
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Old 29-April-2008, 16:45
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Yeah I have a dongle to hand that I'll set up tonight.
Would have preferred to get the inbuilt one working instead tho.
I'll see if I can find out what the darn thing is later this evening.

I thought the encryption was done by the OS. Perhaps it's the card it's self?
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Old 29-April-2008, 17:18
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I think its the card hardware and the card drivers that accomplishes the Encryption, its possible the card is too old or not compatible for WPA.
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Old 29-April-2008, 18:54
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The encryption algorithm rc4 is the same for wep/wpa1-psk so a driver update might do it.

There was a free wpa supplicant from mcaffee (released as part of their wireless security tools beta) to allow older cards to use wpa. It may be available somewhere on the net.
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Old 29-April-2008, 21:21
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I've just had the superglue out to stick a usb one on.
Am still interested in getting the internal one working, and will still post details as soon as I have them.
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Old 29-April-2008, 21:50
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Sony laptop.
PCG-VX71P series.
ORiNOCO Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card - Lucent Technologies.
Appears to be connected via a Texas Instruments PCI01410 Cardbus Controller.
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Old 30-April-2008, 22:20
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Mem.

Someone managed to load drivers for the Orinoco mini PCI card with the WPA option, but the Agere link there, doesnt work anymore....

http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/2207/..._mini_pci_card

So get the driver pack from here....

ftp://ftp.veracomp.pl/pub/net/proxim...s_sr02-2.3.zip

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Old 30-April-2008, 23:26
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Thank you jr, that worked a treat.

Very much appreciated.

Just trying to remove the superglue now
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Old 01-May-2008, 08:14
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Well I only suggested using a USB wireless dongle, I didnt mean for you to glue it in, heha.

Nail polish remover (Acetone) should do it, but be careful if applying it on the plastic casing, it will possibly melt/damage it. Apply with a Q tip or similar and use very sparingly.
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Old 01-May-2008, 09:23
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Superglue? Rookie mistake!
You should use duct tape while prototyping your network and only use the super glue once you are sure you will not have to change your ip address scheme

And to clarify JR51's advice stop applying the Q-tip/Acetone when you meet resistance in the external auditory canal
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Old 01-May-2008, 13:29
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lol

I've scraped most of it off. Scratched the laptop a little.
I've already got stickers holding the tft together where it's been cracked, no-one will notice another sticker hiding this mess
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Old 01-May-2008, 14:31
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I'm getting there, my hinges are held on with superglue;
Apparently I am not supposed to carry the laptop by the lid/screen
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