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How do I enable WPA encryption? I have McAfee security and have a Linksys router. I want to protect against others using my connection.

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Hello!!

May i know ur operating system ???

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

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    1. Verify each Windows computer on the network
      is running Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) or greater. WPA cannot be
      configured on older versions of Windows XP or older versions of
      Microsoft Windows.

    2. For any Windows XP computer running SP1 or
      SP2, update the operating system to XP Service Pack 3 or newer for best
      WPA/WPA2 support.
      XP Service Pack 1 computers do not support WPA by default
      and cannot support WPA2. To upgrade an XP SP1 computer to support WPA
      (but not WPA2), either





      XP Service Pack 2 computers by default support WPA but not WPA2. To
      upgrade an XP SP2 computer to also support WPA2, install the Wireless Client Update for Windows XP SP2 from Microsoft.

    3. Verify your wireless network router
      (or other access point) supports WPA. Because some older wireless
      access points do not support WPA, you many need to replace yours. If
      necessary, upgrade the firmware on the access point according to the
      manufacturer's directions to enable WPA on it.

    4. Verify each wireless network adapter also supports WPA. Obtain a device driver
      upgrade from the adapter manufacturer if necessary. Because some
      wireless network adapters cannot support WPA, you may need to replace
      them.

    5. On each Windows computer, verify that its network adapter is compatible with the Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) service.
      Consult the adapter's product documentation, manufacturer's Web site,
      or appropriate customer service department for details on WZC. Upgrade
      the network adapter driver and configuration software to support WZC on
      clients if necessary.

    6. Apply compatible WPA settings on each Wi-Fi device. These settings cover network encryption and authentication.

      The WPA encryption keys (or passphrases) chosen must match exactly between devices.


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Hello rougespirt,

Your linksys, should have come with a CD. Install the CD and you will find on the menu of the program the option to enable security > WPA.

Good luck,
Dahaka.

PS. if you dont have the CD let me know.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

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