New 802.11i radio standard.

  Portly 23:23 07 May 2004

I was amused and concerned to read about a new radio standard, when it appears that it's predecessor (802.11g with WPA ) may not function properly. After much hype in computer mags, I overcame my concerns on radio security, and acquired a radio ready emachines laptop, and a Belkin radio router / broadband modem. To cut a long story short, having updated Windows XP to take advantage of WPA security, I discovered that my home network disconnected itself, every time that I attempted to pass a file greater than approx 1.5 Mb between my PC's.
Help requests on PC Advisor and other help forums brought forth no responses. Requests for support from Microsoft, Belkin and emachines were ignored. Promised replies were never received. Eventually through MS knowledge base I arrived at Intel's Website and learned that they had identified a problem in XP's Zero Configuration feature. Although my network adapter driver appears to be later than the quoted errant version, it suffers from the same problem. I was therefore obliged to drop down to 128 bit WEP, in order to have a functioning network.
All of this of course, meant that I lost the very security feature that encouraged me to purchase a radio network in the first place.
If this was a common experience with WPA on 802.11g, I sincerely hope that AES and 802.11i works a little better.

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