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Can WPA Security work between a Vista Ultimate client and the VersaLink 7500 Modem?

Copper Contributor
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Registered: ‎09-05-2008

Can WPA Security work between a Vista Ultimate client and the VersaLink 7500 Modem?

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Could not get this to work.  I specified WPA Any and created my own 8-ASCII character case-sensitive WPA key. Ussed this info on the Vista side to create a wireless connection.  Would not connect.


Verizon Support tells me WPA does not work betyween Vista and the 7500 modem.  Only WEP works.


And, BTW, my laptop is less than 6 months old and is  draft-N wireless compatible.


Why do I care?  Because Microsffoft recommends AGAINST using WEP - it is not very secure.  I will quote them, below from the Vista Help File.


Wikipedia says, "Despite its weaknesses, WEP is still widely in use.[3] WEP is often the first security choice presented to users by router configuration tools even though it provides a level of security that deters only unintentional use, leaving the network vulnerable to deliberate compromise.[4]


Thanx for all help. 


If you plan to have a wireless network, you should set it up so that only people you choose can access it. Here are a few options for wireless network security.

Hide content Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)

WPA encrypts information, and it also checks to make sure that the network security key has not been modified. WPA also authenticates users to help ensure that only authorized people can access the network.

There are two types of WPA authentication: WPA and WPA2. WPA is designed to work with all wireless network adapters, but it might not work with older routers or access points. WPA2 is more secure than WPA, but it will not work with some older network adapters. WPA is designed to be used with an 802.1X authentication server, which distributes different keys to each user. This is referred to as WPA-Enterprise or WPA2-Enterprise. It can also be used in a pre-shared key (PSK) mode, where every user is given the same passphrase. This is referred to as WPA-Personal or WPA2-Personal.

Hide content Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)

WEP is an older network security method that is still available to support older devices, but it is no longer recommended. When you enable WEP, you set up a network security key. This key encrypts the information that one computer sends to another computer across your network. However, WEP security is relatively easy to crack.

  • We don't recommend using WEP. WPA or WPA2 are more secure. If you try WPA or WPA2 and they don't work, we recommend that you upgrade your network adapter to one that works with WPA or WPA2.

Copper Contributor
Copper Contributor
Posts: 8
Registered: ‎08-07-2008

Re: Can WPA Security work between a Vista Ultimate client and the VersaLink 7500 Modem?

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Having taken a quick look see in the  User Guide, it seems the 7500 is WPA capable; there's one way to find out for certain.
Message Edited by bamboo on 09-16-2008 05:16 AM
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