Does Win98SE support WPA?

  old china 02:09 10 Apr 06

I set up my 3Com Wireless 11g modem/router with 2 PCs (both XP pro) with all the security set up (SSID, router config password, firewall, MAC filtering and WPA-PSK).

Then I tried to bring an old laptop (running Win98SE) into the network and it wouldn't access the net. Tried all sorts, and found it works with i) security disabled! ii) WEP 64 bits and iii)WEP 128 bits (router does not have 256 bits nor higher), but not with WPA.

Can someone tell me whether my network is sufficiently protected? Should I forget about WPA with Win98SE?

  keewaa 07:51 10 Apr 06

Apparently you can download the WPA functionality for win98 here
click here
stick to the freeware, they might try to get you to pay for unecessary extras.

  ade.h 15:42 10 Apr 06

Native WPA support arrived for XP in May 2005, by which time Win98 had already gone into the extended support period, so didn't get an update. I can't vouch for WPA Assistant.

  old china 01:42 12 Apr 06

Thanks, both. I'll have a go.

  ade.h 18:15 12 Apr 06

Purely academic this, but I have to correct myself slightly; it was WPA2 that became supported in an XP update from May 05.

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