Living in a house with cable internet. The owner recently added a
wireless router that should give access to the internet throughout the
NETGEAR RangeMax Wireless Router, 108 Mbps 802.11g MIMO
Now I originally planned to the get following device
Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router 54 Mbps 802.11g, WPA, QoS, 4P
And just plug my desktop into the ethernet port and setup wireless (it
has WAP built-in) and avoid any problems with a) drivers for wireless
cards & b) future compatibility since my current machine is PCI based
and the next one will be PCIe. I figure there is little point in
spending money on a PCI card.
Now the problem I have is trying to work out if the two devices are
The netgrear is using the "Atheros Super G" chipset, and Linksys is
However from talking to a friend, that's not the only problem are, the
encryption needs to be compatible.
Netgear is WPA-PSK (also supports WPA2-PSK according to docs), and the
Linksys is WPA. Reading the Linksys documentation from the website it
identifies it as supporting WPA.
So, I think that WPA-PSK and WPA are basically the same thing?
This particular model of the Linksys also is capable of supporting 3rd
which supports WPA2.
So it looks like, one way or another the encryption problem is dealt
with, either just use WPA-PSK, or switch to another firmware and use
Of course if anyone knows of any problems, or if I'm assuming
something that I shouldn't be, let me know :)
But the question about chipset compatibility remains. I haven't
managed to find anything online saying if there are any problems, or
indeed if there are none. I'm a little concerned since the Netgear
router is not standard 802.11g, but is instead incorporating a few
additions from the upcoming standard for 802.11n. Is it likely that
these two are going to play nice? or will I just have to bite the
bullet and find out?
"Nothing's foolproof to a sufficently talented fool"
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