> The netgrear is using the "Atheros Super G" chipset, and Linksys is
> Ralink based.
The router/AP chipset is pretty much irrelevant unless you want to run
Linux on it ;-). The chipset on the client side, i.e. the particular
PCMCIA/PCI/USB card/dongle you're using, is much more of a worry. Finding
one that works under Linux and offers all required features requires some
> 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.
The Linksys does support WPA2, see
It doesn't say so explicitly, but it mentions support for AES encryption,
that basically means WPA2.
> So, I think that WPA-PSK and WPA are basically the same thing?
WPA is the general term. PSK = Pre-Shared Key, a setup most commonly
used in simple or home networks. One step up would be EAP = Extensible
Authentication Protocol, which is enterprise grade and often used with
Radius. My Linksys WAP54G supports EAP IIRC, and I guess that Linksys
router should, too. Not that it matters for your setup ...
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