Linksys WCG200 wireless security and assorted issues

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by JoeT, Feb 28, 2005.

  1. JoeT

    JoeT Guest

    Initially purchased this combination router/wireless-g gateway/cable modem
    because of the convenience of having one unit to share the internet and also
    basic networking within my home. All in all works a charm with issues.

    It appears to have only WEP available. I do have it set to 128bit encryption
    as shared and have set a passhprase for the key as well as defined the key.

    When setting up a wireless node, I am only asked for the key, never for the
    passphrase.

    It works, without the passphrase which rather bugs me. I did also set the
    router to allow wireless-g connections only as well as by MAC address and
    defined that address so it appears to be using that and the key alone to
    authenticate?

    All in all the WCG200 has severely limited logging capability ( Virtually
    none ). It also has a measureable decrease in throuhput via the ethernet
    (hardwired) connections compared to the USB or wireless. The test at
    http://miranda.ctd.anl.gov:7123/ shows a duplex mismatch warning when tests
    are run via the wired (CATV) connections no matter what I set the actual
    NIC's duplex to and there is nothing I find in the WCG200 utils to monitor
    or correct for this. Oddly I get much better throuhput via the USB or
    wireless-g connections!

    Anyway, ideas are warmly welcomed lol
    JoeT, Feb 28, 2005
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  2. JoeT

    JoeT Guest

    "JoeT" <noway@today> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Initially purchased this combination router/wireless-g gateway/cable modem
    > because of the convenience of having one unit to share the internet and
    > also basic networking within my home. All in all works a charm with
    > issues.
    >
    > It appears to have only WEP available. I do have it set to 128bit
    > encryption as shared and have set a passhprase for the key as well as
    > defined the key.
    >
    > When setting up a wireless node, I am only asked for the key, never for
    > the passphrase.
    >
    > It works, without the passphrase which rather bugs me. I did also set the
    > router to allow wireless-g connections only as well as by MAC address and
    > defined that address so it appears to be using that and the key alone to
    > authenticate?
    >
    > Anyway, ideas are warmly welcomed lol
    >


    Ok let me try this. Anyone have any ideas where I might find others with
    first hand experience with the WCG200?
    Other than Linksys support who told me to reflash the firwmware in a
    response to an email in which I had stated they didn't have firmware
    available for it? lol
    JoeT, Mar 1, 2005
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  3. JoeT

    Malke Guest

    JoeT wrote:

    >
    > "JoeT" <noway@today> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Initially purchased this combination router/wireless-g gateway/cable
    >> modem because of the convenience of having one unit to share the
    >> internet and also basic networking within my home. All in all works a
    >> charm with issues.
    >>
    >> It appears to have only WEP available. I do have it set to 128bit
    >> encryption as shared and have set a passhprase for the key as well as
    >> defined the key.
    >>
    >> When setting up a wireless node, I am only asked for the key, never
    >> for the passphrase.
    >>
    >> It works, without the passphrase which rather bugs me. I did also set
    >> the router to allow wireless-g connections only as well as by MAC
    >> address and defined that address so it appears to be using that and
    >> the key alone to authenticate?
    >>
    >> Anyway, ideas are warmly welcomed lol
    >>

    >
    > Ok let me try this. Anyone have any ideas where I might find others
    > with first hand experience with the WCG200?
    > Other than Linksys support who told me to reflash the firwmware in a
    > response to an email in which I had stated they didn't have firmware
    > available for it? lol


    Forgive me if I'm misunderstanding you and I've not got experience with
    that particular piece of hardware, but in every wireless router I've
    seen you enter the passphrase to generate the WEP key. The passphrase
    is never used again; it isn't an additional security item. Then in the
    wireless setups of the computers joining the network, you only enter in
    the WEP key. The passphrase on the router is only to provide the
    convenience of generating the WEP key.

    Malke
    --
    MS MVP - Windows Shell/User
    Elephant Boy Computers
    www.elephantboycomputers.com
    "Don't Panic!"
    Malke, Mar 1, 2005
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  4. JoeT

    JoeT Guest

    "Malke" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > JoeT wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> "JoeT" <noway@today> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >>> Initially purchased this combination router/wireless-g gateway/cable
    >>> modem because of the convenience of having one unit to share the
    >>> internet and also basic networking within my home. All in all works a
    >>> charm with issues.
    >>>
    >>> It appears to have only WEP available. I do have it set to 128bit
    >>> encryption as shared and have set a passhprase for the key as well as
    >>> defined the key.
    >>>
    >>> When setting up a wireless node, I am only asked for the key, never
    >>> for the passphrase.
    >>>
    >>> It works, without the passphrase which rather bugs me. I did also set
    >>> the router to allow wireless-g connections only as well as by MAC
    >>> address and defined that address so it appears to be using that and
    >>> the key alone to authenticate?
    >>>
    >>> Anyway, ideas are warmly welcomed lol
    >>>

    >>
    >> Ok let me try this. Anyone have any ideas where I might find others
    >> with first hand experience with the WCG200?
    >> Other than Linksys support who told me to reflash the firwmware in a
    >> response to an email in which I had stated they didn't have firmware
    >> available for it? lol

    >
    > Forgive me if I'm misunderstanding you and I've not got experience with
    > that particular piece of hardware, but in every wireless router I've
    > seen you enter the passphrase to generate the WEP key. The passphrase
    > is never used again; it isn't an additional security item. Then in the
    > wireless setups of the computers joining the network, you only enter in
    > the WEP key. The passphrase on the router is only to provide the
    > convenience of generating the WEP key.
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > MS MVP - Windows Shell/User
    > Elephant Boy Computers
    > www.elephantboycomputers.com
    > "Don't Panic!"


    Well now that's a detail I'd never seen in writing, not even in the unit's
    manual. Thank you very much that at least calms one point of anxiety in my
    setup.
    JoeT, Mar 1, 2005
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  5. JoeT

    Malke Guest

    JoeT wrote:

    >
    > "Malke" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> JoeT wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> "JoeT" <noway@today> wrote in message
    >>> news:...
    >>>> Initially purchased this combination router/wireless-g
    >>>> gateway/cable modem because of the convenience of having one unit
    >>>> to share the internet and also basic networking within my home. All
    >>>> in all works a charm with issues.
    >>>>
    >>>> It appears to have only WEP available. I do have it set to 128bit
    >>>> encryption as shared and have set a passhprase for the key as well
    >>>> as defined the key.
    >>>>
    >>>> When setting up a wireless node, I am only asked for the key, never
    >>>> for the passphrase.
    >>>>
    >>>> It works, without the passphrase which rather bugs me. I did also
    >>>> set the router to allow wireless-g connections only as well as by
    >>>> MAC address and defined that address so it appears to be using that
    >>>> and the key alone to authenticate?
    >>>>
    >>>> Anyway, ideas are warmly welcomed lol
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>> Ok let me try this. Anyone have any ideas where I might find others
    >>> with first hand experience with the WCG200?
    >>> Other than Linksys support who told me to reflash the firwmware in a
    >>> response to an email in which I had stated they didn't have firmware
    >>> available for it? lol

    >>
    >> Forgive me if I'm misunderstanding you and I've not got experience
    >> with that particular piece of hardware, but in every wireless router
    >> I've seen you enter the passphrase to generate the WEP key. The
    >> passphrase is never used again; it isn't an additional security item.
    >> Then in the wireless setups of the computers joining the network, you
    >> only enter in the WEP key. The passphrase on the router is only to
    >> provide the convenience of generating the WEP key.


    >
    > Well now that's a detail I'd never seen in writing, not even in the
    > unit's manual. Thank you very much that at least calms one point of
    > anxiety in my setup.


    You're most welcome. Glad that solved your issue and thanks for taking
    the time to let me know.

    Malke
    --
    MS MVP - Windows Shell/User
    Elephant Boy Computers
    www.elephantboycomputers.com
    "Don't Panic!"
    Malke, Mar 1, 2005
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