NetComm NP642 User Manual

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NP642 IEEE 802.11g PCI Adapter

YML785 Rev1


WPA stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access - authorizes and

identifies users based on a secret key that changes automatically

at a pre-defined interval. This is called TKIP (Temporal Key

Integrity Protocol) to change the temporal key every 10,000

packets (= unit of data.) Keys can either be pre-shared or

established by a RADIUS Server.


RADIUS is part of 802.11i security; this is a wireless standard

which is only concerned with wireless security standards.

Authentication is based around a secure server with a challenge-

and-response method of interaction which verifies the identity

of the client wishing to connect to the network. If you wish to

connect to a RADIUS server ask the Network Administrator for

details. RADIUS servers are not usually used as part of home