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How to connect to a WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK wireless network
Authored by: leamanc on Apr 19, '12 03:23:25PM

Perhaps you have never ran into a network with a pre-shared key (PSK). It is not the same as a wireless access point secured by WPA password.

I can vouch for this hint when it comes to PSK; it is much the same for Windows.



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How to connect to a WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK wireless network
Authored by: r-spx on Apr 19, '12 03:44:59PM

See my reply previously to one of your posts but you're incorrect. Wikipedia says:

"Pre-shared key mode (PSK, also known as Personal mode) is designed for home and small office networks that don't require the complexity of an 802.1X authentication server"



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How to connect to a WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK wireless network
Authored by: Westside guy on Apr 22, '12 10:36:51AM

In support of r-spx...

The Pre-Shared Key (PSK) refers to an encryption token that has nothing to do with the user's account at all. It's a shared secret that allows your device and the access point to create an encrypted channel and communicate over it. That encrypted connection has to be made *before* the access point requests your personal authentication info - e.g. your username and password, or PIN, or whatever is being used on that particular network.

The PSK also changes over time - I think the default period is an hour, at least on Apple Airport devices. It's also unique to your specific connection. If your laptop is using an access point and authenticated with your account, and your phone is also connected to that same access point using your account - they are using different PSKs.

Edited on Apr 22, '12 10:38:08AM by Westside guy



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