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How to connect to a WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK wireless network
Authored by: leamanc on Apr 19, '12 03:31:58PM

Don't listen to 'em, Kirk. The site had taken a dip in quality, but has gotten the sufficient kick in the ass it needed since you have become the full-time editor.

Clearly, folks are confusing pre-shared keys with regular WPA/WPA2 passwords. They are *not* the same. In a PSK setup, you must have both the key AND a method of authentication personalized to you--password, certificate, token, 802.1x*, etc.--to log on to the network. This is not what Apple's AirPort products do out of the box; a RADIUS server like Elektron must be added to the mix to utilize a PSK scheme.



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How to connect to a WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK wireless network
Authored by: r-spx on Apr 19, '12 03:41:34PM

Sorry, but you're wrong. From Wikipedia:

"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"

and also

"WPA-Personal
Also referred to as WPA-PSK (Pre-shared key) mode, it is designed for home and small office networks and doesn't require an authentication server. Each wireless network device authenticates with the access point using the same 256-bit key generated from a password or passphrase."

The same 256-bit key. No authentication server required! And none mentioned in the tip either. FWIW "WPA Personal" is how OS X refers to it too. The type you're referring to, requiring an authentication server, is referred to by OS X as WPA Enterprise.

Edited on Apr 19, '12 03:49:01PM by r-spx



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How to connect to a WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK wireless network
Authored by: agentx on Apr 20, '12 02:23:33AM

See my comment as i respectfully disagree with your comment regarding "PSK" @leamanc

Edited on Apr 20, '12 02:24:33AM by agentx



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How to connect to a WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK wireless network
Authored by: ademsemir on Apr 22, '12 12:03:24PM

I have WPA2-PSK at home, and i have never had any problem connecting to it from my MBP and MBA. its a straight forward thing using the standard dialog box http://cl.ly/2H3T1g3U253t2H2s0X2q



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