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D-Link Upgrades To Next Gen Wi-Fi Security Standard

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D-Link has announced that it is upgrading its products to support the new security standard, WPA2. WPA2 is based on the 802.11i standard and offers a higher level of security than its predecessor WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access). The main difference between WPA2 and WPA lies in the encryption system. WPA2 uses Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), i.e. a block cipher instead of a stream cipher, which increases security substantially.

"WPA2 delivers a level of security that compares favourably to that of traditional wired networks," says Tahira Perveen, Country Sales Manager, D-Link UK and Ireland. After upgrading to WPA2, the most security-conscious companies will be able to feel confident that the information in their wireless networks is only accessible to authorised users.

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The WPA2 upgrade will initially be aimed at corporate environments that use a RADIUS server. WPA2 obtains its login information from the RADIUS server.

In early 2005, D-Link plans to launch WPA2 software upgrades for the following products:

• DWL-G520
• DWL-G520+
• DWL-G650
• DWL-G650+
• DWL-2000AP+
• DWL-2100AP
• DI-624
• DI-624+
• DWL-G132 (forthcoming product)

Several more products, both existing and new, will then be upgraded in a later phase.

Links:
www.dlink.co.uk

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