Authentication is a method by which the two ends of the link
verify their identity. The
authentication, i.e. the access point accepts the client as is
(modulo any MAC address filtering etc.).
authentication requires that the client use its WEP key
to gain access. There is
mechanism for the access point to prove its identity!
And since WEP keys are easily obtained by snooping traffic,
little is gained by using authentication. However, if you
want to play with it, these are the steps required.
Start the configuration program and select
to send the values to the access point, and then go to
to apply the changes to the access point operation.
LinkSys WAP-11 v2.2
Point your browser to the access point, and click on the
tab then on the
tab. Near the bottom set the selection in the
Finally, click on
to change the access point operating mode.
The change here is quite simple.
Edit the file
and change the line
which was inserted when starting WEP, to
Remove the card, and re-insert, and you now also have authentication
of the client to the access point. Of course, this does
authenticate the access point to the client, so you could be
tricked into connecting to somebody's rogue access point, with all
I was not able to make the Orinoco card operate in
mode. I did not try this when the ESSID string was broadcast;
perhaps this is a pre-requisite, although I found no specific reference
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