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WPA ETA?

Thu Jan 06, 2005 12:05 am

Any news on when we might expect WPA?

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Fri Jan 07, 2005 10:09 am

not soon, if ever?
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Fri Jan 07, 2005 2:57 pm

Is there a reason for this not being on the roadmap?

I would have thought it will stop MT being used in quite a few customer applications/markets.

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Fri Jan 07, 2005 3:20 pm

From my point of view wpa is useless...
On every point, I have real AP for ap and mikrotik for p2p links and routing...
 
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Fri Jan 07, 2005 4:00 pm

what's a `real ap`? is MT surreal? :)
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Fri Jan 07, 2005 5:30 pm

:)
I mean hardware AP, not made with atheros/prism card...:)
 
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Fri Jan 07, 2005 5:38 pm

believe it or not, they all have the same stuff inside them ...
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Fri Jan 07, 2005 6:51 pm

But I think the point Stephen made (or at least tried to ;) ) was that if you want to use MikroTik RouterOS to create APs, the lack of WPA will lead to situations where the customers will look for another solution, as this is "industry standard functionality".

Think of WPA what you want, but customers are reading magazines telling them not to buy anything that can't do WPA. A bit overemphasized in my statement here, but the lack of prominent features does create problems...
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Fri Jan 07, 2005 7:48 pm

Thanks Christian, that's amplified exactly the point I was trying to make.

Consumers will still buy cheap APs from Taiwan which have WPA, MT-solutions won't compete with them on price.
But when we want to provide high quality managed service products (i.e. not cheap commodity APs) to our customers here in Europe, such as telecom providers and large corporates they still want features like WPA.
Often in these cases it's a "check-box" problem rather than real - if the product doesn't have it, they are put off - even if they don't use.
However I think WPA is a real issue.

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Fri Jan 07, 2005 8:46 pm

As I remember, WPA2 is in the works for v2.9 -- but I will have to check on it next week. We are also working on 802.11i (or at least the features that can be easily used and are most needed).

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Fri Jan 07, 2005 9:04 pm

This begs the question: When will 2.9 drop its BETA suffix?

Is this estimate of 5 more weeks from now still valid?
http://www.mikrotik.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1603


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Sat Jan 08, 2005 12:54 am

i`d like to second the request. WPA and 802.11i are important for the market and often asked for.

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Sat Jan 08, 2005 6:48 pm

eh.. if you want to secure a wireless link why would you use WPA?

Mikrotik has the capability of being a VPN server.. Why not tunnel the traffic through a PPTP server and encrypt it at a much higher level than WPA/WEP would offer?
 
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Sat Jan 08, 2005 9:09 pm

Hey no doubt that's a technically very viable solution, and one we'd probably advise customers to consider implementing.

but at "point of decision making" if the end user is to see expecting WPA as an option, one that the industry sees as "normal" and available on $99 APs, then doesn't look good to have it missing from such an excellent wireless router.

Not a problem if you are using MT to provide services, but a big "ouch" if trying to sell MT-powered products I guess ...

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Sat Jan 08, 2005 11:10 pm

Not a problem if you are using MT to provide services, but a big "ouch" if trying to sell MT-powered products I guess ...
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