Explanations to some of the options in Wireless setup
Let me start by saying that I don't have problem with wireless, thanks to Mandriva's excellent support for wireless configuration. The problem I had was largely because of a silly mistake I was making. Its solved and infact I'm now communicating with wireless connection itself.
I'm actually expecting some clarifications on few of the options that was available in my router's wireless setup page.
I have attached an image. But just incase if that is not visible enough this is what the security page has:
This is what was on Mandriva's Network Configuration page:
Select SSID: SV # my SSID name
Network Authentication: Mixed WPA2/WPA-PSK # my selection: WPA, WPA2 and 802.11 were asking for radius server ip ?!
WPA Pre-Shared Key: blahblah # some dummy password
WPA Group Rekey Interval:0
WPA Encryption: TKIP+AES # my selection, thought more is good :)
WEP Encryption: Enabled # Enable/Disable option
Encryption Strength: 128-bit # had choice between 64-bit and 128-bit
Current Network Key: 2 # 2 was default, 1 was not shown except for open authentication
Network Key1: testingwireless # my password
Network Key2: testingwireless # my password again
Network Key3: # blank, got bored ;)
Network Key4: # blank, wtf
Enter 13 ASCII characters or 26 hexadecimal digits for 128-bit encryption keys
Enter 5 ASCII characters or 10 hexadecimal digits for 64-bit encryption keys
Each time I was able to connect with 'Open' authentication. But with any other secure authentication method I was not able to connect. I finally found that in the 'Encryption Key' box, I was typing my 'Network Key1' instead of WPA Pre-Shared Key. How silly...!!! :D But part of the problem was due to similar/confusing terms used.
Operating Mode: Managed # Managed, Master, Repeater, Ad-hoc,...etc
Network name (ESSID): SV
Encryption mode: WPA/WPA2 Pre-Shared Key #WPA/WPA2 Enterprise, Open WEP.. etc
Encryption Key: testingwireless # this is what I was typing instead of blahblah :)
EAP Login Username:
[Automatic IP radio button]
Now, here is my problem. I am pretty much confused with some of the terms used in configuration pages both at router and on my linux. I searched in the net, you get elaborate and seperate guides which are too technical. Searched in youtube also. Not much of help.
My questions are:
1. With selection of WPA/WPA2, is it required to select WEP encryption? Is that just a wrong entry in my router page, I mean page showing unnecessary options even with selection of WPA?
2. What is the difference between WPA PSK and Network Key1, Network Key2.. listed above.
3. What is WPA Group Rekey Interval?
4. What are WPA Encryption:- TKIP and AES which is good or which should be selected for WPA and/or WPA2?
5. Is Radius server ip is given by ISP or we can find out?
6. What is EAP login? Again we can create it at home network level or ISP gives it?
Hope to get some positive reply...