Windows 8 the Nanny State >WLAN Security their way

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Windows 8 the Nanny State >WLAN Security their way


Microsoft has decided that wireless shared-key WEP is not secure (I knew that already, duh :) ), so they removed the capability of configuring shared-key WEP from Windows 8.

I have a friend who lives in a house in the country, nobody around her for miles.

For compatibility reasons, I setup her network with shared-key WEP.

Some devices (e.g. some Nintendo DS portable game devices and some WLAN-attached Dell printers) will not work any other way. All newer devices will do shared-key WEP, except for Windows 8, of course.

Shared-key WEP is not secure, but there are no neighbors for miles.

Now her daughter has a shiny new Dell laptop with Windows 8. Spent an hour on the phone trying to connect to the WiFi there. No go.

Microsoft decided that shared key WEP is not secure, so they removed that capability...gone.

Mind you, you can run it with encryption disabled, and open-auth WEP, but no shared-key WEP. The feature is there in Windows XP, Vista, Win 7...but not Windows 8.

So now I need to go install a SECOND access-point in her house that supports WPA2. I will need to set it to a separate radio channel so it does not interfere with the other AP, and hopefully the second AP will provide good coverage for the house, or I will have to run some cabling to place the second AP at a different location in the house.

While I am tempted to just turn encryption off, I don't want anybody connecting to her network.