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Old 04-08-2005, 07:12 PM   #11
groucho
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<Something more like the Netgear WG111
http://www.netgear.com/products/details/WG111.php>

Well, gizmos like that are acutally dangerous. It only supports WEP encryption, and that's been vulnerable for a long time. There are now tools which allow the strongest WEP versions to be hacked in three to five minutes. And that's assuming the user picks a really really hard password.

Anyone who is still using WEP, as opposed to the newer WPA or better encryption, *WILL* BE HACKED. The only real question is when, not if.

This is like going online without an antivirus and firewall, it qualifies for a Darwin Award these days. Two years ago WEP was fine, but things have changed.

A "bridge" is more than a casual user needs. A bridge is usually intended to extend the range from one access point (wifi router) to another, not just connect one computer. A USB gizmo that provides WPA would be cheaper, smaller, better way to go for one user.
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