Zyxel Catches Up on Wireless Security

 
 
By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2004-06-07 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Zyxel Communications's new 802.11g router supports Wi-Fi Protected Access.

A little late to the party, Zyxel Communications now supports WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) with its 802.11g access points and wireless routers.

I tested the ZyAir G-2000 wireless router, an 802.11g-compliant device that includes a four-port 10/100M-bps switch, two detachable variable antennas, a stateful inspection firewall engine and simple Web filtering services. The G-2000, which shipped last month, sells for $165.

The G-2000 provides versatile security with MAC filtering; WPA for use with an external RADIUS server; and WPA-PSK, a slimmed-down version for smaller sites that uses a preshared key for authentication.

The G-2000s integrated user database distinguishes it from other vendors wireless routers. Supporting as many as 32 users internally, the database can be used for 802.1x authentication in conjunction with EAP-MD5 (Extensible Authentication Protocol with MD5) presenting user credentials.

Unfortunately, EAP-MD5 cannot be used to generate encryption keys dynamically, so WPA still requires an external RADIUS server.

For more information, go to www.zyxel.com.

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Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at agarcia@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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