How WPA Works

How WPA Works – WPA, or Wi-Fi Protected Access, was developed as “WEP’s replacement.” There are two versions of Wi-Fi Protected Access: WPA and WPA2. The original WPA standard was intended as a temporary replacement for WEP while the 802.11i (WPA2) standard was being developed. Because of the way WPA works, it was able to run on most existing wireless cards and access points through a simple firmware update. The technology that allows WPA to work on existing hardware is TKIP, the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol. We won’t go too…

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