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Configuring Mixed WPA-PSK+WPA2-PSK Security

A high-performance client such as the NETGEAR WN511B must connect to the modem router using WPA2-PSK to achieve maximum performance. Wireless clients that connect to the modem router using WPA-PSK run at no more than 802.11g speed. This option allows wireless clients to use either encryption method.

Note: Not all wireless adapters support WPA or WPA2. Furthermore, client software is required on the client. Windows XP and Windows 2000 with Service Pack 3 do include the client software that supports WPA. Nevertheless, the wireless adapter hardware and driver must also support WPA. Consult the product document for your wireless adapter and WPA client software for instructions on configuring WPA settings.

To configure Mixed WPA-PSK+WPA2-PSK:

  1. Log in at the default LAN address of, with the default user name of admin and default password of password, or using whatever LAN address and password you have set up.
  2. Select Wireless Settings below Setup in the main menu of the modem router.
  3. Select the Mixed WPA-PSK+WPA2-PSK radio button. The Wireless Settings screen expands to include the WPA-PSK.
  4. Enter the pre-shared key in the Network Key field using between 8 and 63 characters.
  5. Click Save to save your settings or click Apply to allow your changes to take effect immediately.

    Note: The procedures to configure WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK are identical to the procedure to configure Mixed WPA-PSK+WPA2-PSK. The only difference is that you select either the WPA-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access Pre-Shared Key) or
    WPA2-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 with Pre-Shared Key) radio button in 3..

For details about WPA-802.1x authentication options, see Configuring WPA-802.1x.

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