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Yakko
2006-04-27, 18:56
I moved my slimserver to a different machine last night and in the process snagged the lastest server and firmware. The squeezebox detected and installed the new firmware without difficulty. However, upon reboot I found that I could not longer get a wireless connection. After much messing around I discovered that my WEP key had been cleared as part of the upgrade process.

This was no disaster I just had to re-enter it, but I did burn a bunch of time figuring it out. So if your squeezebox just stops talking to your network after an upgrade, don't waste time, check the WEP key.

As a feature request: It would be nice if the squeezebox would indicate on the display that it has has an invalid wireless key, instead of just saying "connected", but allowing no network traffic. Technically it is connected, because it has associated with the wireless access point, but it is not functional until it has "authorized" itself.

Status messages indicating "connecting", "connected, authorizing", "authorized, getting dhcp address", etc would be useful.

Still love the product, Thanks!

Mark Lanctot
2006-04-28, 05:52
Strange - I've never had my encryption key cleared in 3 or 4 server/firmware updates.

Also you're aware of the security risks of WEP? Try WPA.

Finally the status messages would be useful if there were connection problems. For a working connection they would go by so fast they'd be useless. This may not be an easy thing to implement. Even in the much more sophisticated wireless connection software included with wireless NICs doesn't do this.

Yakko
2006-04-28, 10:25
I am familier with the WEP vs WPA issues. Thanks for asking - not enough people know that WEP is fairly easily crackable.

It is my understanding that firmware supports WPA2-PSK, but not WPA2-Enterprise (authentication beyond simple shared secret, or use of an external authentication source i.e. radius) Is this correct?

dean
2006-04-28, 10:53
On Apr 28, 2006, at 10:25 AM, Yakko wrote:
> It is my understanding that firmware supports WPA2-PSK, but not
> WPA2-Enterprise (authentication beyond simple shared secret, or use of
> an external authentication source i.e. radius) Is this correct?
This is correct.