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New wireless security means costly upgrade

Latest encryption standard unable to run on old wireless Lan hardware. Wireless local area network (Lan) users will face a hefty bill if they want to take advantage of a new encryption standard currently being developed. The forthcoming 802.11i standard will not be backwards compatible with existing 802.11b architecture, although it can be built into new hardware. “It won’t run with the current 802.11b infrastructure,” said Brian Mathews, publicity chairman of the 802 working group. “The hardware needed to run the encryption will need to be fairly powerful, so old 802.11b cards won’t be able to run it. Full Story

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