Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:18 PM
At work we have a wireless router set up for the employees that is not connected to any actual work related network. This is for personal use only. We're using a Cisco M10 router. Two computers are plugged in via ethernet cables and never have problems with the internet. However, laptops and such have had chronic problems connecting. It will often work, but then randomly it will say "no internet access". During these periods the hard wired computers work fine. Recently this happened to my laptop. To fix it I removed the wifi profile and made a new one. To my surprise this fixed it. I think there is something that maybe degrades with the encryption. There are probably 30-50 users (not on all at once by any means) that use a all sorts of wifi adapters to connect (i.e. cell phones, laptops, kindles, etc.). We are using WPA/WPA2 Mixed-Mode currently. Could this be the problem? It has happened while using a D-Link as well.
My question is, what setting provides some security while compatible with the most devices. We aren't terribly concerned with security except as a most basic deterrent. The N radio is not necessary for speed, but there are a lot of rooms this covers so having the range advantage would be nice (I read somewhere that N radio can only use WPA?). Will using the less secure WEP allow the easiest access? Will WEP prevent N radio adapters from utilizing the extra range the N radio provides? Thanks!