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stephenkca
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Plans for 802.11g/WPA support?

Tue Nov 30, 2004 11:47 am

I have been slowly researching my digital music options, and the Soundbridge is as close to supporting my ideal features list for such a device as any I have found. (Good work, Roku!)

Sole exception: 802.11b/WEP, not 802.11g/WPA & WPA-PK?!?

I certainly don't want to sacrifice bandwidth and downgrade my network security to WEP, with its well-understood vulnerabilities. Yes, I suppose I could buy a bridge, but that adds that much more clutter to an elegant bit of design, and additional hassle to setting the thing up. What I want is to buy Soundbridges and get 802.11g/WPA OOB.

I expect this is on the product enhancement wish list. How soon might we expect it to appear?
 
RokuMike

Tue Nov 30, 2004 2:59 pm

We're looking into adding WPA support, although I can't announce anything at this point.

802.11g is farther away, because we have not located a suitable card.
 
vs
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Tue Nov 30, 2004 11:41 pm

RokuMike,

This might be a suitable card for you....
http://www.linksys.com/splash/wcf54g_splash.asp

John
 
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Wed Dec 01, 2004 9:41 am

FYI, the new Linksys CF 802.11g card does not support WPA, only WEP encryption. Also this card is very specific to the Pocket PC market and doesn't include other built in drivers. Meaning that if you had a CF-slot-equipped laptop running Windows XP, the current iteration of this card won't properly run on it.
 
lexshrapnel
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g men

Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:39 am

OK, so I'm still waiting for my M1000, but do I take this thread to indicate that should a CF card of 802.11g spec be approved by Roku sometime, then by swapping it for the 'b' one (and perhaps upgrading the software), I would then get a better bandwidth? :shock:
 
GeneArch
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Thu Dec 02, 2004 12:22 pm

I would "guess" that in the future there will be a suitable "G" card. Doing a google search and I can only find two "G" cards that are available, one being the LinkSys (which as noted before has no WPA and limited drivers)

If you absolutely must have a "G" wireless setup today, your only option is a bridge, $70 and up. Keep in mind that the MSRP for the LinkSys card is currently $99, most likely available on the street for right around $80.
 
rvacha
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Thu Dec 02, 2004 1:30 pm

Gene-
What is the second G card?
 
GeneArch
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Thu Dec 02, 2004 2:34 pm

rvacha wrote:
Gene-
What is the second G card?


my bad... (I quickly browsed w/o looking at the details)

It's here: but "coming soon"

http://www.ndclan.com/Products/NWH5020.asp

So, as a correction.. there is only ONE CF 802.11g card currently on the market and it has the following issues:

1. No WPA
2. No drivers other than PPC
 
lexshrapnel
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Thu Dec 02, 2004 3:20 pm

Gene,
Sure, I can see from the roku site and the forums that there are no currently available cards that are suitable; I just wanted to make sure that there was no internal hardware issue on the Soundbridges that prevent them using a faster connection. I assume, unless anyone says otherwise, that since the ethernet is 10/100Mbps, then that indicates a maximum that exceeds the 'g' capacity. I'm hoping that I'll be receiving (and enjoying the soundbridge) well before I need to swap cards!
thanks,
lex
 
vs
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Thu Dec 02, 2004 3:45 pm

lexshrapnel wrote:
Gene,
I assume, unless anyone says otherwise, that since the ethernet is 10/100Mbps, then that indicates a maximum that exceeds the 'g' capacity.


Now that you mention it, Lex, the SoundBridge only supports 10Mbps wired Ethernet, not 10/100. Wireless shouldn't be an issue however, since RokuMike has already stated that 802.11g support will happen.

John
 
RokuMike

Thu Dec 02, 2004 4:58 pm

Sorry, let me make sure I'm being clear. I have not said that 802.11g support will happen. I've said that we continue to evaluate available 11g CF card options to see if one is suitable. If one becomes available, we'll seriously consider supporting it, but we can't promise this.
 
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Thu Dec 02, 2004 5:01 pm

Oops.... apologies Mike, my bad.

John
 
RokuMike

Thu Dec 02, 2004 6:37 pm

No worries. :)
 
lexshrapnel
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g men II

Fri Dec 03, 2004 6:07 am

O.K., so 'g' support is not a given and the ethernet is only 10mbps, but since it hasn't been ruled out, is there any reason why a current M1000 would not get a reasonable bandwidth enhancement with a 'g' card?
(Sorry to harp on here :wink: )
 
RokuMike

Fri Dec 03, 2004 11:33 am

If we were able to locate a suitable g card and driver, then I would expect increased network throughput with it, yes.

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