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WPA2 Personal WLAN Connection

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I recently got a Linksys Wireless-G Access Point (model# WAP54G) and connected it to my wired network via a Netgear switch (model# FS526T).  I tested it with no security enabled and was able to connect to the network via my Fujitsu notebook (model# Lifebook S series S6120D).  Internet worked fine and I was able to connect to my shares.

Now, using the Linksys setup program I enable the WPA2 personal security level, gave it a passphrase and tried to connect.... nothing!  

Error message: "Windows is unable to connect to the selected network."

Thinking my WLAN card wasn't up-to-date I downgraded the security to WEP and connected fine.  Okay... so upgrade the WLAN card so it's compatible to the WPA2 standard right?  I haven't had much luck with that theory yet... so am I stuck with the WEP seturity until I upgrade my laptop or is there some way to upgrade the firmware/driver of the WLAN card to be compatible with the WPA2 standard?

The wireless card in question is the Broadcom BCM4306 Wireless LAN Adapter; driver date: 6/13/2003; driver version: 3.20.23.0

I checked Fujitsu's support site and verified the driver is up-to-date and I've run all available Windows Updates.  At this point I'm unsure what to do.

Help?
-Erik
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by:neoponder
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Are you running XP?  
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Yes, XP Pro SP2

update:

I've tested the connection on another laptop, sony (model# VGN-TX750P (PCG - 4G1L)) and the connection works fine with WPA2.  I've had the sony for only a couple weeks so it probably has a newer WLAN adapter.  Therefore, my WPA2 settings on the access point are fine.  Now I just need to figure out if the fujitsu can work with the WPA2 standard.

I also have an older IBM Thinkpad T41 (model# 2373 / 7FU) that is giving me the same problem as the fujitsu.
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by:erik_n_pdx
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SOLVED IT! :-)

Apparently the Windows Service pack 2 doesn't upgrade to WPA2 on its own... you have to install an additional update located on their support site:

http://support.microsoft.com/?id=893357
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by:erik_n_pdx
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argg... x-(

Solved it for the IBM T41.  Still can't get it working for the Fujitsu.  Maybe I don't have the right Broadcom drivers...
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If anyone's still searching for a resolution to this, I found by installing the Linksys driver for the Linksys WMP54GS, I was able to get my Dell Truemobile 1300 WLAN Mini-PCI card working with it's Broadcom BCM4306 chipset.  The driver version is: 3.100.46.0 and has a date of 22.12.2004.

My notebook now works happily with WPA2.

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Erik's original solution worked on my older Dell C640 laptop with the Dell/Broadcom TrueMobile 1300 WLAN Mini-PCI card.  Installed, rebooted, voila!  Thanks.
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