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[ham-80211] Re: WEP encryption?

Lyle Williams lyle.williams at bigpond.com
Wed Jul 28 09:25:48 UTC 2004

Running SSH/SSL over a WLAN wouldn't prevent non-amateurs from transiting
across a network that operates under amateur regs...

Lyle Williams
CCIE #4916

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brian Riley (maillist)" <n1bq_list at wulfden.org>
To: "Amateur 802.11b Mailing List" <ham-80211 at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Saturday, July 24, 2004 11:36 AM
Subject: Re: [ham-80211] Re: WEP encryption?

> Ham satellite command uplinks have been encrypted for years with the FCCs
> specific blessing ... all quite legal. The encryption's purpose is not to
> "obscure" but to provide security.
> In that sense WEP and WPA for that matter are a joke. They demand precious
> horsepower from the relatively puny CPU's in the WAPs that they can ill
> afford to give up. It would be better to run SSH/SSL and let the big iron
> our laptops and desktops do it with much greater ease. Use of SSH/SSL
> be just as legal as the use of WEP and a damned sight more manageable.
> Here in the Burlington, VT area Univ of Vermont runs an enormous (50-75
> WAPs) wireless network using this method with great success and pretty
> throughput.
> On 6/23/04 11:53 AM, "Walt DuBose" <dubose at texas.net> wrote:
> > Without getting into details, Gerry and I are quite confident that
> > encryption for the purpose of access/authentication control are
> > acceptable to the FCC...we just need to sniff out at what level the FCC
> > would be comfortable with.  Additionally, I personally believe that they
> > were concerned with obscuration on frequencies below 2M anyway (this
> > from orignal FCC documents fo 30-40 years ago) and perhaps today only on
> > frequencies 900 MHz and up and especially where we share frequencies.
> > In fact, they may not give a hoot if we encrypt or not on the higher
> > bands.  But that's just my feeling.
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