How to switch to WPA2 in Windows 10?


  1. Posts : 1
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       #1

    How to switch to WPA2 in Windows 10?


    I'm using Windows 10. My current WiFi settings are:
    Network and sharing center >Connections: WIFi (SSID name) >Wireless properties >Security>
    Security type: WPA personal
    Encryption type: AES

    I want to switch to WPA2 personal. When I switch it in the drop down menu the network security key disappears, I reenter it, click OK, after a while the network disconnects, I reconnect and the result is that the network still shows up as WPA - after many attempts and restarts. Same thing happens on a laptop with Windows XP.

    Here are the Network properties
    SSID: ........
    Protocol: 802.11n
    Security type: WPA-Personal
    IPv4 address: 192.168.1.5
    IPv4 DNS Servers: 192.168.1.1
    192.168.1.1
    Manufacturer: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
    Description: Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
    Driver version: 2023.4.720.2015
    Physical address: ‎74-29-AF-92-82-57

    Thank you in advance.
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  2. Cliff S's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
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    Sasho said:
    I'm using Windows 10. My current WiFi settings are:
    Network and sharing center >Connections: WIFi (SSID name) >Wireless properties >Security>
    Security type: WPA personal
    Encryption type: AES

    I want to switch to WPA2 personal. When I switch it in the drop down menu the network security key disappears, I reenter it, click OK, after a while the network disconnects, I reconnect and the result is that the network still shows up as WPA - after many attempts and restarts. Same thing happens on a laptop with Windows XP.

    Here are the Network properties
    SSID: ........
    Protocol: 802.11n
    Security type: WPA-Personal
    IPv4 address: xxx.xxx.x.x
    IPv4 DNS Servers: xxx.xxx.x.x

    192.168.1.1
    Manufacturer: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
    Description: Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
    Driver version: 2023.4.720.2015
    Physical address: ‎74-29-AF-92-82-57

    Thank you in advance.
    I can't answer your question, but tell you, you need to delete or x out your ip adresses(see the quote above I used) for security reasons when posting.

    Exert for: How To Protect Your IP Address | Malwarebytes Labs
    What can someone do with my IP address?There are many reasons why cybercriminals might want your IP address, ranging from just messing with you to future larger-scale, targeted malicious attacks. Three of the main reasons they’re on the hunt for IP addresses are to do the following:

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    Directly attack your network: Criminals can not only use your IP address for larger-scale attacks, but also to directly target your network and launch a variety of assaults. One of the most popular is a DDoS attack (distributed denial-of-service). This type of cyberattack occurs when bad guys use previously infected machines to generate a high volume of requests to flood the targeted system or server. By doing so, it creates too much traffic for the server to handle, resulting in a disruption of services. Basically, it shuts down your Internet, which in turn blocks you from accessing vital resources. While this attack is frequently referenced in being launched against businesses and video game services, it is just as possible to do against an individual, though not as common.

    Online gamers are at particularly high risk for this, as their screen is visible while streaming (on which an IP address can be discovered). They accounted for over half of all of the DDoS attacks last year, according to Akamai’s Q3 2015 State of the Internet—Security Report. If someone’s IP address is known by other gamers, they can launch a DDoS attack, kicking them off of the game and Internet. Even worse (and at worst-case scenario), it could lead to aSWATTING attack, where an attacker pinpoints the location of their victim and deceives authorities enough to dispatch an emergency response team to the victim’s house. Imagine them barging through your door unannounced!
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  3. Phone Man's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 1909 64 bit
       #3

    You have to log into your router and chance the settings for WiFi .

    Jim
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  4. NavyLCDR's Avatar
    Posts : 15,515
    Windows 10 Pro
       #4

    Phone Man said:
    You have to log into your router and chance the settings for WiFi .

    Jim
    100% correct. The security setting is set by the router/access point - Windows 10 only uses what the router/access point dictates that it has to.

    Cliff S said:
    I can't answer your question, but tell you, you need to delete or x out your ip adresses(see the quote above I used) for security reasons when posting.
    Not if they are 192.168.1.xxx addresses. Those are just local LAN addresses on the LAN side of his/her network. I will tell you the LAN side of my router is 192.168.1.1. I have three hubs/extenders that are 192.168.1.2 - 4. My main desktop computer is permanently assigned 192.168.1.10. My NAS is permanently 192.168.1.15.
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  5. Mystere's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #5

    Cliff S said:
    I can't answer your question, but tell you, you need to delete or x out your ip adresses(see the quote above I used) for security reasons when posting.

    Exert for: How To Protect Your IP Address | Malwarebytes Labs
    Ummm... those are internal 192.168.x.x addresses, they are useless to anyone, so no point in that.
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  6. NavyLCDR's Avatar
    Posts : 15,515
    Windows 10 Pro
       #6

    Mystere said:
    Ummm... those are internal 192.168.x.x addresses, they are useless to anyone, so no point in that.
    Neener, neener ---- beat you to it again! ;-) Great minds think alike though!
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  7. Posts : 134
    windows 10
       #7

    Yups login to your Router.. and change to Security to whatever you want..
    your computer doesn't decide the Encryption ,.. your Router Does...
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