JEWELLB wrote:do I select auth type WPA, WPA 2 OR OPEN OR SHARED KEY? what does these mean? what do I select for encryption type? TKIP OR AES?
That depends on the network. Check the router settings and see what it's set for.
Really, it could be any combination. That said, the phone has done a good job of picking the settings for me.
But, in a few cases you might need to adjust something.
WEP (the phone calls it shared key), WPS, and WPA2 are different encryption methods used for wi-fi (IEEE 802.11)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wired_Equivalent_Privacyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi_Protected_Access
AES and TKIP relate to how the data is encrypted too. AES being beter than TKIP (which was a interim solution to stay compatible existing WEP hardware)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporal_Key_Integrity_Protocolhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Encryption_Standard
Probably more than you wanted to know.
Open is not secure at all. Generally used for public access (hotels, resturants, books stores, etc).
WEP is extremely insecure. You should not use it unless you must (old devices that only work with WEP, like the Nintendo DS)
WPA was an interim solution that went with TKIP for hardware compatibility. Better than WEP, but considered deprecated.
WPA2 with AES is the most secure option available and what I would recommend.
Also, turn off WPS in the router as it's very insecure.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi_Protected_Setup
JEWELLB wrote:When I try to connect to my network is just disconnects. gives message authentication failed.
Still no feedback from TRACFONE on this.
That implies something is misconfiguration.
I would reset everything as follows:
1) on the phone wi-fi page, highlight the SSID, then Options->delete.
2) while the phone is on, pull the battery out, wait a minute or two, then replace it and turn it back on.
3) unplug the router, wait a a minute or two, then plug it back in.
4) on the phone turn on wi-fi, lets it find the SSID, then connect, give it the key (password), save, and it should connect.
2 and 3 for both devices to reboot and not save any current state info which might be corrupt.
I had to do 1 & 2 yesterday on my mother's router before it would connect again.
I've only had to do that for a few networks and not all the time. Always it's for a network that was working then won't connect.