WA850RE Security

WA850RE Security
WA850RE Security
Wednesday
Model:Adapter
Hardware Version: V6
Firmware Version: TL-WA850RE(UK)_V6_200403

As many others, I have recently realized that the WA850RE extender is utilizing insecure WPA/WPA2 security protocol.

I have read your FAQ document explaining how to force some routers to use WPA2 security, however in that document there is no mention of the WA850RE range extender, and I cannot find such a setting on the set-up interface for the device.

Can you please let me know if anything can be done to ensure that the device can only be accessed using WPA2 security, to the extent that  any network monitor would report teh security of it as WPA2 ONLY.

Clearly if this cannot be achieved it would mean that the device is not fit for purpose.

Many thanks 

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Re:WA850RE Security
Thursday

I have done more research into this and discovered that the extender will accept connections with either AES (CCMP) or TKIP.

TKIP is an obsolete and insecure protocol and should be deactivated.

 

Is there a way to deactivate it on these extenders or should it just go in the bin?

Considering these are still sold by TP-Link, it really should be a case of issuing a Firmware update to take care of the problem.

 

Is anybody from TP-Link listening or should I try through social media?

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Re:WA850RE Security
Friday

@Wando 

Hello, 

 

Thank you for your kind feedback 

We have a newer firmware for TL-WA850RE V6 (UK) that has fixed the weak security issue, it will be updated to the website within few days, normally 1-3 days,  please kindly keep an eye on official website update, thank you.

 

https://www.tp-link.com/uk/support/download/tl-wa850re/v6/#Firmware

 

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