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Most notable among the AG's wireless features is its support for both Buffalo's proprietary AOSS and the took-way-to-long-to-appear Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). WPS (Figure 10) is a compromise specification brokered by the Wi-Fi Alliance in order to finally make secure wireless LAN setup as easy as pushing a button, even if the connecting products come from (gasp!) different vendors!

WPS setup
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Figure 10: WPS setup

Unfortunately, the early version User Guide that came with the AG had no information whatsoever on WPS and the Buffalo Client Manager 3 application sported only an AOSS button.

So I tried using AOSS, but initially couldn't get it to work. After some futzing around, I got it working by disabling WPS in the router (both WPS and AOSS are enabled by default). I also had to initiate the AOSS session by using the soft button in the admin interface (Figure 11), since disabling WPS seemed to disable the hardware button on the router, too.

Figure 11 shows the results of a successful AOSS session, with both radios secured by WPA-PSK (AES). If you have to set up security manually, you have the options of WEP 64/128, WPA-PSK (TKIP and AES), WPA2-PSK and a mixed mode that supports both WPA TKIP and AES clients.

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Figure 11: Successful AOSS setup

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