What’s the difference between WPA2 Personal and Enterprise?

dvarian

I picked up a new Linksys router for my home network that offers the choice of WPA2 Personal or WPA2 Enterprise. I assume Enterprise is more secure, but what’s the difference? Is Enterprise "strong like bull," while Personal is more like, “Please, don’t do get on my network or I will cry?”

Topic: Networking
Answer this Question

Answers

2 total
jhotz
Vote Up (15)

The big difference is that WPA2 Personal lets anyone with a password log onto your network (“pre-shaped key”), whereas Enterprise requires a username and password. I would stick with personal for a home network. 

jimlynch
Vote Up (14)

This thread might help.

What is the difference between WPA2 Personal and WPA2 Enterprise
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4786947?start=0&tstart=0

"WPA2 Personal is the main WiFi security method and this is what most home and small business users use. It uses a single password. Most WiFi networks use this method.
WPA2 Enterprise is also called 802.1x and is the enterprise method. This method shouldn't be used by home users as it requires a RADIUS authentication server and needs a username and password. It supports multiple accounts for each user."

Ask a question

Join Now or Sign In to ask a question.
A conservative group that sent 2.4 million letters to the U.S. Congress opposed to net neutrality regulations didn't actually collect signatures from 2.4 million people, although the group's news release says the letters added millions of new voices to the debate.
Workers who may be tempted to sell confidential corporate data should think twice about what they write in an email -- an AI-based monitoring system could be watching.
Mobile payments; home automation; health tracking; Bluetooth LE beacons; ubiquitous media streaming, and inevitably, one last surprise: In true Apple style, the product presentation was packed.
Google has fired back at Microsoft with cheaper cloud services, signaling another round of price cutting in an increasingly competitive market.
Twitter is investing US$10 million in a lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to build platforms for online collaboration by people on civic and political issues.
AppliedMicro has announced a new family of 64-bit ARM chips that could disrupt the stodgy but sizeable market for components used in network routers, printers and other "embedded" equipment.
Apple TV got a software update last week that didn't exactly blow our hair back. Here are five suggestions for Apple to make the next Apple TV update a real upgrade.
The Thread Group has invited more companies to join its effort at harmonizing the "Internet of things" in consumers' homes, but it still faces a tangled industry with competing and overlapping technologies.
Verizon Wireless won't go ahead with a widely criticized plan to slow down the connections of heavy data users with unlimited LTE plans.
Facebook has apologized to drag queens and the larger LGBT community in the wake of controversy over the site's names policy, clarifying that users don't have to use their legal name.

White Papers & Webcasts

See more White Papers | Webcasts

Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+