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 (14)

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 (13)

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.
Thanks to the cloud, the “as a service” trend is getting a little out of control
Baidu and Tencent are teaming up with a Chinese shopping mall operator in a joint venture that could steal business away from local e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.
For two years, Google has quietly been developing autonomous flying vehicles that can be used to deliver packages for disaster relief or for commerce purposes, the company revealed Thursday.
It seems like poaching drivers is par for the course in the ride-sharing industry.
IBM continues to make the case for the nascent field of cognitive computing, showing off some Watson prototypes Thursday that could help speed scientific discovery in the medical field, by scanning large volumes of literature and data far more quickly then humans can, and suggesting possible leads.
NASA migrated 65 software applications, including its flagship NASA.gov website to the cloud in 22 weeks, and the space agency is still in the midst of a massive deployment to the cloud.
Is it crazy to pay $1300 for a Chromebook? Some reflections after a year and a half of living with Google's luxurious Pixel.
After several years of Internet infrastructure investment, with increased local content generation and Internet users, Africa seems to be getting the attention of major global network operators and content distribution networks.
Links are, in many ways, the lifeblood of the Internet. They are a good thing but not when they bait you into thinking you're getting something you're not. Links, and more specifically clicking on them, may make the Internet go round, but when that stream becomes a never-ending cycle of buffoonery, scheming and outright lies on sites like Facebook it can be pretty unbearable.
Enterprises that want to share and store files online have yet another option now that Amazon Web Services has opened its Zocalo service to general availability.