Has anyone tried using a non Apple 802.11 card in the internal Airport slot under OSX? Something like the Lucent Wavelan Gold card... I ask only because my school's campus wireless LAN uses 128bit encryption, not the 40 Apple supports.
Why doesn't Apple use higher encryption in the first place? Granted it is a single that is constantly moving and would be hard to decrypt, but 40 bit is not high enough. I think Apple needs to offer airport cards that can use 64 and 128 bit encryption to save everyone some trouble.
Actually 64 bit WEP encryption is the same thing as 40bit WEP. WEP encryption uses a 24bit header, so 128 bit is really 102 bit encryption.
But you are right they should be using 128bit encryption. I think most other 802.11b cards support 128bit encryption. Do airport cards not support it or is it the airport base stations that don't support 128bit?
Botht he Airport carda nd the Airport Base Station use Lucent Wavelan Silver Cards (40bit). The internal slot is just a PCMCIA slot, which is why under 9.x you could pop in a Gold (128bit) card and be good to go. Basically it's a question of whether the Airport drivers in X still support the Lucent cards like they did in 9.x.
Lucent had drivers that worked with gold cards for OS 9, but has stopped further development. The driver in OS X does not work with a gold card (I've tried). There are some efforts to write a driver, but one suspects that Apple will get around to a gold version one of these days as the prices are similar and many corporate wireless LANs require gold cards (I know .. that isn't good enough, but that is the way things are).