Wired Equivalent Privacy is the walking dead: Dead encryption walking! We all know that WEP has been beaten, broken, left bloody. So why did Kodak release the EasyShare-One with WEP (and a promised Wi-Fi Protected Access or WPA upgrade with six months), Roku plans to ship the SoundBridge Radio with WEP (WPA within a few months), and Nintendo DS with WEP.
What's the deal? According to Roku's founder, the chips that meet their specification are lagging in firmware. Kodak is using an SDIO (Secure Digital I/O) card that must be in the same boat.
Can we blame the manufacturers? Not precisely. They're beholden to the chipmakers which have focused mostly on PCs and handsets. The manufacturers of these newer consumer products that use Wi-Fi are often not members of the Wi-Fi Alliance; the chipmakers are. What's the solution? Sales. The more Wi-Fi appliances that ship, the more pressure that will build.