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What about the WEP key option?
Authored by: rufo on Sep 04, '03 09:30:03AM

I'm sorry, maybe I'm not understanding the question... but when you select the WiFi network from the Airport menu, can't you just select one of the WEP key options from the drop-down menu and punch in the key? That's what I've been doing for years, and it's worked fine for me so far...



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What about the WEP key option?
Authored by: easco on Sep 04, '03 10:13:44AM

The network connection point at the other end of the WiFi connection is not an Airport pod. Even though the user is using A mac, the router he is connecting to comes from someone other than Apple.

For much of the rest of the universe, folks are not able to use simple passwords to connect to wireless routers. Rather they have to use cryptic strings of many Hexidecimal digits.

To get a Mac to send the proper password to such routers you have to prefix the string of hexidecimal digits with a dollar sign ($) or, evidently, the string 0x.

FWIW, both of these mechanisms are techniques used in programming languages to specify numbers in hexidecimal. In Pascal (and Pascal-like languages) one prepends a dollar sign to the hexidecimal number like $FEEDFACE in C and similar languages one uses 0x like 0xDEADBEEF



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What about the WEP key option?
Authored by: breen on Sep 04, '03 11:17:53AM

Right.

Earlier versions of AirPort required that you use the '$' convention which has been Apple's long-time standard (see Inside AppleTalk or a similar volume for many examples).

I'm glad that they've added what is becoming a more familiar standard by allowing '0x' without removing the '$' option.

Breen



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What about the WEP key option?
Authored by: EddEdmondson on Sep 04, '03 12:15:07PM

Nope I don't get it either. When I connect to my PC's wireless card (my Linux desktop acts as my base station) I enter my hex key by selecting 128bit hex from the drop down menu like the original post describes and put it in there. No need to use a 0x or $.



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What about the WEP key option?
Authored by: mjones1040 on Sep 04, '03 10:02:34PM

I did not have to enter the $ or 0x either, however I did notice that it had been added by the software. If I look at the key as it appears in my keychain there is a 0x in front of what I entered. I'm using a D-Link DI-614+ Wireless Router. Works great! :-)



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What about the WEP key option?
Authored by: raider on Sep 05, '03 03:22:54PM
For much of the rest of the universe, folks are not able to use simple passwords to connect to wireless routers. Rather they have to use cryptic strings of many Hexidecimal digits.

Don't even try and sound informed, just keep spreading anti-PC FUD...

I am a Mac user and proud of it, but this is simply not true. I have used SEVERAL WAPs with PCs running Windows and Linux. Most allow the use of a normal password or passphrase. The issue is usually the extremely cheap ones will have poor software interfaces. But even that is changing with the popularity of wireless connectivity. The Mac is *not* perfect, and in fact I would say that Apple sort of "broke" things by chosing an odd way to encode their passwords for 802.11x purposes.

All mac vs. PC stuff aside, another very helpful utility for some network configurations involving Macs and PCs and WAPs designed for PC networks is WEP Key Maker.

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Yes, but...
Authored by: ThreeDayMonk on Sep 04, '03 05:55:36PM

You can.

BUT...if you use different network locations and want to store the password of the appropriate network in the Airport tab of Network preferences, then there is no selection box; just a password field.

This hint (which I discovered elsewhere last week) solves that problem.



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Yes, but...
Authored by: EddEdmondson on Sep 05, '03 05:24:19AM

So there is! I never bothered looking at the Airport tab since everything worked just fine for me...

But now I've seen it I've managed to fix that annoyance of having to reconnect to the network on waking from sleep. Thanks!



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