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dollar sign works, may be obsolete
Authored by: mclbruce on Sep 04, '03 12:34:10PM

In the last year or so I have used the dollar sign $ in front of the hex key with success. This has worked for several clients with Linksys base stations. Apple mentions this in an article on their web site.

Evidently the latest Airport client software makes this unnecessary.

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dollar sign works, may be obsolete
Authored by: John Pritt on Sep 04, '03 01:45:45PM

I had been having a similar problem:
I have a white 500mhz dual uhb iBook equipped with an (old, ie, non-Extreme) Airport card, OSX 10.2.6 and Airport 3.1 that I am trying to connect to a Belkin 54g cable-dsl wireless router (model F5D7230-4).
Set up of the router is:
Wireless Mode - 54g Auto
Broadcast SSID - no
Protected mode - off
WEP mode - disabled
Access point - no
Bridge - no
MAC address filtering - enabled
This worked fine. However, I felt that for security, it might be better (notwithstanding everything everyone has said) if I enabled WEP. This is where my problems began. I thought that I'd tried every combination (Belkin 64/128 manual and automatic, 5, 13 and other length passwords / Apple airport or internet connect with, without $, "", password, hex, ascii) but all to no avail: the iBook cannot connect to the network (Incorrect password).

When I posted this on the Apple Airport discussion board, I got this reply:
Get the hexadecimal equivalent of the WEP password from the Belkin router's browser based configuration program. This will be exactly 10 characters (40/64-bit WEP) or 26 characters (128-bit WEP). Enter this 26 character string in the password field and used the Password: selector to the left to select 128-bit Hex and you should be on your way. For dialogs where the Password: selector is not available, preface the 26 character string with a '$'.

And it worked. For the record, I generated a 128 bit key in the Belkin web administrator pages (using a 13 character password just to be on the safe side); I copied the hex equivalent (twice -- the first time I wrote it down wrong!! oops), and then typed this into the password box (with the "password" flag) in the airport connection dialogue box.

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