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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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