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Can see wireless network, can't connect. HELP!

1646 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 31, 2012 12:52 PM by Rambling Joe RSS
Aaryn Bechard Calculating status...
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Oct 15, 2012 3:22 PM

I have an iMac 1GHz PowerPC G4 running 10.3.1 that I just installed an AirPort card into. I can see my wirless network, but I cannot connect to it. The password is correct, but I keep getting the error "There was an error joining the selected AirPort Network". Please help!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.3.x), 1GHz PowerPC G4
  • Rambling Joe Calculating status...
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    Oct 15, 2012 4:48 PM (in response to Aaryn Bechard)

    I'm not positive on this, but it might be a encryption compatibility problem between your network and your AirPort Card.  I believe that OS 10.3.x is only capable of the basic encryption WEP, and not the the more modern encryptions WPA and WPA2.  I also think if you upgrade to 10.3.9, that might help get you into WPA encrpytion but it still not up to WPA2 that many modern networks now use.  Then there is 40 bit and 128 bit encryption, and I can't help you there with that.

     

    There are two iMacs with a G4 1Ghz chip, the 15" model M9285LL/A or the 17" model M8935LL/A.  Both of these are AirPort Extreme ready.  Did you use an AirPort card or an AirPort Extreme card?  Perhaps this might be a conflict.

     

    There are WiFi protocols like  IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n (with each letter signifying a different protocol).  I'm pretty sure the original AirPort card on worked on IEEE 802.11a/b.  That might be a problem.

     

    I have an old Tangerine iBook running 10.2.8, that I can't use anymore on WiFi because it couldn't handle the encryption. 

     

    I hope some of these might be helpful.

     

    Good luck.

  • Rambling Joe Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)
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    Oct 19, 2012 1:22 PM (in response to Aaryn Bechard)

    What brand of wireless router fo you have?  Netgear, Linksys, Belkin, 2Wire, etc?  Maybe this is a setting on it.  Did you try contacting your service provider for any help they could provide?

     

    Good luck.

  • Rambling Joe Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 12:52 PM (in response to Aaryn Bechard)

    I'm tapped out.  Will either of these discussions be of any use:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/6204705#6204705

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/4592315#4592315

     

    Good luck.

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