6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 31, 2012 12:52 PM by Rambling Joe
Aaryn Bechard Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

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
  • 1. Re: Can see wireless network, can't connect. HELP!
    Rambling Joe Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)

    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.

  • 2. Re: Can see wireless network, can't connect. HELP!
    Aaryn Bechard Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Rambling Joe,

     

    Thanks for the reply. I updated the machine to 10.3.9, installed an AirPort Extreme card, and I have tried WEP, WPA, WPA2, and WPAmix encryption and achieved the same results.....

     

    "There was an error joining the selected AirPort network."

     

    If I remove the passphrase security, VOILA, I can connect to the net, but so can everyone else in my neighbourhood.

     

    Any other thoughts?

     

    Aaryn

  • 3. Re: Can see wireless network, can't connect. HELP!
    Rambling Joe Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)

    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.

  • 4. Re: Can see wireless network, can't connect. HELP!
    Aaryn Bechard Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Rambling Joe,

     

    Ultra Speed is the manufacturer of the router.

     

    I have not contacted my ISP yet because I can get my kid's iMac to connect wirelessly without passphrase security. It's when I add the passphrase that it won't connect. I'm not sure they will be much help. I've contacted the router manufacturer, but we appear to be going in circles with what they have suggested so far.

     

    Aaryn

  • 5. Re: Can see wireless network, can't connect. HELP!
    Aaryn Bechard Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I've tried everything that has been suggested here and what the router manufacturer suggested, and I still have the same issue. Once I turn passphrase security on, my kids' iMac cannot connect.

     

    Is it that the settings on the router are too new?

     

    Is there a possibly an issue using an AirPort Extreme card in this model of iMac?

     

    Any other suggestions?

     

    Aaryn

  • 6. Re: Can see wireless network, can't connect. HELP!
    Rambling Joe Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)

    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.