5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 27, 2013 7:04 PM by BobHarris
Ruth-Ellen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How do I enter my network router's WY-FY WEP 104 bit encryption password into my iPhone.

The phone only takes ASCII charactors  not HEX.


iPhone 5
  • 1. Re: How do I put in a WEP 104 bit  HEX WY-FY Password?
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,495 points)

    Will your router support WPA2 security? If yes, switch to that. If not, get a new router that does.

  • 2. Re: How do I put in a WEP 104 bit  HEX WY-FY Password?
    Ruth-Ellen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have 12 other devices that all connect. To chang to WPA2 would require redoing all the others, Are you saying the Iphone just can't handle WEP?

  • 3. Re: How do I put in a WEP 104 bit  HEX WY-FY Password?
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,495 points)

    It can handle WEP with simpler passcodes but as you've discovered it can't do Hex. WEP isn't really worth using as just about any 12 year old with some basic knowledge and access to the web can crack it.

  • 4. Re: How do I put in a WEP 104 bit  HEX WY-FY Password?
    Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (25,935 points)

    I'm not sure what you are saying. All WEP passcodes are hex, and hex characters are a-f and 0-9, which are all in the ascii character set.

  • 5. Re: How do I put in a WEP 104 bit  HEX WY-FY Password?
    BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (13,110 points)

    You should just be able to enter the 0-9a-f hex digits of your WEP password.

     

    HOWEVER, you can ONLY enter WEP Key 1.  WEP Keys 2, 3 and 4 are not support by any Apple products.


    If you create an exactly 13 character ascii WEP Key 1 password on your WiFi base station, then the ascii password can be entered instead of the hex value, as 13 ascii characters is represented by 26 hex digits which is 104 bits.  And all WEP implementation take 13 character ascii password one-for-one to their hex respresentation without any any munging of the values.

     

    And if entering the 0-9a-f values does not work, try preceeding the value with a dollar sign $, as that convention is often used to indicate the passwrod value is actually a hex value, although I have not seen it used on an Apple device for years.  But what the heck.

     

    However, as deggie has said, WEP is insecure.  At most it keeps honest people honest as they will not accidentally connect to your network.  But there is software easily available that will crack a WEP password in less than 60 seconds.