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macbook internet - wep key or wpa password

7420 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Nov 4, 2009 4:49 AM by sneather2 RSS
vhiggins Calculating status...
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Jul 10, 2009 5:26 AM
my wireless router has a wep key which is the only code (as far as i know) for connecting to my network. however my macbook recognises the network but asks for a wpa password which i dont have and when i try to enter the wep key it wont connect. is there anyway to alter the settings so that my mac will accept my wep key?
macbook, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)
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    Jul 10, 2009 5:49 AM (in response to vhiggins)
    By default, OS X detects the type of security being used by the network. If it says that it is WPA, either you are connecting to a different network or your network is actually using a WPA key. In general WEP is just a tiny step up from no security at all. The industry standard for strong wireless security has been WPA and more recently, WPA2. All of these settings can generally be accessed via a web interface to your router. Your user manual should have simple instructions. If it came with PC only software... you shouldn't need to use it. If you don't have your manual or you're not sure what to do... if you could let us know the make and model of your router, we might be able to help.
    Core Duo BlackBook - SR MBP - 13.3" MB Pro - 8GB Gen 2 and 3 Nanos, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)
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    Jul 10, 2009 6:13 AM (in response to vhiggins)
    Great... a 26 character alpha-numeric WPA key should be very secure.
    Core Duo BlackBook - SR MBP - 13.3" MB Pro - 8GB Gen 2 and 3 Nanos, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)
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    Jul 10, 2009 7:06 AM (in response to vhiggins)
    OK... so you have entered the key on your PC and it is working correct? On your Mac... when you click on the wireless icon on the top right in your menu bar, do you see your network in the list? Does it show that is connected? Just showing up in the list means that it is available, but not necessarily connected. If it is not connected, you should be able to select your network from the drop-down list and it should ask for the key. Have you gone through those steps and your key just isn't working? That's a pretty long key so just be sure it is typed correctly. Also, keys are case sensitive so you need to be sure to use capital and lower case letters the same as they appear in the key. Also, be sure that "0" (zero) and "O" (oh) are not mixed up.
    Core Duo BlackBook - SR MBP - 13.3" MB Pro - 8GB Gen 2 and 3 Nanos, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • ecu9697 Calculating status...
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    Jul 10, 2009 8:09 AM (in response to vhiggins)
    I am having the same problem. Even the iPhone that syncs with my Macbook is having connectivity problems while my husband's and his HP are connecting just fine.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.7), iPhone 3Gs OS 3.0
  • deemkaa Calculating status...
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    Jul 19, 2009 8:58 PM (in response to vhiggins)
    have you solved this issue ?
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Paea Calculating status...
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    Sep 22, 2009 6:25 PM (in response to vhiggins)
    Try to Option+click on the wireless icon thingy in the system tray. Choose the other type of encryption (Hex probably). Windows and Mac default to different types of encryption, basically. So you have to "line them up" manually.
    windows mac, wireless WEP HEX mismatch
  • sneather2 Calculating status...
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    Nov 4, 2009 4:49 AM (in response to vhiggins)
    Just in case you have not figured this out... put a $ sign in front of the encryption code on your mac.
    Mac book pro

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