3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 4, 2011 9:43 AM by Dah•veed
ImperialStout Level 1 (0 points)
I just got a new mac running 10.6.7 with a built in airport card. I set up a wireless network and it works fine with my phone.

I am trying to set it up with my xbox slim, but a WEP address is required. Where (or how) do I find the WEP for my iMac with a built in airport card?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,410 points)
    Welcome to the Apple Discussions!

    Are you saying that you have an ethernet connection for your iMac and wish to share this with your XBox? If so then you have set this up incorrectly. Go to Sys Prefs/Network and remove the network that you have created there. Just leave the AirPort card turned on. Also check the box to show AirPort status in the menubar.

    Then follow these directions for sharing an ethernet connection over AirPort;

    1. In Sys Prefs/Sharing highlight Internet Sharing (do not check the box)
    2. Share your connection from: Ethernet (from the dropdown menu)
    3. To computers using: AirPort (check the little box)
    4. Press the button AirPort Options...
    5. Name your Network
    6. Select one or use Automatic for the channel
    7. Encrypt the network using a 40-bit or 128-bit WEP key
    8. For a non-Apple device you must use only a 5 alphanumeric character, 40-bit WEP password or only a 13 alphanumeric character 128-bit WEP password
    9. Press OK
    10. Check the box for Internet Sharing
    11. Answer any dialog boxes that pop up

    If you have set this up correctly, the AirPort status in the menubar should have a gray field with an arrow pointing up.


  • ImperialStout Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for responding. Spent all day combing the internet looking for a solution to this problem. I have done everything you said. My Xbox sees the connection but it will not connect.

    I have never had a built-in Airport Card. I've always had a separate Airport Express and never had any problems connecting. I got a new imac thinking that I could ditch my old Airport Express because it only has b/g. The new imac I have has 'n'. Doesn't the Airport Extreme Card that is built into the iMac work the same way?

    I can't seem to find a place to change setting for the Airport Card either. Where and how can I configure the Mac Addresses, Signal Strength, etc.? I could find this under Airport Utilities on my old mac but when I go to Airport Utilities on my new one it scans and nothing shows up?

    I know I have a good signal going out because I can connect with my iphone and my xbox slim sees the connection. It's just when I put in 5 digit WEP key it will not connect. I know my xbox is fine because I plug in the old Airport and it connects fine.

    Like I said, I don't want to have to use my old Airport Express. I would rather just use the wifi built into my new imac. Is that possible or would that just be to easy?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,410 points)
    Other folks have been successful with this with an XBox. But it is my understanding that Windows products are very picky about the WEP password. I do not have anything like an XBox with which to experiment, so I am not much help there. I know from what the Sharing/Advanced dropdown sheet explains, that the password must be either the 5 or the 13 alphanumerics, but I am not aware of Windows devices require a particular mix of numbers vs letters and uppercase vs lowercase letters. You might do a web search on that idea specifically.