Sunday, 21 March 2010

Mac and WEP

After a few minutes of frustration, I found out the hard way that Mac devices don't like WEP passwords...

Symptom:
  • Mac and iPhones will refuse to connect to a Wifi network with WEP encryption enabled, says 'invalid password'
Remedies:
  • Use a different security scheme (ie WPA2)
  • Enter the WEP generated key into the password (something long and impossible to remember, usually a random alphanumeric string)
  • Scream a lot
And don't hassle me for using WEP, we didn't find out that Netgear devices using Wireless Repeating functions only support WEP until after we purchased the first router and tried messing about.... something else to gripe about!.

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