Re: God I hate macs
- From: Tim <timjweaver@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 11 May 2007 01:31:39 -0700
On May 7, 1:12 am, George Graves <gmgrav...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Sun, 6 May 2007 02:14:29 -0700, Tim wrotethe mac won't accept the 26 character Hex Password that is created by
(in article <1178442869.742540.298...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>):
No wireless internet on my Linksys WRT54GS using WEP. It works fine
and plays nice with XP on my Dell. My Macbook Running OS X (panther).
I've spent hours trying to set up the WEP password and trying other
options which I've read on the net and newsgroups. I've set up my
wireless to filter MAC addresses, adding my Macbook to it's access
list. There is nothing left to do now. The Airport connects to my
router, but won't travel to the internet.
The only way I can connect to the internet is without wireless
security, duh Apple. It turns out from what I've read is that the
Macbook Airport works on only 75% of wireless networks. Mine's not one
of them. Another reason Microsoft has 90% market share.
This is an area where Apple needs to do a lot of work. They are definitely
Here's what you have to do. On the Router end, most likely, it will ask for a
pass phrase or word. Lets use "tron" as an example. On most Windows machines,
you put "tron" in the WEP field as the password on the computer and you're up
and running. On the Mac, for some unfathomable reason, you can't just type
"tron" into the wireless Mac as the password. It won't work. My old Linksys
router and my new D-Link router both allow you to enable 128 -bit WEP. Then
you type in "tron" and tell the router to convert that to its HEX equivalent.
This yields a 26 character-long string that looks something like:
ABC72CF11902D2667E6C20ED10 (this one's made-up though)
Write it down and put THAT into the Airport-enabled Mac Laptop as the
password, and it will work.
I have never seen a wireless Network over which the Mac will not work, But
you must get the security right on it first.
BTW, WEP is old hat and easily broken, you should be using WPA2 (personal).
It has similar issues on Macs and I haven't been able to get it to work on my
new 802.11N router either, but I must admit, the day I tried, I gave up after
about a half an hour and haven't revisited it. I'll get back to it one of
these days and crack it, just as I did WEP on the Linksys.
Point is, that one shouldn't have to go through the trouble and to be fair,
if one bought all airport equipment, the wireless network just falls
together. You've never seen anything so easy. Its when you go with a generic
wireless router that the fun begins.
the Linksys router. Although I am being prompted for the passwod ( a
good sign I guess, who knows with a Mac) the error presented is "the
password you entered is not correct for the Airport network Linksys.
Previously I tried the 64 Bit WEP encrption. I was able to connect to
the router, but not traverse to the internet. OK, so it's been about 4
hours of trial and error, still not on the net, and like I said, I
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