Aiport Extreme not broadcasting in WEP?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 19, 2006
Hi there,

I typically keep my Airport Extreme broadcasting at WPA2 but my new roommate has an old PC laptop with a USB wireless adapter and is trying to log onto the network. He was unable to log onto the WPA2 network so I tried to change it to WEP just to see if that would work but it did not. In fact, I don't think the base station is actually broadcasting in WEP at all (I have a widget call Air Traffic Control that scans networks and lists their security type and my network still comes up as WPA no matter what). As well, the base station is acting a little wonky - won't show up in the scan after reset etc. I did a hard reset to restore it to factor settings and still shows up as WPA in Air Traffic Control after I recreate the network as WEP from the beginning. Anyone have any ideas? Anyone know of any other way for me to tell for sure what it is broadcasting as?



macrumors 6502
Mar 10, 2007
May be unrelated, but WEP is disallowed in all varieties of 802.11n due to its known insecurity, and so the AEBS shouldn't let you set it up if you're broadcast in N. I see it gives the option in 'legacy' mode, but maybe it's disallowed at the hardware level?


macrumors 6502a
Jun 26, 2006
In the Great White North.
It Should do this.

But to force the Extreme to do 40 or 128 bit WEP do this:

1. Open the Airport Utility.
2. Double Click your Extreme from the Left hand Column.
3. Select the Wireless Tab.
4. Hold the Option Key and change the radio mode to "802.11b/g compatible."
5. Change the Wireless Security to 40 or 128 bit WEP


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