how to: see if a wireless network is password-protected?

mark2288

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Jan 11, 2006
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hey all,
i'm trying to join a wireless network but am unable to - i believe the network is password protected, although my cousin swears against it.

i know on windows xp you can see if a network is secure or not via the "View Available Wireless networks" option. is there any way to do that on a mac?

thanks in advance.
 

GimmeSlack12

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Apr 29, 2005
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If it's password protected then it will ask you for a password. If you are getting the "Error occurred while trying to connect" then something else is just not working.

There's another way to scan wireless networks in Terminal, but its a bit more complicated.
 

mark2288

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Jan 11, 2006
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the networks aren't password protected. the 2 networks i see show up and then disappear again and then show up again.

may i be just in that range that i can see them but cannot join them or could there be other issues??

i was able to join one network sucessfully for 30 minutes yesterday - but am unable to today so i'm ruling out mac addressing as a possible issue.
 

iBookG4user

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Jun 27, 2006
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Seattle, WA
the networks aren't password protected. the 2 networks i see show up and then disappear again and then show up again.

may i be just in that range that i can see them but cannot join them or could there be other issues??

i was able to join one network sucessfully for 30 minutes yesterday - but am unable to today so i'm ruling out mac addressing as a possible issue.
I'd say that you are probably right at the edge of the wifi network where you still getna signal but you can only connect inconsistently.
 

nbusse

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Jul 13, 2007
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boston
airport should show bars, indicating how strong the wifi signal is.
even still, i know i've had cases where it looks strong but then kicks you off anyways.... nothing to be done about that!