Macbook won't connect to home wifi (WEP protected)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by will0407, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. will0407 macrumors 6502a

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    I took my macbook back from uni today as I'm home for easter. I tried to connect to our home network and it asked me for a WEP password. I entered the one my Dad used to set up the connection on his PC. I keep getting a connection timeout and hence it won't connect.

    I installed windows via boot camp and also tried to connect it that way. I put the password in the same way as my Dad had done on his PC and it said the signal strength was excellent, but the status said little or no connectivity.

    There is no mac filtering on, it's just WEP password protected.

    Can anyone help??
     
  2. Reflow macrumors 68000

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    You needed to manually enter the encrypt code preceded by a $ in front of the password.
     
  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    This also has another suggestion to put the password in quotes.
     
  4. iWoz macrumors 6502a

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    I would double check the WEP key as although it is saying signal strength excellent it doesn't mean that you have entered the correct Key in.
     
  5. will0407 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It won't allow me to put a $ at the start, I hold shift and press 4 but it won't come up.

    I've tried putting " at the start and end but it doesn't work.
     
  6. tayaub macrumors newbie

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  7. covisio macrumors 6502

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    I had trouble with WEP too. I reconfigured using WPA (which I *think* is stronger?). Worked fine after this.
     
  8. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Start from the beginning, turn WEP off. Will it connect?
     
  9. will0407 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'll try, although I'm not sure if my dad wants to switch it off as he had trouble connecting his PC's, so I don't want them to lose access and then have the hassle of trying to connect them again.
     
  10. neilhart macrumors 6502

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    First you need to know about the network that you are trying to join. Are the IP addresses dynamic or manually assigned?

    Another thing is try is connecting to the "wired" portion of the network. Do you connect?

    Neil
     
  11. will0407 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty sure they are dynamically assigned.

    What do you mean by the wired portion? The ethernet ports are broken I think on the router so only way to access is via wireless.
     
  12. Consultant macrumors G5

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    WEP is fairly useless. Use WPA2 if possible or WPA.
     

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