WiFi trouble with Verizon / Westell 7500

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by AAsa, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. AAsa macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2008

    We just installed Verizon DSL and the Westell 7500 modem/router.
    It all works as it should as long as we're hard wired to the via ethernet.

    When trying to get the airport card to connect we ran into trouble.
    The problem seems to be the password security.
    We tried all the available options, Hex, ASCII...
    When we disabled the password security, we were able to connect.
    We would like to be able to enable a password.

    some details:
    Mac Book Pro, 10.4.11.
    Verizon DSL
    All the settings were set via browser connected directly to the modem.

    We have the Airport Extreme system at home, so I'm a bit familiar with setting up the network.

    Do I have to set something up in the Mac network dialogs?

    Any ideas ?

  2. iOrlando macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2008
    call apple or go to their discussion page at apple.com...SO Many people have wireless problems because each situation is just a little bit different, but for the most part the solutions are the same.
  3. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    You may have to prepend a $ or a & to the password. You are actually better off enabling MAC filtering, as it doesn't require a password, but can't be hacked either, unless someone knows the MAC address of your computers.

  4. AAsa thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2008


    Thanks for the help.
    I tried using "$" to prepend the password and it worked!

    I'll try the Mac filtering too.

  5. mt3322 macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2009
    adding $ worked for me too. it seems to solve the problem. Now if only the verizon site wasn't down.
  6. tdhelder macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2010
    Sorry to disagree but..........
    Just enabling Mac Filtering is actually worse then doing nothing since it gives you a false sense of security. MAC address spoofing has been around for along time and since the MAC address is transmitted in clear text in all frames, well that's what packet sniffers are for. Also not having your signal encrypted just sends everything you do over the airwaves. Think about that the next time you send a gushy love email to your significant girl / guy / porcupine.

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