Configuring WEP in WinXP Clients

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Terry Smerling, Mar 20, 2005.

  1. I can't seem to configure my home network client machines to connect to my
    wireless Belkin router using WEP (64 bit or 128 bit). My system is WinXP
    with Service Pack 2. I went to the router's home page and did two things: I
    generated an SSID, and then set secuirty mode for 64 bit (or 128 bit) WEP by
    creating a passphrase which generates hex pairs. Next in my clients I
    created a wireless connection corresponding to the one I created on the
    router's webpage, i.e. Network Authentication: OPEN;
    Data Encryption WEP; and Network Key: [I inputted the passphrase]. I also
    unchecked "The key is provided for me automatically." I then rebooted, but
    still no connection. My network adapter icon in the client's system tray
    says "Limited or no connectivity." So what am I doing wrong? Any ideas or
    suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Terry Smerling, Mar 20, 2005
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  2. Terry Smerling

    JoeT Guest

    "Terry Smerling" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I can't seem to configure my home network client machines to connect to my
    > wireless Belkin router using WEP (64 bit or 128 bit). My system is WinXP
    > with Service Pack 2. I went to the router's home page and did two things:
    > I
    > generated an SSID, and then set secuirty mode for 64 bit (or 128 bit) WEP
    > by
    > creating a passphrase which generates hex pairs. Next in my clients I
    > created a wireless connection corresponding to the one I created on the
    > router's webpage, i.e. Network Authentication: OPEN;
    > Data Encryption WEP; and Network Key: [I inputted the passphrase]. I also
    > unchecked "The key is provided for me automatically." I then rebooted,
    > but
    > still no connection. My network adapter icon in the client's system tray
    > says "Limited or no connectivity." So what am I doing wrong? Any ideas
    > or
    > suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    >
    >


    If your router lists the WEP keys it generated as #1 #2 #3 ( I think all of
    them do ) Make note of the position of the one you are inputting into the
    wireless NIC's configuration then go into that wireless connections
    properties, select the wireless networks tab and make sure you have the same
    number (1,2,3 or 4 etc) in the key advance field.

    For example, if you're using the 3rd WEP key the router generates make sure
    the key advance field on the wireless NIC is set to 3. Otherwise it's got
    the right key because you entered it but it's looking for it in the wrong
    slot.
    JoeT, Mar 20, 2005
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  3. Thank you for the reply. I'm not sure I understand. My router page
    generates 13 hex pairs. So is the number you referred to 13?

    "JoeT" <noway@today> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > "Terry Smerling" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >>I can't seem to configure my home network client machines to connect to my
    >> wireless Belkin router using WEP (64 bit or 128 bit). My system is WinXP
    >> with Service Pack 2. I went to the router's home page and did two
    >> things: I
    >> generated an SSID, and then set secuirty mode for 64 bit (or 128 bit) WEP
    >> by
    >> creating a passphrase which generates hex pairs. Next in my clients I
    >> created a wireless connection corresponding to the one I created on the
    >> router's webpage, i.e. Network Authentication: OPEN;
    >> Data Encryption WEP; and Network Key: [I inputted the passphrase]. I
    >> also
    >> unchecked "The key is provided for me automatically." I then rebooted,
    >> but
    >> still no connection. My network adapter icon in the client's system tray
    >> says "Limited or no connectivity." So what am I doing wrong? Any ideas
    >> or
    >> suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    >>
    >>

    >
    > If your router lists the WEP keys it generated as #1 #2 #3 ( I think all
    > of them do ) Make note of the position of the one you are inputting into
    > the wireless NIC's configuration then go into that wireless connections
    > properties, select the wireless networks tab and make sure you have the
    > same number (1,2,3 or 4 etc) in the key advance field.
    >
    > For example, if you're using the 3rd WEP key the router generates make
    > sure the key advance field on the wireless NIC is set to 3. Otherwise it's
    > got the right key because you entered it but it's looking for it in the
    > wrong slot.
    >
    >
    >
    Terry Smerling, Mar 21, 2005
    #3
  4. Terry Smerling

    JoeT Guest

    OK when you supplied the passphrase it generated that key made of 13 hex
    pairs or in other words, a 26 character series of numbers and letters ( for
    128 bit WEP). It also likely generated at least 3 other keys made up of 13
    pairs each and they'll be listed on the security or encryption ( or
    something similar) tab of the wireless setup section in the web utility for
    your router. You need to look there and see which of those 26 character keys
    is actually checked as the one in use and then check the properties on the
    wireless NIC you're setting up to use the correct key# per what I said
    before. I'd bet dollars to donuts it didn't generate only one Key ( again
    each key is made of 26 digits ). You have to type all 26 exactly as shown
    ( case sensitive ) and not the passphrase when setting up the NIC's (client
    machines) that will connect to that router.

    Now knowing which model router you're using I can't come up with any more
    detail than this. The thing I'm trying to get you to look into is that it's
    entirely likely the key you need to provide is not the one you initially saw
    when running the setup, but one of the others that were generated along with
    it instead.



    "Terry Smerling" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Thank you for the reply. I'm not sure I understand. My router page
    > generates 13 hex pairs. So is the number you referred to 13?
    >
    > "JoeT" <noway@today> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >>
    >> "Terry Smerling" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >>>I can't seem to configure my home network client machines to connect to
    >>>my
    >>> wireless Belkin router using WEP (64 bit or 128 bit). My system is
    >>> WinXP
    >>> with Service Pack 2. I went to the router's home page and did two
    >>> things: I
    >>> generated an SSID, and then set secuirty mode for 64 bit (or 128 bit)
    >>> WEP by
    >>> creating a passphrase which generates hex pairs. Next in my clients I
    >>> created a wireless connection corresponding to the one I created on the
    >>> router's webpage, i.e. Network Authentication: OPEN;
    >>> Data Encryption WEP; and Network Key: [I inputted the passphrase]. I
    >>> also
    >>> unchecked "The key is provided for me automatically." I then rebooted,
    >>> but
    >>> still no connection. My network adapter icon in the client's system
    >>> tray
    >>> says "Limited or no connectivity." So what am I doing wrong? Any ideas
    >>> or
    >>> suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >> If your router lists the WEP keys it generated as #1 #2 #3 ( I think all
    >> of them do ) Make note of the position of the one you are inputting into
    >> the wireless NIC's configuration then go into that wireless connections
    >> properties, select the wireless networks tab and make sure you have the
    >> same number (1,2,3 or 4 etc) in the key advance field.
    >>
    >> For example, if you're using the 3rd WEP key the router generates make
    >> sure the key advance field on the wireless NIC is set to 3. Otherwise
    >> it's got the right key because you entered it but it's looking for it in
    >> the wrong slot.
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    JoeT, Mar 21, 2005
    #4
  5. Thanks again for your reply. I'm still not getting it. My router generates
    13 hex-pairs, each divided by a "." What do I input as the "key." The 13
    pairs separtated by 12 periods, i.e. a total of 38 characters or just the 13
    pairs without the periods fora total of 26 characters. In either event I
    could not make it work. I can find no place on the Belkin router page where
    other keys are listed or mentioned. Belkin customer support was of no help.
    Sorry to keep bothering you, but what am I not understanding?

    "JoeT" <noway@today> wrote in message
    news:...
    > OK when you supplied the passphrase it generated that key made of 13 hex
    > pairs or in other words, a 26 character series of numbers and letters (
    > for 128 bit WEP). It also likely generated at least 3 other keys made up
    > of 13 pairs each and they'll be listed on the security or encryption ( or
    > something similar) tab of the wireless setup section in the web utility
    > for your router. You need to look there and see which of those 26
    > character keys is actually checked as the one in use and then check the
    > properties on the wireless NIC you're setting up to use the correct key#
    > per what I said before. I'd bet dollars to donuts it didn't generate only
    > one Key ( again each key is made of 26 digits ). You have to type all 26
    > exactly as shown ( case sensitive ) and not the passphrase when setting up
    > the NIC's (client machines) that will connect to that router.
    >
    > Now knowing which model router you're using I can't come up with any more
    > detail than this. The thing I'm trying to get you to look into is that
    > it's entirely likely the key you need to provide is not the one you
    > initially saw when running the setup, but one of the others that were
    > generated along with it instead.
    >
    >
    >
    > "Terry Smerling" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Thank you for the reply. I'm not sure I understand. My router page
    >> generates 13 hex pairs. So is the number you referred to 13?
    >>
    >> "JoeT" <noway@today> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >>>
    >>> "Terry Smerling" <> wrote in message
    >>> news:...
    >>>>I can't seem to configure my home network client machines to connect to
    >>>>my
    >>>> wireless Belkin router using WEP (64 bit or 128 bit). My system is
    >>>> WinXP
    >>>> with Service Pack 2. I went to the router's home page and did two
    >>>> things: I
    >>>> generated an SSID, and then set secuirty mode for 64 bit (or 128 bit)
    >>>> WEP by
    >>>> creating a passphrase which generates hex pairs. Next in my clients I
    >>>> created a wireless connection corresponding to the one I created on the
    >>>> router's webpage, i.e. Network Authentication: OPEN;
    >>>> Data Encryption WEP; and Network Key: [I inputted the passphrase]. I
    >>>> also
    >>>> unchecked "The key is provided for me automatically." I then rebooted,
    >>>> but
    >>>> still no connection. My network adapter icon in the client's system
    >>>> tray
    >>>> says "Limited or no connectivity." So what am I doing wrong? Any
    >>>> ideas or
    >>>> suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>> If your router lists the WEP keys it generated as #1 #2 #3 ( I think all
    >>> of them do ) Make note of the position of the one you are inputting into
    >>> the wireless NIC's configuration then go into that wireless connections
    >>> properties, select the wireless networks tab and make sure you have the
    >>> same number (1,2,3 or 4 etc) in the key advance field.
    >>>
    >>> For example, if you're using the 3rd WEP key the router generates make
    >>> sure the key advance field on the wireless NIC is set to 3. Otherwise
    >>> it's got the right key because you entered it but it's looking for it in
    >>> the wrong slot.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    Terry Smerling, Mar 21, 2005
    #5
  6. Terry Smerling

    Malke Guest

    Terry Smerling wrote:

    > Thanks again for your reply. I'm still not getting it. My router
    > generates
    > 13 hex-pairs, each divided by a "." What do I input as the "key."
    > The 13 pairs separtated by 12 periods, i.e. a total of 38 characters
    > or just the 13
    > pairs without the periods fora total of 26 characters. In either
    > event I
    > could not make it work. I can find no place on the Belkin router page
    > where
    > other keys are listed or mentioned. Belkin customer support was of no
    > help. Sorry to keep bothering you, but what am I not understanding?


    You input the 26 characters without periods.

    Malke
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    Malke, Mar 21, 2005
    #6
  7. Thank you. I finally got it to work.


    "Malke" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Terry Smerling wrote:
    >
    >> Thanks again for your reply. I'm still not getting it. My router
    >> generates
    >> 13 hex-pairs, each divided by a "." What do I input as the "key."
    >> The 13 pairs separtated by 12 periods, i.e. a total of 38 characters
    >> or just the 13
    >> pairs without the periods fora total of 26 characters. In either
    >> event I
    >> could not make it work. I can find no place on the Belkin router page
    >> where
    >> other keys are listed or mentioned. Belkin customer support was of no
    >> help. Sorry to keep bothering you, but what am I not understanding?

    >
    > You input the 26 characters without periods.
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > MS MVP - Windows Shell/User
    > www.elephantboycomputers.com
    > In Memoriam - MVP Alex Nichol
    > The world is diminished without him.
    Terry Smerling, Mar 23, 2005
    #7
  8. Terry Smerling

    Malke Guest

    Terry Smerling wrote:

    > Thank you. I finally got it to work.
    >
    >

    Great! Thanks for letting me know.

    Malke
    --
    MS MVP - Windows Shell/User
    www.elephantboycomputers.com
    In Memoriam - MVP Alex Nichol
    The world is diminished without him.
    Malke, Mar 23, 2005
    #8
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