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What does Password needs to be 40bits or 104bits mean?


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08-Dec-2012, 05:41 PM #1
What does Password needs to be 40bits or 104bits mean?
I've been looking all over and trying different ways to get this computer to connect.

I have a wireless setup with a linksys router hooked up. I mainly connect with my laptop but now I'm trying to test out a Dell Inspirion 3000 Windows XP.

The Dell picks up the signal of my connection that is secure when I have the proxim router connected. When I go to put in my password I get this message : "The network password needs to be 40bits or 104bits depending on your network configuration. This can be entered as 5 or 13 ascii characters or 10 or 26 hexadecimal characters."

Otherwise if I direction plug in the Ethernet cord it 'connects' but I can't do anything.

I'm pretty sure the network key it's asking for is the password I made up for the connection right? Otherwise I have no idea what it would be.
I'm set up as a WPA Personal in security mode when I got into my linksys account.

Any ideas?

Last edited by purplebaa; 08-Dec-2012 at 05:53 PM.. Reason: Including more information.
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08-Dec-2012, 07:25 PM #2
Either you don't have the latest driver for the wireless adapter or else it does not support WPA. If it's an integrated adapter get the latest driver from Dell's web site.

EDIT: Do you have service pack 3?
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09-Dec-2012, 12:46 AM #3
I don't know what is going on with your setup, but your description of the passphrase as being 40 or 104 bits means you're setting up WEP and not WPA. The 40 and 104 bit reference is what everyone recognizes as 64 or 128 bit WEP. The 24 bits that are omitted refers to the IV (initialization vector) which is at the heart of why WEP is not an appropriate means of encrypting wireless and also why it's so easy to defeat. You need to double check how you're going about configuring WPA on your laptop. If you can't find the option to set up WPA, then what Terry states about lack of wireless adapter support or driver issue is what is causing the problems.
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