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128bit WEP Key generation in xp

Discussion in 'Networking' started by atconc, Sep 9, 2003.

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  1. atconc

    atconc Thread Starter

    Jun 21, 2003
    I'm having trouble getting WEP to work with XP, I've just upgraded one machine from 2k to xp (clean format + install, calling it an upgrade as it's a newer os).

    In pre XP versions of windows to get WEP to work I just had to enable 128bit WE, enter the passphrase in the settings for the wifi card and it automatically generated a key, this worked with no problems at all (have a 98SE machine using this method still)

    In XP I get the error shown below


    (can't seem to get the image to work, here's a link)

    it says, "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 Hexidecimal characters.
    This happens when i enter my password, which is 8 chars long.

    I understand that this is asking me to type in the actual key instead of the passphrase, but that's a real pain copying a 26 hex character sequence, twice! Is there a way to get XP to generate the key from the passphrase
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I've had this issue in a number of installations, and not just with XP. Also, if you have different brands of wireless gear, it seems you end up doing the hex key.
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