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Solved: usb adapter passkey issue

Discussion in 'Networking' started by paulyboy500, Nov 10, 2007.

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  1. paulyboy500

    paulyboy500 Thread Starter

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    I've installed a Belkin USB Network Adapter(model f5d7050) onto my e-machines e510 Desktop which is running on Windows ME. Once I'd updated the drivers it detected the router no problem. The difficulty I'm having is that by default the Belkin-USB connection manager is insisting I input a "Hex-key" rather than the "passkey" thatI've been using to connect via my laptops. The radio buttons to select "passkey" or "hex-key" are there but shaded out. It took me a while to get the laptops connected so I don't want to change the router settings over to hex-key access.
    Any idea how I can get the "input passkey" option to become available?
     
  2. leroys1000

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    Do you have the option to switch between WEP and WPA security?
     
  3. JohnWill

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    WEP passkey options frequently interpret differently on different equipment. I suggest using ONLY the HEX key for WEP encoding.
     
  4. paulyboy500

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    In answer to the earlier question, the Belkin interface allows me to choose between WEP, WPA and WPA2 Connections, as well as between TKIP and AES encryptions. The router is set for WPA2 security but restricted via passkey - is my only option to ditch my passkey in favour of a hex-key?
    I'm a bit confused by hex-keys - do I just choose a combination of 64 letters and numbers, update my router settings and it will be acceptable?
     
  5. leroys1000

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    Using the HEX key is more secure by far.
    Yes,select the numbers and caracters you want to use.
    Changing to WEP will probably make passkey available,but it will be much less secure.
     
  6. JohnWill

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    If you're using WPA, you don't need to worry about HEX. Please note that I was specific that WEP has the HEX/passphrase issue.

    I'd try WPA on the router, then erase all the existing wireless configuration profiles and search for a new connection.
     
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