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wep key keeps changing on vista

Discussion in 'Networking' started by spudder, Oct 19, 2008.

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  1. spudder

    spudder Thread Starter

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    i have two toshiba laptops both fairly new,, with both having vista home premium on them,and both are on the same linksys wireless router to access the internet. now the problem ONLY one of them is having a problem accessing the router. it connects fine but will not get pass the wep key , ,, upon checking the my networks-connection-properties-security tab i find each time that the 10 digit hex key has been changed to a 8 digit key and also sometimes it has been changed from a shared connection to a authentication connection. There are 4 other wireless connection around me that my laptop recognizes could this be the problem ( I don't think it is) and yes i have my connection set up for automatic and I also have a different ssid than the other connections and my other laptop connects automatically and has no problems
    1. does vista have default wep key that it uses for wireless connection
    2. if not what can be changing my wep key from a 10 digit to a 8 digit key
    3. the only difference i ve found in the usage of each laptop is the laptop with the problem is used for chatting on pal talk and msn messager could one of those programs change my key or could someone be hacking me and changing it ,, hhmm i am kinda stumped at what the real problem is.
     
  2. TerryNet

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    Is the 8 digit key similar to your 10 digit one, completely different, or all asterisks? Sorry to have to ask this, but many times the actual key is represented visually by some set number of asterisks so that shoulder surfers can't tell the number of digits.
     
  3. spudder

    spudder Thread Starter

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    it all asterisks and when i highlight it to change it to characters it deletes it when i put a check in the box under the wep key
     
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