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I spent a while trying to figure out this problem so I thought I'd post this tip to help others who may have the same issue. The problem I had was trying to connect a MacBook to a wireless router which uses 64-bit WEP key. The AirPort prompt on the Mac wasn't very helpful, giving only 3 options for WEP key (WEP Password, WEP 128 bit HEX and ASCII). I chose WEP Password and entered the 64-bit WEP HEX key and unbeknownst to me, Mac did not understand this key and cannot connect to the wireless router. Eventually I discovered the syntax to enter this key, thanks to the article below, to get the WEP Password prompt to understand the 64-bit HEX key you have to precede the key by 0x. This I thought is very counter-intuitive, considering Mac's reputation for the ease of use of their OS.

HOWTO: Configure wireless with 64-bit WEP on Mac OS X
http://domster83.wordpress.com/2007/03/09/how-to-configure-wireless-with-64-bit-wep-on-mac-os-x/

Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2008 10:19 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: MacBook AirPort and wireless router 64-bit WEP key

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yay i was trying to figure out how to add my macbook to my router for the loongest time ever! and i did this and it absolutely works. thank you so so much!!
Left by Connie on Jul 01, 2008 12:07 PM

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Thank you! My new MacBook chokes on 128-bit connections -- this tip is a godsend!
Left by HappyMac on Feb 28, 2009 1:18 AM

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Yes, this worked but it was not obvious. I have four Hex keys in my 64-bit WEP security, as well as a password. I kept trying the password, but it wouldn't take. Finally I tried the FIRST Hex key. It worked. Why that, and not another? Do they all work? And why did I have Google a few times to find this solution?
Left by margotdarby on Mar 07, 2009 7:36 PM

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thank you ! been trying to figure this one out for a while, it is a real riddle !!
Left by binky on Mar 30, 2009 4:56 PM

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I tried all of the above as well and thought I was good to go...not so fast my Apple Geek friends... my router is using key 3 instead of the default key 1 setting. the airport doesn't let you change that anywhere that I can see in airport utility or when setting up the connection... to confirm this, I switched my router to use Key 1 and used the corresponding 128 bit key...worked great...but, I don't want to use key 1 !!
how can I change which key it's looking for in the airport utility?
Left by Dan on Jun 15, 2009 1:31 PM

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Wow, saved me boatload of troubleshooting!
THANKS!!
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