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Network key i try to connect to a wireless network that requires a WEP network key and it says it needs to be 5 or 13 ascii characters or 10 or 26 hexadecimal characters. but the password is neither of those how do i fix this?

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Select "WPA-Personal" as the type of authentication and try it again. Remember, your password is case sensitive.

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I cannot connect to the internet on wireless on my Dell precision M50. When I enter the WEP key I get the following message - 'The network password needs to be 40bits or 104bits depending on your network...


You are trying to connect to a wireless network that has a password (referred to as protection).

Dont worry about the "bits" or the network configuration parts. - thats all overkill.

The long and short of it is that you need a password to log onto your router.

It will either be 5, 10, 13, or 26 characters in length.

If you do not have the password, you can post the version of the router (model number and brand) up here, and someone can help you reset it so that you can put the password into your computer.

First I would check to make sure the "WEP" key is the right number of characters. 5-or-10-or-13-or-26

Feb 23, 2011 | Dell Precision M50 Notebook

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How to setup WEP on an SMCD3GN Wireless Cable Modem Gateway 1. Log into the...


How to setup WEP on an SMCD3GN Wireless Cable Modem Gateway

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1. Log into the router. To do this you will need to open your web browser and enter http://192.168.0.1

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2. You will need to log in to the router. The Default Username and Password:
User Login
Username: cusadmin.
Password: password
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3. Next click on [WIRELESS] link on the Side Navigation bar.

4. Select [WEP] from the [SecurityMode] drop-down menu.

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You can choose between standard 64-bit or 12b-bit encryption keys. Below are the configuration options for 64-bit WEP. A passphrase or a manual key can be used

NOTE: To enter a manual WEP key you will need to enter hexadecimal values (A-F and 0-9). Example: 64-bit hexadecimal keys are exactly 10 characters in length. (123654ACDE is a valid strong of 10 characters for 64-bit encryption).

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To automatically generate a 64-bit WEP key, enter in a Passphrase (keyword- ex. homegateway). And click the [Generate Keys] option. Once you do this, the Gateway will dynamically generate 4 keys. Simply configure the Default Key to the one key that you will be using across your network.

5. Select the Open System, Shared Key or Automatic from the [Authentication] drop-down menu. Note in most cases you want it set to Automatic.

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For more security, you can use 128-bit WEP encryption. To use this mode, select the [128 bit (26 hex digits)] from theWEP Key Length drop-down menu option and the configuration section will be displayed. 128-bit encryption requires a longer key than 64-bit encryption. Keys are defined by entering in a strong in HEX (hexadecimal- using characters 0-9, A-F) or ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange – alphanumeric characters) format. ASCII format is provided so you can enter a string that is easier to remember. The ASCII string is converted to HEX for use over the network. You can manually enter in the 26-digit hexadecimal key.

Example: 128-bit hexadecimal keys are exactly 26 characters in length. ( 234FEDCBA12340013333389319 is a valid string of 26 characters for 128-bit encryption).

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NOTE: If you are having a difficult time getting the wireless connection up after enabling WEP- Please confirm that you have configured the SAME WEP key on both the Gateway and Client card.

6. Click the [Apply] button to save your settings

on Feb 26, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I have my network open and i wish to put a password on it.. how do i do that?


Hi.
First, you need to access your router.
To do this, open a browser, and in the address bar type in: 192.168.1.1

This takes you inside the router's web access program.
From here you can change settings like security.

here as all the instructions for changing it.

  1. Type the following text in the user name and password fields: "admin".

  2. Go to the Basic Settings menu option tab on the top navigation bar and wait for the menu to appear.

  3. Click the Wireless Security menu option in the drop down menu.

  4. Click to select Enable Wireless Security.

  5. Click to select either WEP or WPA in the Network Authentication list.

If WEP is selected
  1. Select hexadecimal or ASCII characters as the Key Format. You can use either as a string of hexadecimal digits (characters 0 through 9 and A through F ) or as ASCII characters (any key on the keyboard).

  2. Select an encryption level from the Key Length list.

  3. Enter four different keys in the Key1, Key2, Key3, and Key4 fields to store on your router. For 40(64)-bit encryption, enter a 5-character (or 10 hexadecimal digits) WEP key. For 104(128)-bit encryption, enter a 13-character (or 26 hexadecimal digits) WEP key.

  4. Select only one key out of the four keys as the Default Key for encryption.

  5. Click the NEXT button, and then click Save and Restart to apply the changes.

  6. Set up WEP encryption on your wireless clients. Refer to the documentation that accompanied your wireless clients, or your wireless clients' on-line help systems, for information on how to set up WEP encryption.

If WPA is selected
  1. Enter your pre-shared key. This key must match the key that is used by each wireless client computer associated to your router.

  2. Choose a key format. This can be hexadecimal digits (0-9 and A-F) or ASCII characters (any key on the keyboard).

  3. WPA Group Rekey Interval specifies how often the key "rotates" or changes.

  4. WPA Encryption allows you to select one of two possible encryption methods-TKIP and AES. Choose one that your wireless clients support.

  5. Click the NEXT button, and then click Save and Restart to apply the changes.

  6. Set up the WPA on your wireless clients. Refer to the documentation that accompanied your wireless clients, or your wireless clients' on-line help system, for information on how to setup WPA.

I know it looks like a lot of information, but really it's not.
Just follow these steps and you're security eill be set up in no time, and then you can rest your fears about someone else using your network without your permission.

NOTE:

NEVER store the password in your computer, because in the event of an infection, that information could be stolen.

Write whatever your new password is down, and keep it safe somewhere. That way, if someone does want to use your network, they will have to ask you for it, and you will have it for them.


I hope this gets you going the way you want!

Feb 08, 2011 | Dell Wireless 2350 Router

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I DO NOT KNOW MY SECURITY PASSPHRASE


n most cases the default wireless settings are sufficient for normal home use.

Locating the WEP or Network key:
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To change your Residential Gateway wireless settings:

  1. Open a Web browser and type http://gateway.2wire.net or http://192.168.1.254; the 2Wire Home page opens.
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    If the Home page does not open, check to make sure that you have no software firewalls blocking network access.

  2. Click the Home Networking tab at the top of the 2Wire Home page.
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  3. Click EDIT SETTINGS located on the right panel (Status at a Glance) under the Wireless Settings heading.
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  4. Change your wireless settings and use the following information if you want to change to a custom WEP key.

    64-bit hexadecimal keys are exactly 10 characters in length. (For example, 123456789A is a valid string of 10 characters for 64-bit encryption.)

    128-bit hexadecimal keys are exactly 26 characters in length. (For example, 456FBCDF123400144445271730 is a valid string of 26 characters for 128-bit encryption.)

    64-bit ASCII keys are exactly 5 characters in length. (For example, GMODE is a valid string of 5 characters for 64-bit encryption)

    128-bit ASCII keys are exactly 13 characters in length (For example, 2008SUNSSWIN1 is a valid string of 13 characters for 128-bit encryption.)

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If you need more help come back.Post / thumbs / testimonial are welcome!

Nov 15, 2010 | 2wire 2700HG-B Router (2700HGB)

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HOW TO CHANGE SSID


To change your Residential Gateway wireless settings:

  1. Open a Web browser and type http://gateway.2wire.net or http://192.168.1.254; the 2Wire Home page opens.
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    If the Home page does not open, check to make sure that you have no software firewalls blocking network access.

  2. Click the Home Networking tab at the top of the 2Wire Home page.
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  3. Click EDIT SETTINGS located on the right panel (Status at a Glance) under the Wireless Settings heading.
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  4. Change your wireless settings and use the following information if you want to change to a custom WEP key.

    64-bit hexadecimal keys are exactly 10 characters in length. (For example, 123456789A is a valid string of 10 characters for 64-bit encryption.)

    128-bit hexadecimal keys are exactly 26 characters in length. (For example, 456FBCDF123400144445271730 is a valid string of 26 characters for 128-bit encryption.)

    64-bit ASCII keys are exactly 5 characters in length. (For example, GMODE is a valid string of 5 characters for 64-bit encryption)

    128-bit ASCII keys are exactly 13 characters in length (For example, 2008SUNSSWIN1 is a valid string of 13 characters for 128-bit encryption.)

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Nov 08, 2010 | 2wire (1000-000057-000) Modem

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Not able to connect the sons Nitendo DSi to the internet. They are asking for the WEP Key but on my home hub there is only a WPA Key. BT have told me to connect to you to ask for support.


If your using WPA and your Nintendo DS only supports WEP Encryption theres no way you can connect it to the internet. WEP encryption is different from WPA.

WEP key uses hexadecimal - using characters 0-9, A-F or ASCII format. The ASCII format is easier to remember. The ASCII string is converted to HEX over the network.

Example of WEP key encryption are:

*64-bit hexadecimal keys are exactly 10 characters in length. (12345678FA is a valid string of 10 characters for 64-bit encryption.)
*128-bit hexadecimal keys are exactly 26 characters in length. (456FBCDF123400122225271730 is a valid string of 26 characters for 128-bit encryption.)
*64-bit ASCII keys are exactly 5 characters in length (DMODE is a valid string of 5 characters for 64-bit encryption.)
*128-bit ASCII keys are exactly 13 characters in length (2002HALOSWIN1 is a valid string of 13 characters for 128-bit encryption.)

WPA Key is entered as a pass phrase between 8 to 63 alphanumeric characters in the ASCII format at both ends of the wireless connection. Although PSK accepts a minimum of eight characters, for proper security, it is a good idea to use ample length and should not use a commonly known phrase. This phrase is used to generate session keys that are unique for each wireless client.

To resolved the issue you have an option to change the WirelessSettings on your router to WEP instead of WPA since WEP is also a secured netwrok. however you need to keep in mind that if you change the encryption you need to configure all othere device connected to the router via WPA and change the settings to WEP.


Thanks for using Fixya

Aug 02, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I downloaded Windows 7 and my wireless laptop won't connect to my 2wire. Where can I get new security key code or info get my laptop to work?


Hey pkkern,
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Your default 10 digit security is located on the bottom of your router.
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If you want to change it or for some reason your default key is no longer working we will have to get into the routers configuration homepage.
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To access this open up your Internet browser and write in this address, (which is your routers address) 192.168.1.254.
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If your routers homepage does NOT open up check to make sure you have no software firewalls
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Click the Home Networking tab at the top of the 2Wire Home page.
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Click EDIT SETTINGS located on the right panel (Status at a Glance) under the Wireless Settings heading.
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You will see a wireless network security section, use the following information to select a custom wep-key.
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Change your wireless settings and use the following information if you want to change to a custom WEP key. 64-bit hexadecimal keys are exactly 10 characters in length. (For example, 123456789A is a valid string of 10 characters for 64-bit encryption.)
128-bit hexadecimal keys are exactly 26 characters in length. (For example, 456FBCDF123400144445271730 is a valid string of 26 characters for 128-bit encryption.)
64-bit ASCII keys are exactly 5 characters in length. (For example, GMODE is a valid string of 5 characters for 64-bit encryption)
128-bit ASCII keys are exactly 13 characters in length (For example, 2008SUNSSWIN1 is a valid string of 13 characters for 128-bit encryption.)

Thanks for using fixya!
If you need information just comment in this thread and I will get back to you, don't forget to leave feedback!
Cheers,

Jul 24, 2010 | 2wire (1000-400108-001) Router

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Setting secured wireless connection


You can enable WEP on your router.

In the address bar of your browser, type 192.168.0.1 to access the setup page of the Dlink router.

By default the username is admin and leave the password blank.

On the Setup page, go to Wireless.

Security Mode should be WEP then click Next.

You can change the WEP KEY 1. Make sure you remember this because you will need to enter this on your wireless computer.

Save the settings.

I hope this helps!

Jul 19, 2010 | D-Link DIR-625 (790069292637) Wireless...

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Can't connect the artisan 800 to our wireless network


To add the printer to your wireless network, you need to know the name (SSID)
of your wireless network. If it has security enabled, you also need to know the
WEP key or passphrase. Write down the SSID and WEP key or passphrase below:
■ Network name (SSID): _________________________________________
■ WEP key or passphrase: _________________________________________
Note:
If the WEP key is either 5 or 13 characters, it’s ASCII. If the WEP key is either 10 or 26
characters, it’s hexadecimal. The default WEP key is usually 1.
If your passphrase contains upper- or lowercase letters, be sure to note it correctly.
The printer supports the following wireless security modes: WEP 64, WEP 128, and
WPA-PSK.
If you don’t know your wireless network name (SSID) or WEP key or passphrase,
contact the person who set up your wireless network before you begin.


Insert the printer software CD.
2. Windows Vista®: If you see the AutoPlay window, click Run Epsetup.exe.
When you see the User Account Control screen, click Continue.
Windows® XP: When you see the Software installation screen, continue with
step 3.
Mac OS® X: Double-click the icon.
3. Click Install.

1.Make sure that the printer is turned on.
2. When you see the FireWall Warning screen, click Next.
3.Make sure you connected the Ethernet cable

Oct 09, 2009 | Epson Artisan 800 All-In-One InkJet...

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Secure network


- access your web user interface by typing http://my.router (or the default address http://192.168.2.1) on the address bar of your web browser
- click on Basic Settings
- click on Wireless Security
- click on the Enable Wireless Security checkbox
- select either WEP or WPA in the Network Authentication list (Note: make sure that your wireless computers can support wpa if you're planning to use wpa. wpa is more secured than wep)
if you're going to setup wep, follow the steps below:

- select hexadecimal or ASCII characters as the Key Format, you can use either as a string of hexadecimal digits (character 0 ~ 9 and A ~F ) or as ASCII characters (any key on the keyboard)
- then select your desired encryption level from the Key Length list. it could be either 40(64)-bit or 104(128)-bit key length.
- enter four different keys in the Key1, Key2, Key3, and Key4 fields to store on your router.for 40(64)-bit encryption, enter a 5-character (or 10 hexadecimal digits).for 104(128)-bit encryption, enter a 13-character (or 26 hexadecimal digits) WEP key (note: you'll just need to enter the characters that you've setup on Key1 for all the wireless computers that you have
- click NEXT, then Save and Restart to apply the changes

if you're planning to enable wpa, follow the steps below:

- enter your pre-shared key. this key must match the key that is used by each wireless client computer associated to your router.
- choose a key format. this can be hexadecimal digits (0-9, A-F) or ASCII characters (any key on the keyboard)
- WPA Group Rekey Interval specifies how often the key "rotates" or changes
- WPA Encryption allows you to select 1 of 2 possible encryption methods (TKIP and AES) - choose one that your wireless clients supports
- click NEXT, then Save and Restart to apply the changes

then connect your wireless computers to your wireless signal using the correct wireless security (network key)

hope this'll help you.

Jun 08, 2008 | Dell TrueMobile 2300 Wireless Router...

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