HP laptop not recognizing Linksys Wireless B Security Key..
I have a Linksys BEFW11S4 Wireless-B router (I know, I know, it's old) that's been working fine for years but when I try to connect my new HP Laptop (Model: dv4-1225dx) running Vista I can only connect to the internet if I disable security. (Note: I have another HP laptop running Vista which has been connected to the same WEP enabled router for the last 2 years....no problem).
So, with WEP security enabled (the only type that it offers), it prompts me for my Security Key which I enter but it keeps saying that it's invalid and that I must enter a Security Key that is 5 or 13 characters long...mine is 8 characters long. Do I really need to create a new Security Key in order for this to work or is there something else going on here?I'm certain the Security Key I'm using is correct, verified it by going to my router's set-up page. Any ideas?
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Re: HP laptop not recognizing Linksys Wireless B Security...
The WEP encryption is consist of 10 characters for 64 bit hex, 128 bit hex is 24 characters and WPA is 8 to 63 characters. So it seems that you have a vista computer? The compatible encryption for vista is WPA, sometime using WEP it is not working properly. So I might advise you to access the configuration of your router (192.168.1.1) and change the wireless settings of your router to WPA-Personal.
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type 192.168.1.1 into your browser and hit enter. This will take you to your router page.
If you have never been to this page before this is a list of defualt passwords to enter your page. Linksys BEFW11S4, WRT54G: admin Linksys EtherFast Cable/DSL Ethernet routers: Administrator Linksys Comcast routers: comcast All other Linksys routers: [none] Default passwords: Linksys BEFW11S4: [none] Linksys Comcast routers: 1234 All other Linksys routers: admin
From here you can set your own wireless security mode and generate a passphrase or key to lock out intruders. Hope this helps...Good luck
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First, your router is old, go pickup a new one that supports the G standard, don't worry it will fall back to B standard or better yet get an N standard router. To setup wireless security directly connect a pc via cat5 data cable to one of the switch ports on the router (not the wan) and login to the web innerface, click the wireless tab, now look for the security or encrypted options. Most routers support WPA-2 encryption where you enter a phrase of 2 or 3 words if your router only supports web encryption go buy a new router. Save it, then go to your pc, disconnect, remove the wifi ssid from your managed wireless list refresh and search for the ssid of your wireless signal (name), now connect and the router should challenge you for your WPA pass phrase you setup in the router. Now your wifi ssid is secure and all connections will require the passphrase.
You have befw11s4 router, which is very old router. May be you will need to upgrade the firmware of the router. change the channel to 6. check the wireless security settings. Make sure that the wireless MAC filter is disabled.
For this you will need to access the router set up page. make sure that the computer is connected to the router with the cable when you open the router set up. Click here for mode info about routers and wireless network
That's firmware problem on your router. Try to download the latest firmware for you router from www.linksys.com/download then load the latest firmware. After successfully updated the firmware, you need to hard reset the router by pressing the reset button for 20 seconds then unplug the power for 10 seconds and plug it back in. You will need to reconfigure the wireless settings.
This is an old router. Look at the power light. You must have a STEADY power light. RESET the BEFW11s4 by pushing the reset button for 30seconds. Unplug the power of the BEFW11s4 for 30 seconds. Connect pc to port 2 or 3. pc should get an ip of 192.168.1.x. If you are getting this ip that means that the pc is already detecting the router.
It's really easy to find your wep key if you can log into the router page. Usually the router is defaulted to 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 You put that number after the http:// in a web browser and it should ask you for a username and password. Either enter the username and password you set it up for, or if you didn't set one it's probably admin admin. Now there should be a page with a bunch of settings. Near the top click on the tab that say wireless, and under that tab there should be something called security. The WEP key you have set up should be in here. The WEP key is not the passcode, just wanted to point that out. It's most likely under something by the name of key 1 or something to that affect. That should take care of your WEP key problem. I would personally recommend upgrading to a wireless G router if the other devices on your network can use G. Wireless G is much faster and also allows the use of wireless B devices on it. Hope I helped. If you need more help just ask, I might be able to get some screenshots up or direct you to a manual.