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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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  • VinPro Mar 09, 2009

    Unfortunately, my old Linksys Wireless-B router only offers WEP. Although WEP is an option on my new HP laptop running Vista, there does indeed seem to be some compatibility problem in that it won't accept my Security Key. Somehow though, I didn't have this problem with my 2 year old HP laptop running Vista.



    Anyway, as I stated above I did find a temporary work-around, albeit one that many would consider risky, i.e., disabling WEP security. The long term solution, obviously, is to upgrade to a G router....thanks again for trying.

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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.

Posted on Mar 09, 2009

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    Michael Badajos Mar 10, 2009

    Oh I see, yah that's right I though that was a new computer. thanks for voting.

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