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Cannot connect iMac with DI-524 over wireless! Please help!

I am making a transition from PC to MAC and so far it is being very painful! :( My  Mac connects to the Internet via DI-524 over cable with no problem. But wireless connection doesn't work. I have updated MAC OS to 10.5.2, DI-524 firmware to 2.06, removed security on my router, still no result. MAC sees the network on wireless bet when I try to connect it says "connection failed". When I try network diagnostics it asks for WEP password which my network doesn't have and of course doesn' t connect. The most weirdest thing though is that wireless WAS working yesterday with no problem after I updated to MAC OS 10.5.2 (it was not working with 10.5), then it stopped working for good. I believe it stopped working after I connected MAC and my old PC through the wire via the router but I am not sure. I also got some automatic updates of iLife and so on, but I don't think it caused the problem.  Needless to say that wireless works on my PC like a charm. Seem like the problem is in MAC which is very sad because I like the new shiny machine. Any help is very much appreciated. Boris

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The most likely answer is that you have an access control list (MAC Address filtering list) set up on your router and have not added your Mac's MAC, also called your Airport ID to the list but there are other possible causes.
Double check that you do not need to add your MAC address to the list, that you did save changes when you removed security from your router and that your PC can still connect.
The hardest part of moving from PC to Mac is learning to trust your computer to do things for you, with Microsoft's OS's you don't just trust the automated set-up wizards because even in the rare circumstance that the wizard actually works you invariably have to finish the settings manually.
With your Mac the exact opposite is true, if you try to do everything manually it'll invariably mess things up, where as using the wizards and trusting the computer to manage things on it's own reaps obvious rewards.
If Airport set-up wizard is asking for a WEP key and leaving the field blank doesn't work you can be comfortably sure that the router has a key set up on it. (BTW: Always be mindful of the fact that WEP is pointless, even 128bit.) 
Check that your router has not been hijacked and that you have indeed removed the security from your router, is it possible that you have a WPA key set up on the router? Unlike WEP, WPA and especially WPA2 actually secure your network (in as much as is possible). 
Another major cause of connectivity issues for new Mac users is having Norton Internet security installed, for a PC user the idea of not having full-on paranoid security installed is anathema, the idea that your Mac's inbuilt firewall alone is plenty of protection (at time of writing) Other than that ClamXav antivirus will protect your Mac form any viruses that may appear in future. Norton Internet security for Mac is often pushed on buyers by stores that don't know any better, to be honest Norton Internet security for Mac is an awful lot of hassle and performance loss for little or no advantage.

Using a Mac is different to using a PC but once you have got used to using a Mac you will not be able to change back, once you have learned to trust your Mac to do things for you, you will find Windows (any version) to be painfully time consuming, unstable and fiddly to use.
Post back if you are still having problems. :)

Posted on Mar 10, 2008

  • Nicholas Wilson
    Nicholas Wilson Mar 11, 2008

    One last thought Boris, you're not trying to connect to the network wirelessly whilst you also have it connected via a network cable are you? this will not work as your Mac will protect it's self from conflicts by not connecting to the same network over 2 interfaces. (Actually bandwidth aggregation is possible but would only cloud this issue for no practical gain.)

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