Question about Palm LifeDrive Handheld
I have wi-fi in the house but the Lifedrive states "no signal." I entered the 10 digit WEP key and still no signal/won't connect.
Ok first thing to know is if the LD is detecting networks at all. Tap the wfif icon and hit the scan button. If you see a list of available networks that means its working and the problem is the settings.
I'm assuming that it is detecting the network from your description.
The LD supports WEP and WPA so you have other options if nothing else. WEP is nice and simple (most of the time anyway)
On the scan find your network tap edit, Make sure the SSID is correct, Make sure that it says WEP under scurity and then tap the key box where is says assigned.
Now this is the bit that makes or breaks the connection. Make sure the key type is set correctly. You have three choices hex, ascii or passphrase. Most wireless router just use the first two.
You need to make sure that this is set to exactly the same as the router.
For ten digits that means you are trying to use 40-bit hex which is not the easiest but it works sometimes. Ascii tends to go a lot easier and I would suggest you consider switching over the ascii to avoid the headaches. I don't know why the LD does not want to work all of the time when using the hex key but it does seem to have problems. Assuming you have the hex key matching exactly as per the one you have in the router it should work. Should but sometimes just won't. Check your cases and make sure you are only using the basic ascii set not the extended. Stick to number and letters and you should be good.
I have never had a problem with the ascii or passcode but usually do not have much sucsess with the hex setup even when it is correct. I've assumed that it was something I've missed but have not had these problems using other devices.
Posted on Jul 09, 2009
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