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Wireless Internet WEP key hexadecimal Problem


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Hi , i am a new Mac user after being faithful to windows since 3.1 i made the change to a Mac Mini :-)
Having bought a wireless adapter for it, namely the D-link gdwl-122+, i have had a few problems. I got the mac to recognise the adapter with some help from google
But now i have to enter a wep key for my network. It is a headless pc server with a wep key of 55555555555555555555555555
Stupid i know, someone else chose that! I can get a pc to connect easily by putting this in, but on the mac i cant and it wants a 1-26 key hexadecimal value or a 13 key ascii value.
I used an online converter but they are limited to about 10 numbers, not 26 that i use. Thinking i could see a pattern in how hexadecimal works i thought id try that but i cant see it! Im no mathematician
Help me with this so i can go online and ill get rid of the IBM thinkpad im writing this on now :-)
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I don't know if you are going to be able to convert that number to hex. I tried and only abloe to get up to seven numbers. One thing you might try, is to place a dollar sign in front of the string (.i.e $55555555555555555555555555). That might work.

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thanks for the reply :-)

Is there a way of just putting in the wep key as it is? If i select the network as being shared i can put in a wep key but it doesnt seem to do anything
Selecting the normal network options i get the hex thing again
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Hey, the $ thing looks like it may have done something. Im a bit more connected now. Think thats it.
If it is then thank you very much :-)
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Hopefully you are not on Comcast right now, because we have been having some DNS issues. In the last couple of days.

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Doh
Ive got the wep key sorted now it wont connect to the windows network. The mac sees the wireless usb as an ethernet port and i dont know how to get it to connect to my network.It knows the network is present but it cant get in since i am not sure how to configure it if it was a wired connection. Read something about apple talk protocol but not sure if thats for older macs only...
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are you sharing out any of the folders on the PC? can you see the PC?

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Tried to ping the server which is 192.168.0.1, also tried to ping it by name 'auriga' and it says the host is down. I just did the ping from my pc laptop and it worked with both.
So i cant see any folders or anything. But it knows its there somewhere since it says network connected. If it was a pc i just keep rebooting til it works but i think im doing something wrong with ip settings and i dont know what to set as the router ip
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what are you Mac specs and what kind of router are you using

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Im on a mac mini with 1.4ghz,512mb,superdrive,80gig
Using a wireless usb adapter - D-link dwl-g122+ revision b
PC access point is a d-link 54mbps model

Ip on pc has a manual setting of 192.168.0.1 and is named 'auriga' on workgroup 'HAWARDEN'
Ill try and post screen grabs from the mac
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you havent forgot to put your MAC address in the allowed field have you i did last time
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Ah i dont think i have done that. Not sure what MAC address to use tho...
Apart from that this is what i have so far..


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the only thing i can think of is to go into the router settings and check that.

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Its not really a router, its an access point. Not sure exactly if its that different because i didnt set mine up in the first place. Maybe my adapter isnt compatible. I know its not supposed to be, but i found a forum on macosxhints about getting it to work by using a chipset driver.
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does you network require a certain proxy. like at my school i have to type in bess.proxy.k12.bossier.la.us and then 8856 and the port number..
go to one of the PC's and go to IE then tools->internet options->Connections tab--> Lan Settings and see if the use proxy server box is ticked.... if so copy the adress and box into the one on ur mac ( hit command+comma-> click change proxy ->tick the web proxy box -> and enter the adress and proxy from the PC.

sry if this is not the cure for the problem.
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