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Macbook - Limited to no connectivity **WiFi Questions**


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Ok right now im using a netgear wifi router. im trying to get the macbook to get connected to the network but when i added it the computer reads it as limited or no connectivity(this is on the window's side) but when i insert the wep key on the mac side it doesnt even find it. Do i need to buy the AirPort Express to get the internet working? Will the AirPort Express solve everything??
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What's the distance between the Wireless router and the MacBook. It can happen due to low signal strength.
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the router and the laptop is a good 3 feet lol other dell laptops connect fine without a problem with full strength
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Anyone?
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Sometimes PCs and routers use WEP with 40-bit or 64-bit enryption, the Mac only supports 128-bit. You need to check your router config by logging into http://router.net from a machine connected with cat5 and then check to see what form of WEP you're using. I'll bet it's WEP-64bit, I would switch it over to WPA as it is more secure and more compatible, but if yu must use WEP, make sure it is 128bit.
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ok thanks let me check and see if its ok
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Well i checked it out and its set at 128 bit and we dont have WPA so i have to use WEP
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sorry, that was my one shot...
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hmm i just sent my macbook for repairs i guess i should i add that in there
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Is buying the airport going to solve my problem??
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nope, I use 64bit wep on my dlink router. I spent a few hours with this problem. put you network passcode in quotes only on the mac.

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Netgear routers are notorious for being garbage. It could very well be the problem.

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Netgear routers are notorious for being garbage. It could very well be the problem.

Especially a lot of the newer Netgears I have had to set up. Some work ok out of the box but then slowly go down hill. My friends Netgear 54G router after a few months started to overheat and lock up over and over. I would also check to be sure it's not the router.
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Especially a lot of the newer Netgears I have had to set up. Some work ok out of the box but then slowly go down hill. My friends Netgear 54G router after a few months started to overheat and lock up over and over. I would also check to be sure it's not the router.
hmm reminds me of my old linksys router.

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well i went to buy a AirPort Extreme Base Station (with modem and antenna port)
The thing was i got it for 45.00 so i bought it. so how do i set it up now? my macbook is out for repairs but i should get it on tuesday or so.
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