Airport Express setup instructions

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Airport Express setup instructions

Postby Guest » Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:48 am

Hi all -

Just thought I'd post how to connect to an Apple Airport Express wifi network that is using WEP authentication because I ran into some issues with not understanding how to make it connect.

The setup you need to use to connect on the XO is when the authentication dialog box comes up you set it to the following

Key Type: Hex (40/128-bit)
Password: this needs to be the hex equivalent - see below
Authentication Type: Shared Key

To get your passwords Hex equivalent, launch the Airport Utility tool in /Applications/Utilities/Airport Utility

Once the app is launched click on the Airport Express access point that you are going to connect to and then click "Manual Setup". Then go to the "Base Station" menu and select the "Equivalent Network Password" item and it will display a dialog box with your WEP hex key.

Unfortunately this a much more complex password to have to type in and it doesn't appear that there's anyway to save the password so it's a bit tedious to have to reenter every time you boot the computer.


Hope this helps!

Mike
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Re: Airport Express setup instructions

Postby phigan » Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:59 pm

Anonymous wrote:Just thought I'd post how to connect to an Apple Airport Express wifi network that is using WEP authentication because I ran into some issues with not understanding how to make it connect.


Just FYI, these are steps you can follow to make it so you can use an ASCII phrase (5 or 13 characters for 64 or 128 bit, respectively). Visit this page, enter a desired 5 or 13 character phrase that you can remember easily in the "Custom Phrase" box, and click "Generate Custom Key". The HEX equivalent will be in the bottom box. Copy that key into your router or wireless access point. From then on, any machine that you would like to allow onto the wireless, just type in your easy to remember ASCII phrase, as opposed to a long 26 character HEX number.

Good luck!

- Joe
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