Re: Vista Says WEP Key Is Wrong Length
"PC Medic" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> "Keith Willcocks" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> "PC Medic" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>>> <email@example.com> wrote in message
>>>>I have Vista on my laptop. I need to connect to a wireless network
>>>> which has WEP encryption with a 6 character pass phrase. Every time
>>>> I attempt to connect Vista tells me that the pass phrase must be 5 or
>>>> 13 characters long. The other users all have XP machines and are
>>>> connected and working. There is no way to get the pass phrase
>>>> changed. How can I overcome this problem?
>>> Look in your routers configuration screen.
>>> On the screen that contains the security setting for WEP you should see
>>> the 'Pass Phrase (may appear only as ******)
>>> Just below this you should see the actual Encryption Key. Try entering
>>> this instead of the actual pass-phrase. May be case sensitive so type it
>>> exactly as it appear there.
>> Regrettably the router is not accessible to me. It is a company one and
>> only the outsourced IT people can get in. They have given me the 6
>> character key which is, and I am happy to quote here because it is of no
>> use to anyone else, "l0gger" with one numeric character (the zero). As
>> far as they are concerned that is all I need but it seems that Vista,
>> unlike XP, won't play ball.
>> Keith Willcocks
>> (If you can't laugh at life, it ain't worth living!)
> What they are giving you is the 'Pass Phrase and NOT the key.
> Many times (especially with different branded NICs and Routers in a
> network) entering the pass Phrase will not work and you must instead enter
> the actual Key. Ask them for the Key. If they were willing to give you the
> Pass Phrase then there is no reason they should not be willing to provide
> you the actual hex key.
I work there every Wednesday so I will pose that question next week. Thanks
for the advice.
(If you can't laugh at life, it ain't worth living!)