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Re: help with airport card on g3 powerbook

On Wed, 7 Sep 2005 16:08:06 +0000
Chris Martin <chriscodes@gmail.com> wrote:

> On 9/7/05, Matthias Grimm <matthiasgrimm@users.sourceforge.net> wrote:
> <snip>
> > If you don't use the Apple base station you have to disable encrypted
> > communication in the acces point, because the original Apple Airport
> > card only supports 40Bit WEP which is not longer supported by recent
> > access points. They use 128bit WEP or WPA. The Apple Airport card can't
> > connect to base stations configured for 128Bit WEP or WPA.
> > 
> Are you sure of this? My router is set to 128Bit Hex. It's also an
> option in OS X.

If we talk about the airport card from year 2000 mounted in an
Powerbook G3, I'm pretty sure about this. Maybe Apple changed this with
later Powerbooks. 

Somewhere I read about 104-Bit key encryption in conjunction with Apple
airport cards (but I can't remember where) but my key looks like this:
  wireless-key1 aabb-ccdd-ee       (This is not my real key ;-))

That are 5 bytes = 40 Bit. How many bytes has your key?

For the Apple access point there was a possibility to update because
they use a PCMCIA card from Lucent (Silver Card, if I remember
correctly) and it could be replaced with a Gold card, which is able to
handle WEP128. But I never heard about such a update for the built-in
airport card.

> > In my configuration the key is set with wireless-key1, but you only
> > need this key if your base station is able to talk WEP40.
> Again, are you sure? I was under the impression you use this if your
> access point uses multiple keys, regardless of which WEP. 128 can use
> multiple keys as well.

I always failed to connect to recent wireless routers, but I never
looked for the reason for long. Maybe there is a configuration that

  Best Regards

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