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WPA via BEFW11S4 to Mac with AirPort?

By ACSTech01 ·
I'm attempting to use a WPA Pre-Shared key on my LinkSys
BEFW11S4 to share a connection with my iBook with the latest
version of AirPort and an AirPort card.

When I attempt to log in on the iBook, I choose to use "WPA
Personal" and enter the password I chose on the router. At this
point I get a message stating that my router doesn't support that
encryption method.

Any ideas?

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by ACSTech01 In reply to WPA via BEFW11S4 to Mac w ...

Just discovered an ancient question I had a large point rating on,
so here's some more points.

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by lyon_bleu In reply to

Please clarify:

1) Mac OS version
2) Airport software version
3) If the WPA enabled router is the base station

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by ACSTech01 In reply to WPA via BEFW11S4 to Mac w ...

I've just discovered that Apple's software only allows WPA on
802.11g, even if an 802.11b router supports it.

So I'm not looking for "It's not supported", but if anyone knows
of any hack or software app that allows me to use something
more secure than WEP, they'll get the points.

In fact, I'll raise the rating now.

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by ACSTech01 In reply to WPA via BEFW11S4 to Mac w ...

Point value changed by question poster.

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by ACSTech01 In reply to WPA via BEFW11S4 to Mac w ...

Point value changed by question poster.

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by LMon In reply to WPA via BEFW11S4 to Mac w ...

First, I would get on to the router main page and the cards configuration page so you can see if there is a specific type of wpa you need to use.

IE for wep you can use hex or ascii. I am assumming the same goes for wpa.

If you keep getting that message why dont you use WEP instead of wpa. From what I read your card accepts 128 bit encryption. You can use this temporarily until you figure out the correct setting for WPA.

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by LMon In reply to

This is from one of the apple airport pages:

Secure Connection
Rest easy ? AirPort Express takes strong measures to prevent unauthorized intrusion into your wireless network. It features a built-in firewall to protect you from gate-crashers from the Internet. It also features password protection and supports powerful encryption technologies including Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and 128-bit WEP encryption.

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by ACSTech01 In reply to

Thanks for the answer, but the AirPort Express is an 802.11g card, and I'm using
a standard AirPort card, which is 802.11b only.

I'm currently using WEP, because though my router supports the WPA standard,
the software doesn't.

I guess WEP (though faulty) is fine for a home user, but I like to have the best
possible security.

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by lyon_bleu In reply to WPA via BEFW11S4 to Mac w ...

If you are indeed running Mac OS X 10.3.x with the Airport
utilities version 3.3 or later then the only limitation to the use of
WPA would be the Airport card in the iBook itself. The _latest_
software does support WPA as long as the hardware does
regardless of the speed.

Check the following for more info [watch the spaces]:
<http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107795>
[note that both Airport and Airport Extreme cards are
suppported by version 3.3]
<http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107921>

HTH,

paul

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by ACSTech01 In reply to

Weird. It does look like the original AirPort card supports WPA on OS 10.3. But I'm
running 10.3.4 with all AirPort updates (besides AirPort Extreme, which I don't
have), and it sure doesn't work for me.

Any suggestions?

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