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Windows XP, SP2 + WEP doesn't quite work together!

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Windows XP, SP2 + WEP doesn't quite work together!

Hi, all:

I have the following setup, that's been working just fine for a while.

NetGear DG834GT wireless access point/router.
Toshiba Satellite 6000, running Windows XP + SP2.
Tosbiba SatPro, running Windows 2000.

Yesterday, I discovered an extra connection to my router, presumably from a neighbour, and therefore I decided to configure WEP on the router and all laptops.

Since then, I can't get the XP box to connect again with WEP enabled. Turning WEP off re-enables the connection from the XP box; turning it back on kills it again.

Windows XP Firewall is off; and my Windows 2000 system connects fine with WEP enabled, as does my wife's and daughter's systems (both Windows 2000).

I'm getting fed-up with entering and re-entering a 13 character key, twice and then again as a 26 character hex key value. I've done it often enough now that I (almost) have the hex sequence memorised. I've entered it in lower-case, upper-case, before noon, after noon and after a shower.

None of these ideas helped.

Does anyone have a suggestion for getting an XP system to talk again, whilst retaining the WEP settings? Please?

Cheers

JR
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Windows XP, SP2 + WEP doesn't quite work together!

So its not just me then!
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Windows XP, SP2 + WEP doesn't quite work together!

I guess not - how long have you had this issue?
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Windows XP, SP2 + WEP doesn't quite work together!

Have you got the correct transmission key (0-4) selected when configuring the XP connection ?
Had a similar prob to you a while back, kept putting in the WEP key and it wouldn't connect, then realised I had a different transmission key selected - matched them up and then all was fine...
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Windows XP, SP2 + WEP doesn't quite work together!

I believe I did - it's early, the XP laptop is packed up for a day out and I can't recall precisely where it was, but there was a drop down on the same dialog as the hex or char WEP key entry fields, that allowed a choice from 1 to 4. Presumably, this is the one you're referring to and if so, yep, I set that correctly, I think.

I'm gonna let it run until next weekend as it is; then probably spend another happy six or so hours entering the same 26 character hex string on three computers and the router.
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Windows XP, SP2 + WEP doesn't quite work together!

LOL been in that boat a few times ! Your best bet is to stick the key on a floppy disc or usb key - saves typing it in each time and less chance of a typo.
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Windows XP, SP2 + WEP doesn't quite work together!

Actually, I'm trying to come up with a meaningful sentence, in hex, to make that task a little easier. The only word I have thus far is 'face', but it's early days (and indeed hours!) yet ...
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Windows XP, SP2 + WEP doesn't quite work together!

Why not just restrict router access by MAC? That way it will be transparent to any clients, be they Win2k or WinXP.
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Then you don't have to worry about WEP passkeys, or about neighbours borrowing your connection.