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Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by volklfan, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. volklfan

    volklfan LI Guru Member

    I just got an 802.11b for my desk top and I am trying to connect it to my existing network but it will not accept my network key although I know that I am entering the right key. it will connect to an unsecured network that is running out of the same cable modem. I think i need to clone the address from my desk top to the 802.11b since my wireless router already was cloned to my desk top but I cant figure how to change the address on the 802.11b. I have never used a forum like this before so sorry if I am not making great sence. please help if you can.
  2. pablito

    pablito Network Guru Member

    If you've had to clone the "MAC" address on the other machine to make it work then the wireless AP has MAC access filtering enabled. You'll need to add your new MAC address to the allow list. Or turn off the filtering to verify that you can indeed connect (and then grab the new MAC now that the AP knows what it is).
    You'll have other problems if the AP sees two machines claiming to have the same MAC address.
    If that is the problem....
  3. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    MAC Address Filtering aside, there are also the following issues:

    1. Network key incompatibility
    Some 802.11b adapters and their drivers do not work with WPA (no driver update from the manufactuers). Is your network implementing WPA and does your adapter support WPA?

    2. Mixed mode incompatibility
    Some 802.11b adapters I have come across are not able to connect to existing functional 802.11g networks that operate in Mixed mode (i.e., 802.11b+g). From your description, it doesn't sound like this is the case though.

    PS. Might help to know which adapter(s) and router/AP you are using.
  4. volklfan

    volklfan LI Guru Member

    I have no idea how to do that

    thanks for the reply but I am fairly new to wireless networking and I have no idea how to do what you are suggesting, so a how to would be the greatest thing in the world.
  5. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    You can check settings for Wireless MAC Address Filtering function by logging in to your router at its default address of

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