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Real Noob Needs Very Basic Help

Discussion in 'Linksys Official Firmware' started by Panoramic, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. Panoramic

    Panoramic Guest

    Apologize for this being in the wrong forum if it is . . . AND for such a basic question to what is so obviously an informed group of networking gurus, but here goes anyway:

    I have a WRT54G hardware version 1.0, running Linksys official firmware version v2.04.4, although I doubt it even matters because my question is so basic LOL.

    In the <Wireless><Wireless Security> screen of the router's config, I'm running
    * WEP Security Mode
    * Default Transmit Key =1
    * WEP Encryption 128 bits 26 hex bits
    And there's a Passphrase and four Key fields with a lot of characters in them.

    I've never understood how to cross-reference these fields to those required to set up the PC side of things. For example, on my PC's (Windows XP) wireless adapter properties, under the wireless network properties, <Association> screen, it wants me to enter a "Network key," but only has eight characters (hidden out). Even ONE field of the router's config (either passphrase or any single one of the key fields) has like 4 times this number of characters!!

    I don't remember what I entered for those eight characters (my connection is working), but now I need to add another PC and can't figure out what to put in that field on the new PC :(


    Also, why is the "Default Transmit Key" =1 when there are FOUR keys listed in the wireless router's config screen?!?
  2. RcNorth

    RcNorth Network Guru Member

    The default transmit key is telling the router which of the four keys listed that it should match against.

    The characters are actually the hex values of the encyrpted code.

    If you have a Linksys wireless card in the PC you can enter in the pass phrase and tell it which key to transmit (1).

    If it is not a Linksys card in the PC then you will need to enter in the 1st key. There will be a setting that will allow you to set either 64 of 128bit encryption, once this is set properly you will be enter to enter in the key.

    Sorry, I can't tell you the setting on the PC as I'm at my wired PC, and the laptop (wireless) is not available right now.

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