Filesharing and Wireless PW

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by antizero, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. antizero

    antizero Network Guru Member

    Ok, this will be a bit complicated. OS X guru's please advise.

    I have a wrt54gs router. A windows desktop is wired to the router, and I have a apple powerbook (OS X 10.3) connected wirelessly via Airport Extreme card.

    Problem 1)

    When I set up my Powerbook yesterday it detected the wireless signal, but asked for a pw to join the network. There are various PW fields in the router admin page, I changed the wireless security pw (thinking that was the pw) but I still couldn't connect... I then disabled wireless security entirely and was able to connect. I'm not sure what's wrong. I tried two different pw's and each time I couldn't connect (I also typed the pw's more than once to make sure I didn't misspell something).

    I would like to have some sort of wireless encryption on my network.

    Problem 2)

    I would like to have file sharing on the windows desktop enabled, (it looks as though I do) but I do not see that computer from my Powerbook in Finder.

    I have no idea how to remedy this. Google'd and all but didn't find anything definitive.

    Thanks for any help in advance.
  2. antizero

    antizero Network Guru Member

    Update --

    I was able to set up file sharing on the windows computer, and I can connect to it from the powerbook.

    Now I just have to figure out how to add more shares besides those in the "Shared Documents" folder.
  3. hoodsmom

    hoodsmom Network Guru Member

    I'm using WEP (still running Jaguar, which doesn't support WPA). Did you put a $ before the password you entered in system prefs>network>airport (in the password field). In OS X you need a $ before the hexidecimal password to let the OS know you're sending a hexidecimal number. (On my PB in OS 9, you do not need the $, no matter what "they" say on the net; go figure.)

    I use a piece of freeware called "wep key maker" that can generate a hexidecimal password from a passphrase. In reality, once I've generated the password, I use a flash drive to transfer it to my wireless computers, but you can also install wep key maker on each computer and reproduce your password from the passphrase, which is obviously easier to remember than the hexidecimal password itself.

    If you still have trouble with the passwords, you can always enable MAC address filtering - it's better than nothing. (I have both WEP and MAC address filtering enabled).
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