Setting an ASCII WEP Password on WRT54G/WAP54G

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by jsumnertx, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. jsumnertx

    jsumnertx LI Guru Member

    WRT54G, WAP54G as repeater, 2 PCs, 1 Powerbook, 2 Palm Tungsten T|X, 2 TIVO boxes.

    The TiVOs don't support WPA unless I stick a WAP54G next to each one so I'm forced to use WEP.

    I've got the system working right now with WEP, I just don't like the password scheme. I used the WRT54G password generator to take my 13 character passphrase and turn it into as 128 bit hex code.

    Oddly, the TIVOs, the WAP54G, and the Palm device will accept my 13 character passphrase. The Powerbook and the WinXP machines require that I use the 128 bit hex codes.

    Is there a way to set up the WEP password on the WRT54G so that I can use an ASCII WEP password on the Powerbook and XP machines? Would an alternate key generator, like the one at this site ( work?

    I really don't want to have to type in a 26-character gibberish hex phrase to connect a new device. It's even worse on windows because you have to type it blind and you have to do it twice. Very annoying. Sticking the key on a USB stick is equally annoying.
  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    ASCII and/or HEX key support on the client is dependent on the driver. Are you using Apple AirPort on your PowerBook? I was under the impression that AirPort supports ASCII WEP Keys anyway.

    You don't have to type blind in Windows - you can Copy & Paste (I do this often). Copy the WEP Key from the router to a text file and transfer it to the client. When prompted for the network key for the first time, simply Copy & Paste the key to the entry boxes :D (Another reason why the key isn't a "password" as so many people have referred it - Windows XP does not allow copy & paste to local system passwords) Windows should remember the key the next time.
  3. jsumnertx

    jsumnertx LI Guru Member

    ASCII Key Support

    ASCII Key support is just fine on the host. My question is: What is an ASCII key? The WRT54G only allows HEX key entry. So, if I want an ASCII key of "foodfooddoggi" (a 13-character ascii string), do I type the hex representation of that string into the WEP key area of the WRT54G?


    (66 hex is "f", 6f hex is "o", etc...)

    If so, do I use the "Key 1" area to do it?
  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Try using the calculator to convert ASCII to Hex the highest character in hex F, Chnage the view in the calculator to scientific and ente a ASCII character sting and switch to hex to get the hexadecimal equivalent.
  5. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Re: ASCII Key Support

    This might not work as the router is expecting a HEX key from the client.

    Try a different approach - get the AirPort to accept HEX key. I read elsewhere this can be achieved by adding a $ prefix to the key.
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