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Connecting a HP Laptop to my AirPort Base Station

RandyMac
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I am a MAC based home network, with a (1) HP Laptop (Wife’s) Notebook running XP Pro.
I have a  Linksys wireless router (128 bit WEP) connected in the "WAR ROOM" to the cable modem,  and have run cat5  to the other end of the house (Family Room) and have a Airport Extreme Base Station (Firmware- v 5.3) (128 bit WEP) connected to the Lan port, I am using Cox cable as my internet provider.
I can connect  "WIRELESS" my 15" PowerBook G4, all day long to either router.
HERE IS THE ?.
The HP will connect to the Linksys. ANYWHERE.
But "WILL" only connect to the Airport Base Station if I disable any and  ALL  security. I have gone into the Airport Admin utility, clicked on Password at the top, and gotten the      "Hex equivalent password (WEP key)"
entered it where it needs to be on the HP and results are  well lets just say "NOT GOOD". I would love to resolve this issue  so that  we both can use the higher speeds of the Airport and the USB printer I Plan on attaching to the Airport.
Thanks to any and all that have the interest to assist.

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When you enter the hex key on the HP, try adding a $ prefix. I had similar issues with a clients machine not long ago and they also had to turn off several of the options in the wireless connection setup window. There are a whole series of checkboxes in XP that seem to have no purpose other than to make connecting difficult. I wish i could remember which checkbox it was.

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Good idea, however it only allows a total of 26 entries, adding the $ is to many by 1.

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ok, then work on the checkboxes. It comes down to ONE checkbox that fouls things up.
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Curtis,
You sir, are true PRO! As a result of your exemplar knowledge, you are to be awarded the said points, and if I could, I would DOUBLE the reward.
So, you have gotten me to where I wanted to be, with one exception,
I had to TURN OFF my CLOSED NETWORK option, in the AIRPORT BASE STATION, which I really like- ON.

So, a follow up QUESTION will be POSTED. Worth again 500$, points whatever!

Question is-
How do I keep intact what we have done, and step it up to a "CLOSED NETWORK" again?
Thanks so much
Randy Mac
Randymac, just to pre-empt your attempt. The Airport Bases function on a mac-supported rendervouz engine for print sharing so you might find that if you hook up your HP to your Airport Base, the printer may not respond. Does it work?

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Interesting!
I have resigned to the fact that the HP will not see or work with a "CLOSED NETWORK".
I would be very happy if we could achieve at a minimum this, connecting to a closed network, forget the USB printer, I’ll get another to attach to the HP as a stand alone unit.

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