Mac won't connect to my Linksys Wireless Router (WRTP54G) if WEP is enabled

I have a Dual 2GHz PowerPC G5 running Mac OS 10.3.9 with a newly installed Airport Extreme Card. I am trying to get it to connect to my Linksys Wireless Router (WRTP54G). I can only connect to the wifi if I leave it unsecured. I know I’m using the correct WEP key and my Sony laptop can sit right next to the Mac and connect will fill signal strength. Are there some settings I need to have configured to get this to work?
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walsellersConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Did you change the SSID of the box?  If you are using the default name of "Linksys", you could be connecting to the wrong access point and never know it.  Apple's selection menu will not show you separate WiFi hubs with the same SSID.  It will assume they are both part of the same distributed network.
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strungCommented:
Are you sure you are using a wep key and not a passphrase?
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bugsbeyAuthor Commented:
Yes, I'm using a WEP Key. I think it has to be something with that router model. Before I got Vonage I had a Linksys WRT54g and worked fine.
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walsellersCommented:
Did you change the SSID from the standard "Linksys" to something unique?  If not, you could be connecting to the wrong Linksys.  

To enter the hex key in the airport password box, type an 'x' or an '0x' (leading zero) before the WEP key.
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strungCommented:
actually, I think you need to put a $ sign in front of the WEP key to signify hex.
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bugsbeyAuthor Commented:
I tried $, x and x0 but still can not connect with the WEP turned on. I called Linksys and they informed me that they do not support Mac. What’s up with that?? Has anyone been able to get this to work?
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bugsbeyAuthor Commented:
Sorry, let me try that again... I wish you could edit the comments after posting.

I tried $, x and 0x but still can not connect with the WEP turned on. I called Linksys and they informed me that they do not support Mac. What’s up with that?? Has anyone been able to get this to work?
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strungConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Are you sure you are using the LinkSys WEP key and not the passphrase? It should be a 10 character hex number. Put a $ sign in front of it.
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walsellersCommented:
did you try just 'x' before the WEP key?
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bugsbeyAuthor Commented:
My SSID is not named Linksys or any other default name. I called Linksys and they told me that there products are not guaranteed to work on Mac and they do not support Macs. I used to like Linksys products until I heard that.
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bugsbeyAuthor Commented:
Yes, I tried $, x and x0 but still can not connect with the WEP turned on. I called Linksys and they informed me that they do not support Mac. What’s up with that?? Has anyone been able to get this to work?
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walsellersCommented:
Just a thought, can you check the antenna connection to be sure its really secure?  Mine looked like a good connection, but it wasn't.

Its kind of grasping at straws, but its worth a shot.
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bugsbeyAuthor Commented:
I got a free D-link after rebate. My Mac's are all able to connect fine now. Thanks for your suggestions!
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jeff_nathanCommented:
As the author already explained that they aren't using the default SSID, the suggestion for the author to check to ensure he's logging into the correct router is clearly not the correct answer.

Having had the same problem, I opted to use WPA instead of WEP and my Mac (OS X 10.5.3) is able to associate.
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mikerigelTech Support AnalystCommented:
I have a Linksys Router w/Vonage and got a new MacBook.  I also use all Linksys routers on my work network.  My MacBook would not connect when WEP was enable unless I added a $ to the beginning of the WEP key.  I am connected fine now.
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Martin CampbellCommented:
The above story solved my very similar problem. I added the $ to the beginning of the WEP key on the MacBook.and this allowed it to connect to the Zyxel router my ISP provided when their previous router died. There was no problem for 2 other laptops running Vista. I expected the same problem with an iPhone and iPod Touch as I had with the MacBook but there was no problem connecting them to the Zyxel WITHOUT adding the $ to the beginning of the WEP key.
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