MacBook Wireless access to Cisco 1100 APs

Posted on 2006-10-27
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Last Modified: 2013-12-27
Have a wireless network using cisco 1100 APs.  It has been in place for two years.

new MacBook laptops will not connect to 1100 Access Points.  Truned off WEP, still no help.  SSID is detected by MacBooks.  
MacBooks can connect to Linksys AP  just fine.  Linksys and 1100's are B only.

Question by:theeter
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Have you tried setting your Airport card to force the B setting instead of automatic?

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I have had no problems getting MacBooks to connect to an Aironet 1100 AP using WEP as the security method. The authentication string has to be formatted properly to be accepted by the 1100, however:


With the angle-brackets, back-slash and forward-slash just as presented above.

It should be possible to tell the Airport driver to use LEAP for the access protocol, but this has not worked correctly since OS X v. 10.4 as far as I can fathom. Automatic sign-on is something else you can not expect at the moment -- at least, I have to initiate every wireless connection manually. It appears to me that passwords are not stored, or not stored correctly. My APs are not public, so you may have different results.


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We found that the problem went away if we bounced the Access point, and then re-entered the WEP Key in the Macs.

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Interesting that you would have to go through a restart. I was imagining that if you were on Cisco equipment there was an authentication server somewhere, telling the AP whom to let in.

You should let us know if the Macs continue to have problems.


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