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Can't connect to wireless Apple Network with my PC

Posted on 2007-10-19
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Hello Networking geniuses!  
I have oldish Toshiba laptop running windows XP with a Linksys Wireless G adapter.  I also have a desktop running windows XP with a Wireless-G PCI Adapter.  I'm hoping to share the internet with my neighbor.  He told me he uses the Apple Network.  Both my laptop and desktop picks up his signal, with a very high signal.  I can't connect though - error: Limited or No Connectivity.  He has confirmed that I have the right passkey.  I'm assuming it has something to do with the Mac/PC conflict.  I have connected fully before he changed to the Apple Network.

I don't know if this is info you would need, but under the Wireless Network Connection Properties here are the connections the laptop uses:
-Client for Microsoft Networks
-QoS Packet Scheduler
-TCP/IP

Clues?  
Thanks!
Christa

ps. let me know if I've posted in the wrong place!
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you need to enter the wireless passkey in hexadecimal

hang on while I look for a url
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hmm a better on :)
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106424
and look for Third-party client to AirPort
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Thanks IanTh, I'll try it when I get home - which will be muchhhh later tonight.  If I can't connect I probably won't be able to respond until Sat or Sun.   I looking forward to trying a different solution than all my previous failed ones!  

Christa
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no worries

That will be the solution I have no doubts at all
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Hi IanTh,
So I am connected!  I sat with my neighbor with my laptop and figured out that first off I was using 64 bit encryption and he was using 128 bit encryption.  ooopsie.  Then I kept trying the dollar sign method (putting the dollar sign before the passkey) and that didn't work.  He then clicked on something in a window where he sets his airport connections (I'm sorry I'm not exactly sure where) that popped up a little message that said something like  "if a non-airbus device wants to connect then here is the WEP hexmedecial string" and gave the full string.  I used that and it worked (of course!).

Then just to test around somemore I tried the passkey with quotes around it , which was apple's other suggestion, and that worked also.

That apple doc was a good article, thanks!!

christa
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yes you always need to use a hex passkey from windows to an apple airport
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