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ORiNOCO USB Client can't connect to wireless connection because it won't accept a Hexadecimal WEP Key

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I have a Windows ME computer that is using the Lucent Orinoco USB Client Gold wireless adapter.
Client Part Number:       014948/A
Client Serial Number:       01UT30361290

The Client Manager is unable to connect to a new wireless network that uses a 128-bit WEP key. I am able to connect to a different network that uses a 64-bit key.

The problem seems to be when I edit the Configuration Profile, the Security is set to "Use Alphanumeric Characters" instead of "Use Hexadecimal". I can change this setting to "Use Hexadecimal" but when I look in the settings again, it has changed back to "Use Alphanumeric Characters".  I don't know if this is a bug or what, but it just WON'T stay on "Hexadecimal", so I'm not sure what to do.

I have taken some screen shots so you can see what I mean.  They are in my Picasa Web Album here:
http://picasaweb.google.com/tasita/ORiNOCO?authkey=isCxILIIppE

I have attempted to uninstall the USB client, and reinstall it, including the drivers, the Client Manager.  I downloaded a new ISO for the driver and client manager from the Proxim site.  But, same thing.

There are a bunch of other computers, all running Windows XP, that connect to this network fine.  And, as I mentioned earlier, the Windows ME client can connect to a network with a 64-bit WEP key.
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Have you tried the Windows WZCSVC?
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No, I've never heard of it.  What do I do with it?
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It is the Built in Windows Wireless Configuration Service.

It is the portion of Windows that you configure the WIFI card through....

Control Panel>Wireless Setup Wizard, or right click the WIFI card in Network Connections>Wireless Networks>New....

As long as oyou have the latest driver, you can do up to WPA2. Cant do CKIP though
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Not in Windows ME, is it?

Anyway, it doesn't matter because I had also contacted ORiNOCO tech support who kindly told me that the Client Manager that is running on this Windows ME machine does not support over 64-bit WEP.  There aren't any newer version s of the Client Manager that will work, so looks like I'm out of luck on this issue.

So, thanks for your time Johnb, but I'll be closing this question.
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Ah... Missed that part in the posting.... My mistake...

Glad you at least got the correct answer...
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NO WAY!!!

Just kidding, no objections....

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