Connecting MAC Powerbook to Netgear Wireless Router

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I'm trying to access my Netgear WPN824v3 with a Powerbook.  I can connect with my HP laptop with no problems.  When I try to connect with the Mac it sees the router but then it wants the WEP password.  The trouble is that WEP is not enabled on the router.  I simply have an access control list.  The Airport card's address is entered into the Netgear's list.
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Open routers are a problem (even WEP is a problem, but better than nothing). I can think of two avenues:

1. Set up WEP on your Netgear and adapt the profile in your HP laptop to access it. This should work and then your MAC will connect.

2. Look at the wireless profile properties in your MAC setup and set it for no security. I do not use MAC, so number 2 here is a guess on my part. I recommend number 1 above.

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If the Mac is asking for a WEP password when you do not have WEP enabled on your Netgear, that would seem to suggest your Mac is trying to connect to a different router altogether, maybe a neighbour's. Do you have your own unique SSID, or have you are you using the default?

MAC address filtering is really not very secure, nor is WEP. You would be better off turning off the MAC filtering and use WPA.

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Solution 1 was exactly what I needed to do. Thanks!
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You are most welcome and I was pleased to assist. Thanks. ... Thinkpads_User

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