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iphone wi-fi through my secured Linksys router

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I just installed the Cisco-Linksys WRT54G2 Wireless-G Broadband Router and secured it with the older WPA encryption, because one of my wi-fi devices is from 1995.

The problem is with my iPhone.  I expect to walk into my apt and have great Wi-Fi, which I do, but I have to enter that huge Key AGAIN after I've been out and using the Wi-Fi at the coffee shop or elsewhere.

What do I have to do, in order to automatically connect with my Wi-Fi when home, without having to enter that long Key each time?

The iPhone lets me save a setup for either a DHCP, BootP or Static (whatever those are).  I can then enter the IP Address, Subnet mask, Router, DNS, Search Domains and (for DHCP) Client ID.  Is this what I need to do.  I suppose I could get this info from logging on to the router from the computer to which it is cable-connected.

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The iPhone will automatically remember any wireless network that it has been connected to until you tell it to 'Forget This Network'.  The router will provide the phone with all of the IP address, subnet mask etc when it connects so you don't have to worry about that.

If you've not been using the 'Forget This Network' button then I'd say you might have a problem with the phone.
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afoot is correct, it should just remember it. The only issue that I have had with this is a time that I had to reset a wireless router and for some reason it didn't' connect right until I reentered the info.  But on a daily basis, i can be at work on my work WiFi or on 3G and when I walk into the house it connects to my WPA2 secured WiFi without issues and just works.

If you have an Apple store nearby take it in there and have them look at it or call Apple Tech support; they are usually pretty good with these things.
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The only reason it would "forget" your settings would be if the SSID on your wireless network is the same as the SSID somewhere else that you're connecting to, but the other network doesn't have encryption.

So, if you haven't already, you might want to change your wireless network's SSID to something other than the default "Linksys".

Assuming your wireless network is running DHCP (which means that your various devices are automatically issued an IP address when they connect to the network), you would just set the iPhone to DHCP for that network; you shouldn't have to enter the IP address, subnet mask, or anything along those lines.
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All of your input was helpful.  I stuck with it and eventually the iPhone automatically remembered (thanks afoot).
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