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I have been trying to get my WAP to talk with a WEP and cannot get the notebook to understand things.

It's one of the new Toshibas with the built in Celeron wireless system, and the wireless access point is a Linksys WAP11.
XP home, service pack 2 etc, etc ...

They see each other OK, and I get a clear connection if I leave the WEP security disabled.
When I try to set that up I get nowhere. It's probably something simple and stupid too.

With a WEP passwoed enabled, the signal is still excellent, but the notebook will not communicate with the access point at all.
I have not called Linksys, as they run 9-5 business hours (Pacific) and Toshiba wasn't helpful, although the techs stayed with me until I gave up.

The wireless wizard in XP Home is too smart for it's own good, and remembers the incorrect pass phrase I typed in rather than the one I replaced it with. I can't get rid of the old one.

All I need is a step by step guide on how to set up the PC. I've found nothing in the manual that helps, just discriptions that gloss over the details.

Does anyone know of an online source that will walk me through this?


WEP has to be configured on both sides, must have the same connection name on both sides and identical keys entered. If they don't they won't talk.

Keep in mind that they key length must be the same too. Some versions of WEP go up to 2K key lengths while other software stops at 128 or 256 bytes.

Yeah, I know they need the same key, but the notebook still won't talk to base even when I use the same key.

It seems to be a totally different setup arrqngement from the XP in the Sony notebook I had.
All I can suggest is to IM me and I'll help work with you to get it going correctly in a more direct manner.

Thanx, but not tonight
PC World magazine had a couple of good articles over the past six months on wireless networking. In fact I think I printed one out (March issue I think) for when we were at AC and working with their wireless net. I'd check that site and see if it helps any.

As a consolation know that I've had my own issues with this before as well. Mostly I ended up doing a cut and paste of the keys from a text file. That's allowed me to get three access points and a range extender talking to each other at this point.