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How to enter short WEP keys in Access Connections -- as XP natively supports -- AC bug?

2008-02-22, 14:28 PM
Running Access Connections 4.42 on WinXP SP2 with all the latest drivers, bios, etc.

In XP (and on a Mac), you can enter a 128-bit WEP key that isn't the full 13 characters.  Doing so works fine when the network owner has set a short (let's say 8 or 9 character) key.

But with Access Connections, it won't let you enter these short keys, and padding the keys out to the full 13 digits seems to fail (I tried padding with spaces, periods...).

Is there a way to defeat the Access Connections string-length enforcement, or a safe pad character that will let me get access to the networks?

If there is no work-around on this, where do I file a bug?
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Re: How to enter short WEP keys in Access Connections -- as XP natively supports -- AC bug?

2008-03-03, 19:59 PM
Not a bug.  The standard calls for either 64 or 128 bit encryption.  Which would be either a 5 or 13 character alphanumeric key.
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Re: How to enter short WEP keys in Access Connections -- as XP natively supports -- AC bug?

2008-03-22, 2:29 AM
Let me start again:  how do I make Access Connections do what Vanilla XP and Macs do -- accept shorter WEP keys?

I have to use a public network (at an intenet cafe) that uses 128 bit WEP keys but always less than 13 alpha characters.  Everybody else in the world can use this network, but because I use Access Connections I cannot.  I don't know what XP or MacOS do, but they somehow allow you to type in a shorter key and log in to the network.

No, the owner of the public network will not change their practice and use full-length keys.

How can I "fool" access connections to do what the stock OS does???
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Re: How to enter short WEP keys in Access Connections -- as XP natively supports -- AC bug?

2008-03-22, 7:53 AM


davodavo wrote:
 Everybody else in the world can use this network
 
That is HIGHLY unlikely.

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I don't work for Lenovo
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Re: How to enter short WEP keys in Access Connections -- as XP natively supports -- AC bug?

2008-03-25, 4:27 AM
Well, okay, not everyone, but the out-of-box functionaility of both Window XP and Mac OSX allows entry of shorter than standard WEP keys without even warning the user.  Apparently, a lot of wireless routers, especially the cheaper kinds usually found at independent cafes, coffee-shops, etc..., also allow setting shorter than standard WEP keys, including every router (9 of them, across 4 different brands) that I have ever owned.
 
I have repeatedly had this problem, and had to disable access connections in order to access these wireless networks.  It would be nice if access connections either 1) allowed entry of non-standard length WEP keys without validation of length, similar to Windows XP functionality or 2) warned about non-standard length WEP keys, but allowed user override.  I can't imagine that this would be very difficult to change.
 


Message Edited by bparekh on 03-24-2008 09:28 PM

Message Edited by bparekh on 03-24-2008 09:29 PM
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Re: How to enter short WEP keys in Access Connections -- as XP natively supports -- AC bug?

2008-03-29, 19:15 PM
Access Connections has an option to create a profile using Windows to configure wireless network. You still get benefits of Access Connections, but this profile will use Windows to manage the wireless connection.
 
To set your location profile to "Use Windows to Configure Wireless Network" :
- Create new profile
- under Wireless Network Configuration --> add SSID , Wireless Security type --> "Use Windows to Configure Wireless Network"
 
This will send you to Windows wireless network setup to enter SSID and WEP key.
 
 
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Re: How to enter short WEP keys in Access Connections -- as XP natively supports -- AC bug?

2008-04-01, 2:50 AM
oh cool -- I'd never known about this option.

this solves my problem...or at least, leaves the problem at XP's doorstep where it belongs!


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