[driverloader] Airport Extreme & Red Hat 9

Mat Ellis mat.ellis at mac.com
Wed Jan 7 22:30:49 EST 2004


I'm sure you've tried this already, but for the benefit of others....

Non-Apple wireless clients must have the WEP key entered in hexadecimal 
when using an Apple Airport base station. Only Apple clients can take 
the key in it's string form, e.g.

On base station: 'Wireless Security' password entered as '128-bit WEP' 
password 'foobar'
On Apple client: Airport network name '<whatever>', password 'foobar'
On Windoze client: Network name '<whatever>', wep key 'ABCDEF1234' (put 
Hex equivalent)
On Linux client: Network name '<whatever>', key '0xABCDEF1234' (put Hex 
equivalent but with '0x' in front)

You can get the hex version of your password by going to the Airport 
Admin utility, selecting your base station, select button 'Show All 
Settings' and then select 'Equivalent Network Password...' from the 
menu 'Base Station'.

With this method, I've been able to successfully connect XP clients to 
my Apple base stations for nearly a year.

Apologies for slightly off-topic response but relevant for anyone 
trying to get their Linux boxes going with their Apple base stations.


On Jan 7, 2004, at 10:14 PM, Dimitris Stasinopoulos wrote:

> On Thursday 08 January 2004 01:24, Mat Ellis wrote:
>> I successfully got the Microsoft MN-730 card (based on Broadcom 54g
>> chipset) to work with my Apple Extreme base station under RedHat 9
>> (2.4.20-28.9), except when I introduced WEP. I tried all kinds of
>> combinations, and spent a lot of time with iwconfig with no luck.
> I also had problems with my Airport Extreme at home, and in fact not 
> even
> windows could connect to it (I'm using driverloader with an Intel
> Centrino notebook), while my Powerbook G4 had no problems whatsoever
> (naturally). Will try this again when I get back, thanks for the info.
> Dimitris
> -- 
> Klingon function calls do not have 'parameters' - they have 
> 'arguments' --
> and they ALWAYS WIN THEM .

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