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Topic # 81686 16-Apr-2011 12:15
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Hi Guys, 

I am about to take the prize for most obvious answer to a question asked today.

Here goes:

I am trying to get my new phone, a Motorola Defy (which I have been impressed with over the last 6 hours I have been playing with it) to log onto my home network so I can use the web without using my 3G connection etc. I am using a Linksys wag160n wireless router, this is currently connecting my laptop to the internet in an excellent fashion allowing me to type this. 

The phone can 'see' the network as it shows the name, says the signal strength is good and asks if I want to connect. The phone then asks for a 'wireless password'.

I typed in what I thought was the password but was told it not correct. As I set up the router a long time ago I figured the password was wrong and re-set and re-configured my router. I know this has been done correctly as it is working as I type this. 

When I try to connect the phone to my Wi-Fi network I still get the same message saying the network password is wrong. However, when I set up the router this time Linksys automatically set up a text page with the router password on it so right.

I know that I am missing something, probably something obvious.

Anybody got any ideas about what is simpleton is getting wrong? If any more information is needed please ask.

Kind regards,


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  Reply # 459346 16-Apr-2011 12:49
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What type of security and key type (AES/TKIP) are you using?

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  Reply # 459353 16-Apr-2011 13:05
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It currently says:

network security type: Higher Security (WPA / WPA2).

Where would I find this? 

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  Reply # 459919 18-Apr-2011 00:22
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You may need to do a quick search on google for Defy and the model of router you have.
An iphone wont work in WPA mode with some models of D-link modem and have to be turned down to WEP.

Next open the configuration webpage inside your modem and reset the security encryption type to a level that the phone is compatible

Level 0 - Open / no encryption. Compatible with everything
Level 1 - WEP pre shared key 64 bit Compatible with everything, crackable
Level 1.5 - WEP pre shared key 128 bit. Very slightly less crackable but still easy to crack. Compatible with 99.999% of AP chipset and Client chipset.
Level 2 - WPA-PSK. Usually TKIP type. Not crackable without specialised equipment. Compatible with 99% of combinations of AP chipset and Client chipset. Need a small array of computers doing alot of processing to crack.
Level 3 - WPA2-PSK. Usually TKIP type. Not crackable without specialised equipment and small scientific supercomputer. Compatible with 95% of AP chipset and Client chipset.

So the higher the level = better security, but less compatibility with different chipsets - especially with older than 3 years + devices.

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  Reply # 459938 18-Apr-2011 08:29
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My thoughts...
Check to make sure your router is not set to MAC address filter. Otherwise, only devices that have their MAC address entered into the router will be able to connect. Then remove the password temporally. At this point anything including your phone should be able to connect. Once you have a successful connection, you can then either password or MAC filter the router (or both) to prevent unauthorised connections.


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  Reply # 459952 18-Apr-2011 08:52
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Also check if you have the SSID set as hidden on your Linksys router. If it is hidden, try changing this setting and see if that fixes your problem. Use MAC filtering and a strong passkey instead of hiding the SSID.

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  Reply # 459976 18-Apr-2011 09:59
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Thanks everybody for your helpful advice.

I finally found a way to do it by lowering the security settings. At a slightly lower setting all I had to do was press a button on the router and that was it.

Special thanks to RayTaylor.

Problem now solved.

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