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Topic # 85408 18-Jun-2011 11:21
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I am trying to connect my partners phone to our home WLAN but I'm having problems.

My phone is a Motorola Defy and it was a easy as pie as all I had to do was push the button on the Cisco Linksys router and that was that.

Her phone, being older, requires the WEP Key to be entered our WEP Key contains both letters and numbers. When I hit the enter button it tells me there are invalid characters in the key.

Any idea? 

Didn't anybody tell you I was a hacker?

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  Reply # 482488 18-Jun-2011 11:26
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You should move away from WEP for a start, it's not much use at all from a security perspective these days.

Are you entering the correct field? Ie passphrase or the key itself?

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  Reply # 489771 5-Jul-2011 19:10
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I'm not sure about that model of Nokia - are you sure it's a 580 and not a 5800, but when I setup my N8 to connect to one access point with WEP, there were some options under the WEP key settings:

WEP encryption: (128 bits in my case)
WEP key format (Hex in my case)
WEP key (enter the WEP key)

Make sure you have the Hex/ASCII setting correct (and the same as the Wireless access point itself) as this seems to be quite a common mistake.

If the phone is a 5800, then that one would appear to support WPA:


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  Reply # 489815 5-Jul-2011 20:44
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thanks will give it a go

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  Reply # 489857 5-Jul-2011 23:11
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Your router may be secured with WAP instead of WEP, which is different. WAP is much better so I suspect you are using that already.

Qualified in business, certified in fibre, stuck in copper, have to keep going  ^_^

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