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Windows 7: Wireless using WEP requires Username/Password- WHY?


17 Aug 2009   #1

windows 7 beta
 
 
Wireless using WEP requires Username/Password- WHY?

Hi all,

Long time XP user and I just starting using Windows 7 beta. I really like it so far. Except there's a few things I can't figure out.

I'm trying to connect to my own Wifi Network and it has WEP encryption (I know I should use WPA but for now, let's say i'm stuck with WEP), Windows 7 keeps prompting me for a user name, password after I already entire my WEP key. WHY??? XP never asked me for that. I tried the admin password for my router, didn't work. What is with this new "User name, password" requirement?

Please help. It's really fustrating. The only way around it is to manually add network. There must be something I'm doing something wrong. Thanks in advance for your help.


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17 Aug 2009   #2

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsharky View Post
Hi all,

Long time XP user and I just starting using Windows 7 beta. I really like it so far. Except there's a few things I can't figure out.

I'm trying to connect to my own Wifi Network and it has WEP encryption (I know I should use WPA but for now, let's say i'm stuck with WEP), Windows 7 keeps prompting me for a user name, password after I already entire my WEP key. WHY??? XP never asked me for that. I tried the admin password for my router, didn't work. What is with this new "User name, password" requirement?

Please help. It's really fustrating. The only way around it is to manually add network. There must be something I'm doing something wrong. Thanks in advance for your help.
dsharky; Welcome to Windows Seven Forums! Nice to meet you! And yes, I have known a few days of that kind of frustration also.

My first guess would be you have "Password Protected Sharing" turned on. Look at this screenshot of the "Advanced Sharing Settings" and compare with yours?




Post back if this doesn't solve your password issue?

Robert
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17 Aug 2009   #3

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

That won't work.

if the router has a set WEP key, you won't be able to connect.

The network password my colleague is referring to is for shares.
Has little to do with connecting to wireless.

If you wait for a few minutes I will show you where you can change the protocol to WEP.

Need to make some screenshots.

Edit: Lol, i see this thread was 7 hrs ago, but I will make the screenies anyway, just in case someone else checks in with the same problem
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17 Aug 2009   #4

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

The easiest way IMO is to reset the router to its default settings, then go from their.... its like starting with a clean install of your OS...
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17 Aug 2009   #5

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
The easiest way IMO is to reset the router to its default settings, then go from their.... its like starting with a clean install of your OS...
Agreed. Setting it to WPA or WPA2 is best way to go, but maybe his router doesn't support it.

There is no WEP in Windows 7.

Or it must be the shared or 802.1x options?

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17 Aug 2009   #6

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squonksc View Post
Agreed. Setting it to WPA or WPA2 is best way to go, but maybe his router doesn't support it.

There is no WEP in Windows 7.

Or it must be the shared or 802.1x options?
Thank you squonksc, you have raised a good point!

I dug a little deeper into WPA and learned that WPA and WPA2 require a RADIUS server to implement, something a home network is not likely to have. That leaves WPA-PSK, or the improved WPA-PSK2 as a solution for a home wireless network. The PSK stands for "Pre Shared Key" and is sometimes referred to as WPA-Personal.

If the OP's router does not support WPA-PSK, he will need to inquire about a firmware update, or a replacement wireless router supporting the WPA-PSK standard. As WPA will soon become the required standard of all manufacturers, most current wireless cards no longer support WEP, it is not a Windows 7 issue, it is a current driver issue ie: not supporting the outdated WEP.

Robert
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19 Aug 2009   #7

windows 7 beta
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squonksc View Post
Agreed. Setting it to WPA or WPA2 is best way to go, but maybe his router doesn't support it.

There is no WEP in Windows 7.

Or it must be the shared or 802.1x options?

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Hey all ! thanks for the replies. I'm not 100% sure if my router has WPA support, but it's just odd that Windows 7 doesn't support WEP. it's still pretty widely encryption still being used by a lot of legacy WIFI home networks.

someone mentioned "If you wait for a few minutes I will show you where you can change the protocol to WEP."

do you mean a change to Windows 7? Thanks for the help all! Hope I can get to the bottom of this.
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19 Aug 2009   #8

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsharky View Post
Hey all ! thanks for the replies. I'm not 100% sure if my router has WPA support, but it's just odd that Windows 7 doesn't support WEP. it's still pretty widely encryption still being used by a lot of legacy WIFI home networks.

someone mentioned "If you wait for a few minutes I will show you where you can change the protocol to WEP."

do you mean a change to Windows 7? Thanks for the help all! Hope I can get to the bottom of this.
I was the one that mentioned I'll show you, but I wrote a subsequent post that WEP is't there any more.

It could be on of the other two non-wpa options. (see my screenshot).

Greetz
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13 Sep 2009   #9

windows 7 beta
 
 
still not working...

hi all,

Sorry to bring this up again. it's been a while and i've been traveling too much. Anyways. I'm still having the same problem where trying to connect automatically to a WEP wireless prompts of oddly for a username/password even after i enter the WEP key.

see screen shot
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13 Sep 2009   #10

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Have you tried to manually setup your connection yet?

You go into the network sharring center
>Set-up an new....
>New Wireless connection
(im on my desktop so here is were memory kicks in)
>Manully connect to a network
>type in your SSID
>Someplace it should ask encryption type
>tell it whicher type your are using

Once again sorry about being vague its kinda hard when i cant walk through it, My laptop isnt accessible ATM
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