Forum Question: How Do I Enter Into an I-Pad the WEP Key Of a Wireless Network?

We have a wireless network that is identified by a WEP key rather than a password. To be connected to it, a device’s Mac address must be registered and then the device (in this case an I-Pad) must connect using my wi-fi’s WEP key. We have guests arriving who will want to use our wi-fi with their I-Pad. I know how to locate their Mac address on their I-Pad and register it on our router registry, but how do we then enter our WEP key into their I-Pad to complete the connection? Do we just enter the WEP key into the password window? Or will the I-Pad recognize that it must ask for a WEP key instead when it locates the network? Or must we perform a special operation to enter the WEP key instead of a password?

Comments: 5 Responses to “How Do I Enter Into an I-Pad the WEP Key Of a Wireless Network?”

    9/5/12 @ 11:32 am

    Do it the same way you would for a WPA password — it is the same process. The WEP key is the same basic idea as a password and you’ll be prompted for it at the same time. Not sure if the dialog asks the same question, but it is pretty much the same process.

      9/5/12 @ 11:50 am

      Thank you so much! You’ve relieved my concern that we would be stumped by the process when our Austrian friends arrive.

        9/5/12 @ 11:56 am

        Wait to thank me until you try it :)
        WEP can be pretty frustrating to deal with.
        And it isn’t as secure as WPA2. That’s why most people have moved on from it.

    John M. Hammer
    9/5/12 @ 12:52 pm

    You might consider purchasing a used AirPort Base Station to replace your current router if it can’t be set to use WPA2. Good ones can be found on eBay for under $50 and with no moving parts the chance you’ll get a lemon is pretty small.

    9/5/12 @ 1:01 pm

    Thanks again. It isn’t the cost that keeps us from moving to a different router – It’s the anxiety about starting over and resetting everything. We should look into it, definitely; we’ll probably learn that it’s a simple switch.

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