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Mac Thread, WiFi Does Not Stick In Leopard in Technical; Grrrr For some reason I cannot get my mac to remember the WEP key and network name. I can't even ...
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    Unhappy WiFi Does Not Stick In Leopard

    Grrrr For some reason I cannot get my mac to remember the WEP key and network name.

    I can't even add the network when they machine starts. I have to run the diagnostics and add it as a closed network. I tell the mac to remember it in the keychain and I also add it as a preferred network but no joy.

    I changed the login keychain entry to allow all applications access but there is also a network entry in the system keychain. When I access this I have to authenticate (fair enough) but when I set it to allow all applications access I get prompted for a system password. I haven't set one so can't change it.

    Am I correct to be exploring the system keychain issue or do you think something else is preventing it from sticking?



    Thanks

    Darren

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    Is there A chance you are in a low signal area? Sometimes if the signal is to low the eter password field pops up.

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    Thanks for the response.

    I don't think so. The router is just upstairs. The laptops (Vista and XP) pick it up ok as does the iMac when I bring that downstairs (Tiger).

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    It is a Belkin router.

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    Try making it an open network, no WEP or ACLs, and then join the machine. reboot your machine a few times, reboot the router a few times.

    Then apply the ACLs ... reboot both a few times again ...

    Apply the encryption ... and reboot again.

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    Finally had time to look at this again.

    Thanks for the advice but the iPhone didn't like it either so the solution was to upgrade the router software and change to WPA.

    Darren

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    I've run in to the exact same problem in Leopard as well, so it ultimately might not be an OS specific (10.4 vs 10.5) issue but the manner in which Mac OS X handles its wireless management.

    It's not a silver bullet solution, but we found the number of times we saw the problem reduced when we turned off "Remember any network this computer has joined" and we stayed away from "Automatic" in the Network locations. Note that when you create a new Location, it copies all networks listed in to your new Location and it might be necessary to remove the un-needed wireless profiles.

    Good luck

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