Dapper -- Any way to configure WEP encryption using a passphrase rather than key?

Daniel Robitaille robitaille at gmail.com
Fri Mar 17 02:25:32 UTC 2006

On 3/15/06, Tim T. <tim.timmerman at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 3/15/06, Miles Lane <miles.lane at gmail.com > wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > With Fedora Core running NetworkManager, I get prompted for a passphrase
> > for a new WEP connection.  I have a Linksys AP.  When I set up the access
> > point, I entered "sometext" as my passphrase and this caused a hex key
> > to be generated.
> >
> <snip>
>  I believe this mode of operation is called WPA.. If I'm right, you might
> want to look at wpa-supplicant
>   (not too sure about the spelling ;-)
>    TImT.

WPA is different from WEP.  For WPA you need wpa-supplicant.  For WPE,
you can use network-manager directly.  But like the original poster,
the only I have ever been able to use it is if I use the HEX key when
prompted.  Using the paraphrase never worked for me.


"Several serious weaknesses were identified by cryptanalysts, and WEP
was superseded by Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) in 2003"

Daniel Robitaille

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