xwepgen
xwepgen
0.8

4.3

xwepgen free download for Mac

xwepgen

0.8
21 July 2005

Lets OSX users use WEP passwords from non-Apple software/hardware.

Overview

xwepgen lets Mac OS X users use WEP passphrases from nearly all non-Apple 802.11b software and hardware to connect to encrypted wireless networks.

Devices connecting via encrypted 802.11b network use a WEP key to encrypt the data they send. An actual WEP key looks like: 57EAB0FF for a 40-bit (64-bit) link, and similar, though longer, for a 104-bit (128-bit) link.

However, some 802.11b hardware and software (Apple products, many Linksys, Lucent, D-Link, and other products) have the user input a passphrase instead of an actual WEP key. These products then use some algorithm to convert the passphrase to a WEP key.

The problem Mac users face is that Apples passphrase-to-key algorithm differs from the one used by most other products. Using xwepgen, Apple users can input a Linksys/DLink/Lucent/etc. passphrase, and get the WEP key to use in airport password dialogues.

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Anonymous
21 July 2005

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Gee, I got around this on both my Linksys and Microsoft routers by following info on Apple.com's support forums to add a "$" (no quotes) before the WEP key. Seems to work every time for me...
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Anonymous
23 July 2005
The commenters below are missing the point. Would you rather enter in 64 Hex characters or your own passphrase in the dialog? Also, since Panther, you don't have to use the $ prefix, just select "WEP 40/128-bit HEX" in the "Wireless Security" dropdown. This little tool will allow you to get your long hex string by generating it from the passphrase you are using with a non-apple WAP. For what it is intended for, it works perfectly and saves me from having to type long hex keys to connect to a variety of wireless networks. Thanks to the creator for this time-saving tool.
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Anonymous
21 July 2005
Gee, I got around this on both my Linksys and Microsoft routers by following info on Apple.com's support forums to add a "$" (no quotes) before the WEP key. Seems to work every time for me...
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Anonymous
21 July 2005
agreed.
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Anonymous
21 July 2005
I was having trouble accessing a D-Link router, and I came across a page that mentioned the need for Mac OS X users to add a $ as your mentioned. The Mac OS X interfaces appear to assume an ASCII passkey, but if the router is configured using a hex passkey, then that is where the incompatibility arrives. It seems that Apple could easily resolve this issue by adding an ASCII/hex radio box when entering a passkey. Prefixing the passkey with a $ is not very intuitive.
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Version 0.8
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4.3

App requirements: 
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
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