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Old 22-03-2008, 5:31 PM
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I'm trying to get my ps3 connected but don't know what my WPA KEY is, where will I find it, I had a look in the wirless connection settings on my pc but couldn't see anything under WPA.
When going through the steps it has another option of WEP KEY but not sure what this is either,
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Old 22-03-2008, 5:35 PM
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Down to you when you set up your wireless network. If there's a default key it'll be written in your user guide or on your router but usually it's one you've set yourself, same goes for which type of wireless encryption, WPA (preferable) or WEP (not advised).

You could try http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html
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Old 22-03-2008, 5:40 PM
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So is the WEP KEY actually the wireless network password? or is it something else?
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So is the WEP KEY actually the wireless network password? or is it something else?
Yes, although that's not to be confused with the (wireless) router password which is what's used to access the router's settings..
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Old 22-03-2008, 5:55 PM
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I have a wireless network name which I thinks is the SSID and a wireless network password, I have typed in the password and it says A CONNECTION TO THE ACCESS POINT COULD NOT BE ESTABLISHED CHECK THE SECURITY SETTINGS FOR THE WIRELESS LAN
By the way my password is 18 characters long but when I press select after typing it in it reverts back to 8 characters ********
Does this mean my WPA KEY should also be 8 characters?

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Make sure you've definitely selected the correct encryption type. The other thing to look at is the router settings to see whether it's restricting which devices can connect (i.e. only specific MAC numbers are allowed to connect, if this is the case you need to add the MAC of the PS3 which should be given as an option in the router settings or added manually from the MAC usually written on the device/PS3 somewhere).
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Old 22-03-2008, 6:14 PM
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Not sure how to check the router settings as it's not actually connected to my pc as i'm wireless. I just went into network connections and disconnected my wireless and then connected again to see what happened, it asked for my WPA KEY to connect, it was already typed in but didn't actually show the characters.
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Old 22-03-2008, 6:26 PM
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You can still access your router sesttings even through a wireless connection. Just put the router's address in your browser. Something like 192.168.0.1 but may be different depending on your router's make and model.
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Does this mean my WPA KEY should also be 8 characters?
No it could be upto 63 but still shows as 8 *'s, use the nirsoft utility or login to the router to check it. which router.

netgear 192.168.0.1

linksys 192.168.1.1

belkin 192.168.2.1
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In security I have 2 encryption types to choose from, TKIP and AES. It is currently set at TKIP, under that is the network security key but again that just reads as 8 dots.
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look in the PS3 book under wireless connection and follow from there...I have netgear it took me less than 5 minutes to set the wireless connection...just follow the instrustions in the book then type in what you need
netgear SSID is netgear...
wep key/wpa key
will be in the settings of your router online under wireless settings...

if you do a scan on the PS3 it should pick up your router...the ssid is sometime's on the back or bottom of your router...

but you'll still need to go to your router home page and get the wpa'wep key which is rather a long code...

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In security I have 2 encryption types to choose from, TKIP and AES. It is currently set at TKIP, under that is the network security key but again that just reads as 8 dots.
Leave it at TKIP - that's fine. Delete the dots and put in something simple like "saturday". Use the same password on the ps3.

If it works go back and change the password to something more secure like "SaturdayWasTheDayIGotMyps3ConnectedTo192*168*0*1F ANTASTIC!!!"

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Hi guys,

I have a problem connecting my ps3 to the internet wirelessly. I previously used a belkin router and it connected instantly with no problems, however have changed ISPs to AOL and now have a Netgear router.

Rang AOL, they said to click 'use proxy server' and then said i needed to contact sony for the address. Is this true? Can anyone help me please?
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I used the nirsoft utility to check and got 2 results, each with a different key type, WEP and WPA-PSK. Under Key(hex) is a 10 digit key for WEP and a 64 digit key for WPA-PSK.
Is one better to use than the other or shall I just try any?
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Leave it at TKIP - that's fine. Delete the dots and put in something simple like "saturday". Use the same password on the ps3.

If it works go back and change the password to something more secure like "SaturdayWasTheDayIGotMyps3ConnectedTo192*168*0*1F ANTASTIC!!!"

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Tried that brian, didn't work now my pc isn't connecting and as I don't know my key I can't sort it.
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Mike,

login to the router, and there you will find the key
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The PS3 wpa key needs to be 13 characters exactly, change the router as well to 13 random letter/numbers

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How do I change the key on the router?, I did try that once as brian suggested above, I typed in SATURDAY as the network key and then repeated this for the ps3, it didn't work so I went back to my pc and found I had lost the connection on that. The WPA-PSK key I got from the nirsoft utility is 64 characters, I did try that on the ps3 but still no success.
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How do I change the key on the router?, I did try that once as brian suggested above, I typed in SATURDAY as the network key and then repeated this for the ps3, it didn't work so I went back to my pc and found I had lost the connection on that. The WPA-PSK key I got from the nirsoft utility is 64 characters, I did try that on the ps3 but still no success.
How exactly are trying to contact the router from the PC? Something like http://192.168.0.1 with your browser?

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The PS3 wpa key needs to be 13 characters exactly, change the router as well to 13 random letter/numbers
My WPA KEY is 64 characters, how do I change it to 13 characters, I thought I had changed it once to SATURDAY as suggested by brian but not only did it not work on the ps3 but I couldn't even get back online on my pc until I retyped the 64 character key.
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