Hubby was asked by son to “help” configure his and his mate’s Nintendo DS Lites to hook up to our home WiFi network. After much research (including one site which stated incorrectly that our router was incompatible) we finally found the answer that worked on a router support forum. The key, we think, was that our network passkey had to be in ASCII not Hex. We chose the opportunity to strengthen our network passkey. We also protect our network by MAC address filtering.
Of course then we had to reconfigure every other connected device in the house. I thought that I would document the list and the issues.
- 2 laptops running Windows XP- one using a Dell wireless utility- no problems so far a reboot didn’t fix (these are our work supplied machines).
- 1 XP laptop (our son’s) using a Belkin PMCIA slot wireless card. The utility wanted a hex passkey so we entered a hex translation. We restarted the card by physically removing and reseating it, then it accepted the hex version of the passkey and connected.
- Tablet running Kubuntu Jaunty. A lot of problems. Turns out there is a documented bug where it won’t accept an ASCII passkey. Installing WICD worked here.
- iPhone- no problem
- Nokia E71- no problem
- Nintendo Wii- no problem
- 2 x Nintendo DS Lite- they started it
Occasional visitors (B-I-L and daughter) yet to be re added and tested:
- a laptop running Vista
- a laptop running Ubuntu 9.04
I know we could have more, e.g. if we had other internet connected gaming consoles, but I think this is a lot of WiFi networked devices for one small household. And this list doesn’t include the two desktop PCs that use cable for their networking (one is our media server running MythTV on Ubuntu 7.10).
How does your household compare?