I have a Sony PSP and have been trying to connect to the Internet with my wireless base station, but it keeps asking for a “WEP” and I don’t have a clue what that is or how I get it. Help!
First off, let me show you how to ascertain your WEP password, then let me tell you the bad news…
I have rather an older SMC wireless access point that comes with a software package that runs on Windows XP called “EZ Connect”. When I start the program up on a PC that’s connected to the access point, here’s what I see:
It’s not the worlds best application – more modern wireless devices have Web-based interfaces that let you access the unit with your favorite Web browser – but it’s functional. To access the WEP password, I need to actually connect to the access point, which means I need to know the AP password (which is different from the wifi password, note).
Once I’m connected, I choose Command -> Configure and here’s what I see:
Lots of mysterious settings that I am sure I don’t want to tweak, and the all-important button on the right side labeled Encryption…. That’s what we want, so I click it and now see:
In this instance you can see that the passphrase for my wireless network is “askdavetaylor!” and that’s the WEP key needed for this device. The earlier screen’s SSID field showed the network name too, by the way, “WLAN”.
Armed with these two pieces of information I should be able to connect to the wireless network with any wifi-enabled device, Mac, PC, Sony PSP, whatever. However, it’s not always that easy, so once you’ve pressed “Apply”, you’ll see that the “Manual Entry” boxes are also filled out and those offer you a hexadecimal encrypted password too. That’s useful: write the first of them down. If your device doesn’t like the passphrase, try using the encrypted key instead. It’ll be something like 1cf341a34c. Mac users might find that they need to prepend the “$” symbol to get an encrypted key to be accepted as a wireless password too. Lots of choices for you!
Now, having said that, I have to admit that I have never been able to get my own Sony PSP device to connect to a password-protected wireless network, even knowing all these different password entry options. I imagine some people have had success, but most of what I hear about is failure. If you can’t get your PSP to work with your password-protected WEP wifi network, consider either turning off encryption (not a great idea) or scanning to see if you can find a kindly neighbor who hasn’t enabled encryption on their network and borrow that connection. Many facilities including libraries and cafes offer open wireless networks too, in a pinch.
If you have had success connecting your PSP to a WEP-enabled network, please do let us know about it. Was it 64-bit or 128-bit encryption? Did you use the passphrase or the hex encrypted password?
Hope that helps you figure this out!