Hi I’m having a problem with my Sony PSP and connecting it to the internet see I can get through everything but the WEP code. Is there a common WEP key? Are they all different? How would I be able to get mine? I searched everywhere but I still can’t find it! HELP ME PLEASE!
This is an amazingly common question I get from readers of Ask Dave Taylor and I can only assume that it’s related to my being so well ranked for the phrase Sony PSP Help on the search engines.
Here’s the scoop: just like a housekey is keyed, literally designed to only open one lock, so is a wireless network security password intended to just open up one door, one access point to the Internet. If you don’t have my house key, you can’t unlock my front door, and similarly, if you don’t have my WEP key, you cannot use my wireless network access point.
Let me say that a different way too: if you are trying to use someone’s wireless Internet (or “wifi”) access point and don’t have their password key, whether they’re using WEP or WPA security, you will not be able to connect successfully and go online.
The only way around this is to figure out whose access point it is and ask them for their password, if they’ll give it to you. If they won’t, or if it’s that mean guy from across the hall or down the street, you’re out of luck and will need to set up your own access point if you want to get your Sony PSP online in your home.
Here’s a good article to read: Set up a wireless access point for your Sony PSP.
Again, I can’t say this strongly enough: WEP and WPA are passwords intended specifically to keep unregistered, unknown users out of the network. You cannot trick them, guess the password or circumvent the security and utilize their access point, whether you’re using a pokey little Nintendo DS unit, a Sony PSP, or even a high-powered Mac or PC laptop.
With that in mind, I can now answer your questions: there is not a common WEP key because that’d be like having a keyed doorlock on your front door, but having it use the same key code as every other door on the street. It’d be useless.
If you have your own wireless base station, check my earlier referenced article too, as I talk about how you can typically find your WEP or WPA password and enter it into your wifi device (PSP, etc).
Hope that helps clear things up a bit.
Once you are online, don’t forget to check out the many articles I have discussing various aspects of Sony PSP Internet Connectivity too!