I am trying to upload version 2.5 on my PSP. I went to network connection and did the first step. Next it came up with the screen asking my SSID and enscriptioon. I chose scan and it came up with:
wireless — WEP — 80%
belkin54g — none — 10%
Whenever I chose the wireless WEP one, it would ask me for my WEP key. Whats is a WEP key? How do I find out what my WEP key is?
When I chose the belkin54g connection (which would only come up in certain spots)it always had a weak connection and when I chose it it would still not connect. Whenever I would try to connect, the messages “A connection error has occurred. The access point was not detected” OR “A connection error has occurred.(80410D07)
Then when it said address settings I chose “Easy”. Does that have to do anything with it. All I want to do is upgrade my PSP system. Can you please help me?
While it would be nice if wireless networks were a breeze to work with, completely transparent and magically simple, the fact is that there’s still a lot of complexity, a variety of semi-compatible protocols and the entire puzzle of security and privacy.
That’s what you’re seeing with your problems here.
With your wireless network, your Sony PSP won’t connect because you need a special password that was set by the wireless network administrator. That’s what the WEP is: Wireled Equivalency Privacy. It’s one of a set of different password and security protocols (all incompatible with each other, unfortunately) that let you work with a wireless network without exposing all of your network traffic to anyone within range.
A WEP password typically either looks like a word or phrase, if you’re lucky, or a sequence of letters and digits similar to c1164fd533, not exactly something you’re going to be able to guess. Indeed, if the “wireless” network is your own, hopefully you know the password and can enter it when you configure that access point on the PSP itself. If you don’t know the password then that network is inaccessible to you.
In terms of the beikn54g network, I believe you’re exactly right when you guess that the signal is just too weak for the PSP to work with it, even though the PSP device “sees” the network when you do a scan. Can you move closer to that base station so you have at least a 50% strength signal indicator? That might be all you need to do for this to work, actually.
Also, if you’re just trying to upgrade your PSP, please do note that you can accomplish that with a regular computer and a USB connection between your PSP and your computer. I explain the process here: Sony PSP Firmware Update Instructions.
Finally, for those of you who run or utilize wireless networks, there are a lot of important security and privacy issues you need to know about, as my colleague Chris Buechler and I explain in great detail — along with tons of how-to information about remaining secure on open networks — in our new book Connect Safely Wireless Security and Privacy Guide for Windows.