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Network Authentication Wierdness

by fotogra / May 11, 2010 3:32 AM PDT

I have 2 wireless networks- 5 macs and many guests. Most guests are running Tiger & some Leopard.
One network - never any problems getting on for anybody and any computer.
But this other network (different router) about 20% of the guests and NOW my Sawtooth running 10.4.11 CANNOT be authenticated by the network. I have no idea why it happened - whereas in the past there was no problem. Bear in mind the WPA password and router are all correct. Signal is fine. I have it set to mix with B and G networks.
I've trashed prefs, caches etc. What do I need to do to authenticate this one problem network? Why for some it's ok and others not? Same distance- just different computers. What is interfering with the authentication? I am a power user so I'll understand all instructions.
Thanks so much. It is making me crazy.

I have a feeling that if I update my Sawtooth to Leopard- I will be able to use this network.

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Have you considered
by Jimmy Greystone / May 11, 2010 11:33 AM PDT

Have you considered that the fault lies with the only thing these systems have in common? Maybe the router is faulty, or there's a bug in the firmware revision it's running.

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Network authentication wierdness
by fotogra / May 11, 2010 1:41 PM PDT
In reply to: Have you considered

1- the router is a new Linksys (320N)- Their B,G+N model with variable Ghz.
It is set to 2.4 gHz.
The firmware is up to it's default.
But why some G4's running on Tiger get in and some not. More get in than not. Very strange. And why on that one network. I also have an airport express set up with my printer to print wirelessly and all the computers can log on to that with a WPA and print fine.
How can I basically zero out that one network. I could just change the network name and password and try that.

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Why have two networks?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 11, 2010 10:00 PM PDT

why not just have the one and use the AE as an extender


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Network authentication weirdness
by fotogra / May 12, 2010 3:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Why have two networks?

Very Good Question: The problematic network (and router) is in my office in a separate building, about 75ft from the modem in the residence, which is hard linked by a 5e wire. So clients usually come to the office where we confer. It's a big problem when they can't connect and we have to march into the house, to use the HOME network.

But I would like to solve the problem of this network. I may have to change the name and go to a wep password to eliminate this. But still- why would some computers (about 20%) refuse to accept the password. curious. It must have something to do with a conflict within the framework of the OS system.
Any good ideas accepted.

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