I'm helping at a friend's house. She has a Airport Extreme setup with a WEP (yes, I really do mean WEP) password. Her iMac running 10.5.8 connects to the network just fine. I'm typing this question on that iMac.

However when I try connecting to the same network with her PowerBook G4, sitting in the same room as the Airport Extreme, the PowerBook won't connect. It asks me for a password but I can't get it to accept the password. The PowerBook is running 10.4.11.

When I select the network, I get dialog that says:

The selected AirPort network requires a password to join.

    Wireless Security: WPA Personal

    Password: ______

[ ] Show password

[ ] Remember password in my keychain

(?)   (Cancel)   (OK)

(Pardon my ASCII art.) Anyway, the wireless security setting is a pulldown menu, and I want to pull down that menu and select "WEP" or "Transitional WEP", but I can't. WPA Personal is the only available option.

So, needless to say, if I enter the WEP password, it fails to connect. What do I do?

  • Question still stands, im curious to know the answer. but I switched her network to WPA/WPA2 everywhere, reconnected all devices, and she's ok. So not urgent anymore.
    – user11588
    Oct 3, 2011 at 15:19

2 Answers 2


Way back in ye olden days I had the same issue with a iBook, it was never a 100% fix but if you go to Airport -> Join Other Network it'll allow you to pick the security type and enter the SSID for the network, that should trick it into working properly.


Also go into AirPort's Advanced options, in the Networking section of System Preferences, and make sure that it doesn't 'remember' a network with the same name as the one you're trying to join: perhaps your friend changed the security but not the name, so the PB is trying to supply the wrong type of security credentials.

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