My neighbour has gone on holiday but after talking to him via email and mentioning that my ADSL is dead he kindly offered me access to his wireless network which he left running.
Unfortunately his setup is apple and he only knows the password, not the hex key that Apple hashes this to. Sure Apple has a solution for this which is to log into the base station (which you have to be connected to, ie either by wire or be on a mac, or already know the key which you are trying to find out) and the base station will display the network equivalent key on request.
I always thought that showing a key/password on screen was a bad idea — so does anyone know of an application into which you can enter the password and it will hash it to the key in the same way that apple does? Or does anyone know of the algorithm used so I can code it myself?
Please no discussion on the benefits of moving to WPA — I agree with them all completely, unfortunatly some of the older apple hardware (which my neighbour has) will only work with WEP."