I recently changed my home wireless router’s encryption from WEP to WPA Personal. Most of my computers and wireless-enabled devices could connect without a problem except for an old set-top media player. The player did support WPA Personal, but it just wouldn’t connect. When I looked at the router’s status, I could see the player trying to connect. However, it only connected for a few seconds before suddenly disconnecting.
After I entered the passphrase several times, I then realized the media player only took a WPA key. There was no way to input a passphrase to the player. Some routers do generate the key for you, but mine does not support it. I needed a way to convert the passphrase to key.
After I entered the converted key into my media player, it connected to the wireless network and worked right away. This is very useful if you have wireless-enabled devices that only take a WPA key but not a passphrase.