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Where can i find my network security key

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a b 8 Security
August 5, 2011 10:15:11 AM

im trying to connect to my wi fi and its asking me the network security key, where can i find it?
August 5, 2011 10:34:24 AM

I found mine under my modem.
August 5, 2011 10:52:56 AM

Easiest way is to ask who ever set up the wireless network what it is.

If you have another device connected to the network then you can get it from there.

Last of all if neither the first two do not apply, check your router settings.
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a b 8 Security
August 5, 2011 11:02:56 AM

Connect your router to the computer with the cable that came with the router then go Start then Run in XP - Windows key plus R in Vista and Windows 7 - then type in the following, including all the spaces:-

cmd /k ipconfig /all

then press Enter and from the black form that shows up, take a note of the numeric code beside the Default Gateway icon - something like

Type exit to close the black form.

Open Internet Explorer and enter that code into the URL address bar as though it was a website. You're then at the login page to the router's settings utility and admin will usually be the login with either admin or password as the password.

If you're in, seek out Wireless and then Security and take a note of the key. Sometimes it may be a passphrase, some a simple set of letters and others a hexadecimal code. You also may as well note which level of security it is - WEP, WPA or WPA/PSK 2 and then either AES or TKIP. Your computer will already know this but it's handy information to store. Note also that hexadecimal only contains numbers from zero to 9 and letters a to f so there's no confusion of I and O with 1 and 0.

Keep a note of that security key in My Documents and also outside the computer.

If you need more help when this thread has been inexplicably closed down, feel free to PM me.

a b 8 Security
August 6, 2011 6:17:38 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Windows 7 to section Wireless Networking by Area51reopened