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How to Find Network Key for a Wireless Router

You might be aware that the network key of your router in order to be able to connect a new computer to your home wireless network. It may be the case that for a long time you have not added a computer to your network or the network was set up so long ago that you cannot remember the network key any more. This is a very common problem faced by the wireless network user. Either you try to retrieve it by some method or if every other methods of retrieving the network key fail, try to create a new network key.

Let me give you some tips on how to get back your network key.To retrieve the forgotten network key, follow the steps given below which are applicable to Linksys router as well as to other brands:

Step 1: Go to the setup page of the router. For this use the computer which is directly wired to the router. To directly connect your computer to the router, you can use an Ethernet cable and connect it to the Ethernet port present on the back of the router. You may find the port labeled as 1,2,3,4. After you have connected your computer to the router, you can access the setup page of your router through your computer. Just open your browser on the computer and type ,the default user name and password of the router,(if you have not already change the IP address) in the address bar of the browser and either press Enter button on your keyboard or click on Go. You will be asked to enter the a username and its password. You type your password if you have configured one or simply type Admin. Setup page will be opened.

Step 2: Go to the Wireless Tab at the very top of the router Setup page. Just under the Wireless Tab you will find a Sub tab. Clicking on it will open Security Mode. If you have set your security mode is to WEP (64bit or 128 bit) four sets of keys will be available to you. To be sure as to which key you need, look for the Default Transmit (Tx) Key, If the default transmit key is set to 1, then you will have to use Network key 1 to connect to the wireless network. But if WPA (Personal/Pres-Shared Key/PSK) is your Security mode then you will have to use whatever key is present inside the WPA-shared key or Pass phrase / Personal Key box to connect to your wireless network.

Step 3: After the key is revealed on the screen, you can take a printout for future references. Now you can return to the original computer screen by closing the Linksys screen by clicking on the red present in the upper right hand corner of the computer window.
By following the steps given above you can be sure that you have the got the proper key to connect to your network.

How to Add a Computer to a Wireless Network Without the Network Key

A Router is the hub of wireless network connection and helps us to connect to fantastic Internet world without the use of annoying cables and wires. You can not only connect to internet but also go for file sharing and thus, send files through LAN, MAN or WAN.

However, suppose you are having more than a computer to add to a wireless network via router. You will then access to a wireless network via an “Ad Hoc” form of wireless network and thus, enable internet sharing too. This form of connection becomes very fruitful to connect a dozen of systems to one another at a time. Let us consider an example to understand better. A wireless network with an “Ad Hoc” attached works similarly like a cordless phone where you are having a station and mobile phone. The usage of “Ad Hoc” is just similar to have a “Walkie-Talkie” and thus allowing all to use it simultaneously and aid by providing a wireless form of connection.

Before you proceed any further keep in mind to have a proper working computer and an enabled Internet connection with networking. Moreover you need to have a wireless router along with an Ad Hoc available.


Step one

For Ad Hoc networking, you have to name one computer as your main computer station. This computer will be like a parent one with others attached to it simultaneously via Wireless connection.

Step two

On the main computer station, you will be required to install a wireless network router’s software and settings. If you do not have one installed on your computer use the manual of router and get it installed and running on your system.

Step three

From the “Start menu” access the “Control Panel” and open the by clicking the “Network and Internet Connections” icon to access to its window. The Icon will have an image of a computer along with the globe attached to it.

Step four

On the screen prompted, go to options menu by right-clicking on the “wireless connection icon”. From the drop-down menu choose the “properties” option by clicking on its tab in the menu.

Step five

On the window prompted choose your preferred network connection type by choosing it from the drop-down menu and under it choose preferred networks connection type like “wireless”, “dial-up” or “VPN”.

Step Six

Give a name to your wireless network connection and you can give a desired name to it as you long.

Step Seven

Uncheck the check box that displays the key is provided for it “automatically”. However, check on the check box that shows that this is a computer to computer {Ad hoc} form of network.

Step Eight

Create the password for your network connection and your password must be an alphanumeric one which must be 13 digits and such combination of password is the best for the security of your computer.

Step nine

In the “Network key” bar and “Confirm Network Key” bar, type the password and get it confirmed by clicking on “Ok” twice you will have the things done and resolved on your part. Thus, you changes will be saved and re-start your computer to get it done permanently.

How to find the Network Key in Vista

With Windows Vista in hand, things are quite interactive and very plausible to be complex at the same time be more secure. Network connections are proliferating at very fast pace and things associated with it require our special heed towards them. “Network security” an important aspect of network based connection especially for the “Wireless” one. Since it is more vulnerable to foreign infringement as it is wireless. The Network Security actually prevents the potential outsiders like hackers and intruders from getting in to your computers or intervening in to your personal messages or important files However, there are different approaches towards the security of your network. Almost all have network key as their base for allowing computers and any other device to access it using the network.

Now, how to find a network key in Vista? Is it possible to retain your network when you have a window based Operating system like Vista?

Yes, it is possible; all you need to do is to access the router’s homepage directly using the router’s settings.

Things you will be requiring will be a network connection via an “Ethernet cable”, a proper running computer and user-friendly router whose settings are not that complex.

Step one

Ensure that you computer is connected to the “router” via an Ethernet cable and your router is in working phase and is bug free, if any. After this, you need to click on the “Start menu” and then access the “run” tab. Where in you need to type “cmd” to get an access to command prompt of your computer.

Step two

In the command prompt dialogue box, type ‘iconic/all’ excluding quotation mark by which you will gain an access to the ‘Default gateway’ of your router. Will be the default gateway displayed and referring to this detail type it in the address bar of your web browser to gain a access to your router homepage entry page. You will require entering the username and password to log in to the homepage of your router and its settings.

Step three

In the window prompted after the above step, skim through to find the security tab of your router and click on “security configuration” option amongst the grid of options and then you will see dialogue boxes where in you can type your new network key.

Step four

Once you are done with typing the new network key, you will be required to get it saved which you can do simply by clicking on the “Apply” or “OK” tab. Close the router setting’s configuration page by saving it which is a must. Enter the new network for allowing an access of the computers and other devices attached with your router, so that they can also gain access to it after the network has been changed.

How to find your Security Wireless Network Key

When construct our houses we give prime importance to security. Whenever we buy a new computer we long for securing it first. Why do we do so? It’s just that we don’t want any unwanted intrusion. Same way, Wireless Network security is of extreme importance because it’s most vulnerable to intrusion. Hence, our Wireless Network has got security key. This is a unique password assigned to our wireless network which not only prevents any outside intrusion but also acts as a guard. Now the dilemma prevails, how can you find you Wireless Security Key?

For the Windows-based computers, one can find the key from the “Network Preferences” present in the “Control Panel”.

Step one

To go to “Control Panel” dialogue box, click on the “Start” menu which you can find on the extreme left corner of your PC. A dialogue box opens with “Control Panel” as an option in it.

Step two

You can find the “Network and Sharing Centre” tab inside the “Network and Internet” tab for Windows Vista or Windows 7. However an XP user can find the link to “Network Connections” in the “Network and Internet Connections” tab.

Step three

Once you click on “Network Connections” tab, a dialogue box opens which contains the different mode of connection. You have Dial-up or VPN, Ethernet Cable or Wireless connection options available.

Step four

Click on “Manage Wireless Networks” option which you can find on the sidebar of your Windows. The Network’s mini monitors blinking must be right-clicked on. From the menu dialogue box choose the “Properties” option.

Step five

On the above mentioned dialogue box you can find the “Security” tab. Click on the “Security” option and check by clicking the box next to “Show Characters” to have glance at your network key.

For the Apple Macintosh users, the key can be found in the wireless settings located in the Keychain Access of Macintosh Operating System.

Step one

At the top of your screen you find “Go” option. Click on the “Go” option and dialogue box appears. This drop-down menu has an option called “Utilities” simply click on that.

Step two

After you click on the “Utilities” tab and window opens and then you have to double-click on “Keychain Access” icon. Also, double click on your current “network” name from the list.

Step three

Enter your Mac OS administrator password by a mere check on the box next to “Show password”. Administrator password is actually that password which you require to access your Operating system.

Step four

Once you enter the administrator password click on the “Allow” tab. Moment you do so, your Network Key will be displayed in a box adjacent to the “Show password” box.

Hence finding your security key is not a tough job to do. But, one thing must be embedded in mind, you must never give your “Network key” to those you do not trust or rely on. Remember that, “Network Key” is just like a “Key” to the door of your house. If you spread it vulnerability of intrusion increases and you will actually invite danger by doing so.

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