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How To Recover WEP Key in any Windows® version

WEP stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy. As the name speaks it is a security feature in wireless networks to make it as secure as wired networks. Sneaking into wired networks is very difficult because you have to make a direct cable connection with the router to do that, but in wireless networks if proper security measures are not taken then anyone can connect to your wireless router if he or she is within the range of your router. This is the reason why security keys like WAP and WEP are so important and there has been lot of advancement in them since the day they were introduced. WEP works as an authentication media for any computer to connect to the wireless network and if you do not have the WEP key, you cannot connect to the wireless router. This key is stored in the router while configuring the wireless network and is known only by the router admin and other authentic users of the network. But what if you land up in a situation where you forget this key and are not able to connect to your router. If this happens in your office then it is pretty simple because you can ask for the key from your IT department, but if you are at your home where you yourself are the administrator of your wireless network then it will cause problems.

In this post I will deal with the same situation and will let you know how to tackle it and get your WEP key back.

To fix this issue, you would need some extra hardware along with your computer, and that would be an Ethernet cable, long enough to connect your computer and the wireless router together. Please note that WEP works only for the wireless signals and if you connect you computer directly through a cable, then WEP will not at all come into the picture and you can easily connect to the Internet. Let us go into the detailed steps now.

Step 1: Connect your computer with the router using an Ethernet cable.

Step 2: Open Command Prompt. This can be done by opening ‘RUN’ box and executing the ‘CMD’, command depending upon your Windows version.

Step 3: In Command Prompt type and execute the ‘IPCONFIG’ command. This will give you the default gateway of your computer. This default gateway is actually the IP address of your router. Note it down please.

Step 4: Open any web browser and type the default gateway’s IP address in the address bar of the browser. This will take you to the console of the router.

Step 5: Go to the WLAN section in the console and then in to the security settings page.

Step 6: Over here you can easily view the WEP key and can take a note of it.

Now you can close the router console and try connecting your computer wirelessly. Enter the WEP key which you just noted down to connect to the network and that would be all.

How to Build Your Own Wireless Network Connection Manager

Wireless adaptors are being used more than the native Ethernet adaptors because of the increasing popularity of wireless networks, portable devices like laptops, netbooks, wireless printers, smart phones etc. Computers being sold these days already have a wireless card installed in them, which is used to be an optional device a few years back. Along with the wireless adaptors comes a disk to install the driver and software for the device. Every wireless card manufacturer has its own way to control the device and has many features in it. Sometimes the interface of these wireless connection managers is very hard for the users to understand and tweak, and sometimes the options and the settings in the connection manager become a hurdle in the smooth operation over the network as they might conflict with other network software.

Generally, people continue using the connection manager provided by the manufacturer, thinking that there could not be an easy way out. In this post I will tell how to let the very simple connection manager provided by Windows take control of the wireless device and manage it. Every version of the Windows operating system which has the capability to control wireless adaptors has got an inbuilt connection manager which works with any card type. You just need to enable the same and the standard features of this connection manager make the tasks very easy and simple.

Let us see how to make your own wireless connection manager in the Windows operating system.

Step 1: Click on the Start button and then click on Run. In the Run box type ‘CMD’ and press ‘Enter’. If Run is not available in the Start menu then just click on the ‘Start’ button and type ‘CMD’. This will list Command Prompt in the results which then you need to click upon.

Step 2: Type the following command in the command prompt without quotes. “netsh wlan show settings”.

Step 3: If your Windows wireless connection manager is not enabled, you will get the following line in the result of the command executed in Step 2 “Auto Configuration logic is disabled on interface Wireless Network Connection”.

Step 4: Type and execute the following command “set autoconfig enabled=yes interface =”Wireless network connection””.

Step 5: Exit the command prompt

Step 6: Click on the Start button and open the Control Panel.

Step 7: In Control Panel open Network and Sharing Center.

Step 8: In Network and Sharing window you will find an option on the left “Manage Wireless Networks” – click on it.

Step 9: Here in this window you will get options to scan for networks and connect to them. Do the same and then double click on the icon of the wireless connection and make other necessary settings in the configure window.

These were some easy steps to let Windows Wireless Connection Manager take control of the installed wireless card. This automatically disables the manufacturer’s connection manager. Windows Wireless Connection Manager has a standard interface and it can be easily configured to save the security keys, SSID, and auto-connect settings of any wireless network available.

How to Setup Home Wireless Network

Now days, where ever you go, you are surrounded by wireless routers. From shopping malls to offices, every place is equipped with routers, so that you get the maximum connectivity. You may connect to that Wireless Network or not is different deal but you are in its reach almost all the times. Wireless Networks were initially used only by big telecom companies. All this has happened because of low cost and low end Wireless Routers which were not in reach of the common man earlier. Now you can get one Wireless router for yourself in just few dollars and can setup your personal Wireless Network. Setting up a Wireless Network solves many purposes. It helps you to come out of the web of jumbled Ethernet cables and be a Wi-Fi. It helps you in connecting all your home computers and share data and resources between them. It helps you in sharing the other costly resources like the Internet Connection, Printers, and Scanners among all the computers you have. In this post I will let you know the intricacies of setting up a Wireless Network in the simplest and easiest manner.

Get the Hardware:

All you need is a Wireless Router and Wireless Cards for your computers and if you only have Laptops then you don’t even need the Wireless Cards as all the Laptops come equipped with them.

Install:

Decide of a place in your house which is somewhat at the centre and make it the place for installing the Wireless Router. This will help your Wireless devices to communicate properly with the router without any signal loss or interference. Router installation just requires a power source to power the router and a LAN cable to setup the Network for the first time.

Setup:

  • Connect the Router with any of your Laptop using a LAN cable. Open the command prompt and type IPCONFIG. Press Enter and note down the Default Gateway’s IP address.
  • Open your internet browser and type the Default Gateway’s IP address in the address bar and press Enter. This will take you to the Login Page of the Router where you need to enter the default Username and the Password provided by the manufacturer.
  • After entering the Router Console, go into the Wireless Section of it.
  • First of all give your network a name (SSID). This will help the computers to identify your network while attempting to connect.
  • Go into the Wireless Security section now and secure your network by assigning a Passkey to it. This helps in not allowing the unauthorized computers to connect to your network otherwise anybody who comes in your routers vicinity would easily be able to use your internet connection without your knowledge.
  • Once done close the Routers console and disconnect the LAN cable.
  • Open your Wireless Manager and scan for Available Networks.
  • Your Wireless Networks Name (SSID) will also be listed in it, so just select it and click on connect.
  • When asked enter the Passkey to authenticate your computer over the network.
  • Save this network in your trusted networks list so that you are not prompted for the password again.
  • Repeat steps 7 to 10 on all the Laptops and Computers you have in your house.
  • And that would be all. Now you can move with your Laptop in your house or in your lawn without losing the connectivity. Now you have a Wireless Network of your own.

How to Set up a Wireless Network

Nowadays setting up a wireless network within home/small organizations have become the preference of almost all the people. The reason behind this likings is wireless network allow them flexibility to work on their laptops in their comfortable place/position within the range of the wireless network. It also cut cost any less messy as compared to wired networks. But only likings is not enough, coz apart from flexibility issue it can be dangerous from the security point of view. If one does not setup a wireless network properly then it can be misused. So it’s really very essential for the user to understand certain facts before going to implement wireless network within its home or organization. Understand properly the concepts of wireless networking and benefits of using wireless network, its flexibility and how it can help you to cut-cost with increase in production. Evaluate your business activities as well as network usage to identify the maximum possible areas that can get benefited from wireless connectivity and then plan for integrating wireless connectivity into your wired infrastructure if your evaluation shows that you will be benefitted.

This article will teach you how to setup a wireless network but before going ahead one must be familiar with the simple basic concepts of networking like-wireless router, setting up a wireless router etc, if not you need not have to worry, this article you sort out your problem. And coming to the security point of view if not set properly it might be hazardous. So proper security measures (like-setting up the firewall, updated internet security should be installed and security measures) should be taken before implementing a wireless network.

There may be various scenarios for a wireless home/organization networks (like-you already have a modem and wireless router or you might not have). Router converts the signals coming across your Internet connection into a wireless broadcast. In this tutorial we will assume that you have a broadband connection which will include a cable/DSL modem but not a router, and that your desktop PC is directly plugged into your modem. To be on safer side, it’s a good practice to keep your desktop PC wired in your network configuration. It will work as a backup to the network. There may be situations sometimes where you lose your security settings and you can’t enter the network. In this situation the wired desktop PC will sort out your problem. So in this tutorial we will also assume that your desktop PC will have the wired connection on the network and you want to set up a notebook/another desktop PC etc for wireless access. For this wireless setup you will need to buy a wireless router, a wireless PCI card for your desktop PC, and a wireless PCMCIA card (also known as a PC Card) for your notebook if it’s an old one. The latest notebooks come equipped with it.

Steps to setup a secure wireless network in your home:

Step1:

Choose your equipment from among various products available in the market according to your needs. While choosing the router you will notice that you have the options to choose from among the three different wireless networking technologies 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g, of which we recommend you to choose 802.11g as it gives outstanding performance and is compatible with almost all the devices. Now let’s assume that you have all your equipments and you are ready to proceed for the next step.

Step 2:

Locate your cable/DSL modem and unplug it. Then connect your wireless router to your modem. [Note: Your modem should be directly connected to the internet.] Now as you are done with it, your PC will get connected to your router wirelessly. The router will communicate through your modem to the internet.

Step 3:

To complete setting up the network process, Login to your PC and temporarily connect your PC to one of the open network ports with the network cable (that came with your wireless router) on your wireless router. [Note: Confirm that the port on which you connect should not be labeled either Internet, WAN, or WLAN.] When set, open Internet Explorer type in the address from among the list 192.168.1.1/192.168.2.1/192.168.0.1 (varies from manufacturer to manufacturer) or as given in the manual of your router. On doing so, you will be prompted with username and password. The user name will admin and the password will be admin/password/or can be blank (i.e.: no password, after you enter username just hit login button) or as given at the manual of your router.

Now the Internet Explorer will open the router’s configuration page. Most of the default settings will remain the same excluding a few which you will have to configure. Don’t get surprised, this tutorial will help you out to configure your router. Firstly you have to give name to your network which you will see on the router page as SSID name. SSID stands Service Set Identifier. It helps to identify your network. Choose something unique which will not be similar to the one your neighbors are using. Next step is to secure your wireless network so that no third-party can use it. In order to do so, go to Wireless encryption (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). It will help you out to protect your network. Almost all the routers will give you two options to provide security keys. One option is they will generate a key for you and the other is you can set a key of your own. Be sure to keep your key unique and long. Last step is to change the Administrative password which in other words will control your wireless network. At times when you change your network’s settings you will need this password. Don’t keep your password as a simple word. It should be unique, long and combination of words and numbers.

[Note: The steps to configure these settings will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer as well as the type of router you have.]

Be sure off to “Save” the settings you have made and then to “Apply/Ok” to save your settings, else it will not get saved. Next what you have to do is to disconnect the network cable from your computer and then plug in and turn on your cable/DSL modem. It will take little instant to connect to the internet, give time. On successful connection to the modem as well as internet, the Internet/WAN/WLAN light on the wireless router will light up.

Step 4:

If you PC has in-built network card, then all you have to do is turn on the wireless button and then click on your network from among the list and then hit connect. You will be prompted with network security password. Don’t get surprised, it’s the same security key you have given on the third step for WEP/WPA. Enter that security key and Ok. Now what use it? As everything has been set you are good to go now.

If your PC does not have in-built wireless network support, insert the network adapter into an empty PC card slot (in case of Laptop) or plug your network adapter into the USB port of your PC and place the antenna on top of your monitor or where ever you want to keep (in case of desktop). Turn on your PC and windows will automatically detect the new adapters and will install it or at times prompt you to insert the CD that comes with the adapter. In the installation process, all you need to do is to follow the on-screen instruction, and the configuration will be done.

How to Block Hackers on Your Wireless Home Network

The term ‘Wireless security’ is something that is has to be taken seriously. Many of the users, whether in home or office, pay little attention to securing their wireless networks which is why it is often an easy job for the hackers to take advantage of such situations. For many users, terms like LAN, Network, Security, Wireless etc appear complicated and they prefer to carry on with their web based activities rather than paying attention to such aspects.

However, it is strongly recommended to pay more attention to wireless security. It is because hackers are a major threat and they can not only steal personal information but can also cause tremendous damage to the system.

Instructions to block hackers on your Wireless Home Network

By following certain steps, securing the home wireless network can be made very simple.

Step 1: For directing your DSL Internet line to one or more computers in your home, a router and home network setup is usually used. For the purpose, each computer will require a network adapter with a plug that accepts the network cable. If a wireless network is in place, each computer would need a wireless network adapter with an antenna rather than a cable plug. You need to follow the equipment instructions for installation and then use the Windows home office network setup wizard.

Step 2: If you have a WEP router, discard it because it can be easily hacked into, no matter how strong the password is. The router must not be used in any case unless it is provided with the latest WPA security type.

Step 3: A WPA router and network adapter needs to be purchased as the new WPA technology is the perfect choice to ensure the highest level of security for the wireless network. Two of the best router brands that can be purchased are the LinkSys and D-Link.

Step 4: Once the installation procedure for the WPA router and network adapter is completed and the Windows home office network setup wizard is performed, you need to configure the router using the instructions provided in the router manual. It involves selecting the WPA security type and setting up a security key or password.

Step 5: Choose a password that is difficult for the hackers to find out by going for a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. It is suggested not to use only letters or only numbers in the string.

Your wireless home network can be made extremely secure by just keeping two things in mind – by going for a WPA router and choosing the strongest alpha-numeric password. If these things are ensured, other forms of security like MAC filtering, disabling the SSID etc are simply not required.

Despite the hackers being kept away by following the above steps, your computer can still be infected through virus, Trojans and other malware that can damage your disk drives. It is therefore essential to purchase a good Antivirus/firewall software to protect the computer while you are accessing the Internet.

How to take precautions in wireless networks

Many companies are going for wireless networks to not only save costs by avoiding wired equipment, but also to provide more convenience to their employees. These days the employees are also being given wireless mobile PCs which are portable enough to be carried wherever they go, making them productive anytime and anywhere.

About WiFi

To start working wirelessly, there are certain things you need to know that would also be very helpful to you. First of all, you need to understand the basics of a wireless connection. WiFi or a wireless technology is a way to connect your computer to the network without the need of network cables, but by using radio frequency. This Technology requires you to be within the wireless network range for being able to connect your computer. Going further, you should be able to distinguish between the three types of wireless networks.

WLAN or Wireless Local Area Network: These are wireless networks the range of which can be anywhere from one single room to an entire campus, and use radio waves.

WPAN or Wireless Personal Area Network: Having a range of not more than 40 feet, these are short range networks that use Bluetooth technology, and are usually used for interconnecting compatible devices near a central location like a desk.

WWAN or Wireless Wide Area Networks: With the help of WWANS that are created through mobile phone signals, you can stay connected even when you are away from other forms of network access.

Getting started

In order to go wireless, the most basic thing you need to have is a wireless PC card, which either needs to be inserted in the PC card slot and requires an antenna, or is usually built-in. Apart from this, a wireless mouse and keyboard is also essential, in case you are not working in office, which provide more freedom and flexibility.

Also, whenever you are travelling, it is always good to research the available hotspots in the particular area.

For connecting to a wireless network, you can right click on the network link on the bottom right corner of the screen on the taskbar, which resembles a server. From the list of options, click on the one that says ‘Connect to a network’, that will show you a list of available networks in the vicinity. An alternative procedure could be by clicking on the ‘start’ button and clicking on ‘Connect to’.

A wireless network is flexible, saves a lot of your time and also enables collaboration through file sharing among your peers. However, despite the many advantages that it offers, a wireless network is often prone to hackers and forgers who can steal important stuff from your computer. It is especially true in cases of public hotspots which leave their network security turned off for making them easily accessible to users.

It is your responsibility to keep it safe by password protecting it at every level. Create passwords for not only the network but also for your PC, so that only you can access the home screen.

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