A wireless router helps in connection to the Internet without the help of a cable connection. It not only performs the functions of a router but also those of a wireless access point.
The network security code of a wireless router is a long series of numbers and letters. It is required to be present on any computer in an attempt to access the wireless network. This in turn helps to keep away unauthorized computers from trying to steal your bandwidth as it is very unlikely that these computers would be able to identify the code.
To find the network security code, one must access the router settings and the wireless port which connect the computers.
Instructions to Find the Network Security Code:
The following steps are included in the process, which are listed below.
Step 1: It involves going through the user manual for the particular router model, which usually comes along when it is bought. It contains the Internet Protocol or the IP Address. Open the Internet Explorer or any other web browser on your system and then click on the address bar window at the top. Enter the IP Address there and press Enter to access the security settings.
Step 2: On the Login page, enter the default Username and Password. It should be there in the instruction manual. If the manual is lost or isn’t available, you can contact the manufacturer or go to the manufacturer’s website. In common knowledge, however, both the default Username and Password can be entered as ‘admin’.
Step 3: In the ‘Options’ menu that appears in the Internet browser, go to the ‘wireless security’ option. Listed under the ‘WEP’ settings option, you can find the network security code. This code must be written down and kept in a place which is secure. A recommended option is to change this security code regularly to ensure extreme difficulty for other people to access the network.
There are some other tips which can be considered in addition to the above instructions. Using the ‘Generate’ key button in the WEP settings option is the most secure and easiest method of changing the WEP password. The WEP settings can be found on the wireless security page in the router’s options. Also, the router’s settings must be changed to 128-bit encryption for a safer Home Network. This is so because a longer than 64-bit encryption will be harder to determine and hack into. You can access this option also on the WEP settings page. People often confuse themselves between similar looking characters like ‘1’ (the numeral), ‘I’ (capital ‘i’) and ‘l’ (‘L’ in lowercase). This should be kept in mind while setting up and copying passwords to use on the other computers within the network. Understanding and taking care of the differences would save time and avoid frustration.
Keeping the tips and instructions in mind while determining the network security code not only keeps the network efficiently secure and safe, but also enhances one’s experience and knowledge in using a shared internet connection.