WEP and other security keys are meant to be secret, as they prevent unauthorised users from accessing wireless networks. They are “the first line of defence,” according to Becky Waring of PC World. If you need to recover a WEP key to connect a new device to your network, you can find it on an Android device already connected to your Wi-Fi signal.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Open an internet browser on your Android device. Type your router’s IP address into the address bar. This is often “192.168.0.1.” However, it may also be “192.168.1.1.” or “192.168.2.1.” or another number. Press "Enter." Your wireless network summary statement will appear, or equivalent information in a slightly different form.
Click the “Setup” or "Security" tab. Enter your username and password details. While WEP or WPA keys protect networks, your username and password details protect access to the keys. The keys are not accessible to unauthorised users.
Click the “WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy)” radio button in the “Security Options” section. In the “WEP Security Encryption" section, enter your WEP Key passphrase. Click the “Generate” button. Four 26-character keys will be generated. The first of these will be your WEP key.
Tips and warnings
- Contact your Internet service provider if you don't know your router's IP address or your network log in credentials.
- The precise method for locating your WEP key will depend on the router you're using. If you encounter any problems, take a look at your router's user guide.
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