How to Find a WEP Key for a Modem

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How to Find a WEP Key for a Modem
If you've lost your WEP key sticker you can still access your key. (wlan router 02 image by pmphoto from Fotolia.com)

WEP Keys (or Wired Equivalent Protection) are one of the best tools computer owners have to defend against those who would attempt to access information on their computer via the computer's wireless network. Without the individual WEP key, no one but the owner who has the WEP key can access the wireless network. But what do you do if you are the owner of the computer and network and you've lost your WEP key and can't get online? Never fear, finding your WEP key is not difficult or time consuming.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Browser
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Wireless Router

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place one end of your ethernet cable into the corresponding outlet on your computer. Place the other end of the ethernet cable into the corresponding outlet on your wireless router.

  2. 2

    Click on the Start button located on the bottom left of your computer screen.

  3. 3

    Select the Run function.

  4. 4

    Type "cmd" into the Run box's window. Press Enter.

  5. 5

    Type "Ipconfig" into the command screen. Your router's IP address will appear in the command screen window.

  6. 6

    Launch any Internet browser. (Examples include Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera or Google Chrome.)

  7. 7

    Type the router's IP address you located in Step 5 into the browser's window. Double check what you've typed to ensure you've transcribed the IP address accurately.

  8. 8

    Enter your user name and password when it's requested. "Admin" and "password" are the default user name and password for many systems.

  9. 9

    Select the "wireless settings" option.

  10. 10

    Locate the term: "Security Encryption (WEP) Key." Scan the screen for a radio icon. A10- to 13-character alphanumeric code, which is your WEP key, will be listed by the radio icon. Write this number down and keep it in a safe location.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not share your WEP key with others. Having access to your network may allow others to access sensitive information.

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