How to find out a wireless password

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How to find out a wireless password
Find a wireless router's network security key via Windows' Control Panel. (wlan router 04 image by PM Photo from

Wireless passwords are necessary to gain access to Wi-Fi networks that have been password protected to keep out unauthorised users. If your wireless network has a password assigned to it -- as should be the case if you want privacy on your wireless network and don't want outsiders stealing your bandwidth -- you have to do a bit of digging to find out what the password is. Only administrator-level users can access the network security key.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    From the Windows desktop, click "Start" and then "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Choose to view by category in the upper right if it's not already selected.

  3. 3

    Click the "Network and Internet" link.

  4. 4

    Click the "Network and Sharing Center" link.

  5. 5

    Click "Manage Wireless Networks" in the sidebar at the left side of the window.

  6. 6

    Right-click the network you want to find the password for and then choose "Properties" from the menu that appears.

  7. 7

    Click the "Security" tab.

  8. 8

    Place a check mark in the "Show Characters" check box. By default, the Network Security Key field will show dots instead of characters; putting a check in this check box reveals the characters for your network security key.

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