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How do I find out my wep key

\015 My hard drive died and I do not know my wep key. All of my passwords were on the dead hard drive.One other computer in the house is on the wireless network with the wep key but mine is not. How do I get the wep key for my computer? Do I have to do something special since I have a new hard drive. My computer can pick up other connections but my wireless connection called "animator" I cannot access.\015\012Thanks for helping.\015

Answers :

Looks like you will have to login to the router from the other computer to find the key.
Usually, the address to the router admin screens is one of the following:
192.168.0.1 Linksys
192.168.1.1 NetGear
192.168.10.100 Motorola
Generally 192.168.1.1 will work for most.
Default Login:
Login = admin
Password = password (default - if this doesn't work, then you will need to find it or initialize the router)
Go to the WEP security Screen
NetGear EXAMPLE:
Security Encryption (WEP)
Authentication Type *Automatic*
Encryption Strength *64bit* (64 bit is sufficient - the network overhead is less than 128 bit)
Security Encryption (WEP) Key (The active key below is marked with *)
Passphrase *Blank*
Key 1 abcdabcdab (64 bit examples = 10 hex digits 128 bit will be longer string)
Key 2 dcbadcbadc
Key 3 123456789a
Key 4 *Blank*
Click logout when finished

LinkSys Example:

Wireless Network Menu
Wireless Network Mode Mixed
Wireless Network Name (SSID) MyWireless
Wireless Channel 7 - 2.442 GHZ
Wireless SSID Broadcast Enable
Wireless Security
Security Mode WEP
Default Transmit Key 1 (This is the active key)
WEP Encryption 64 bits (or 128 bits)
Passphrase
Key 1 abcdabcdab
Key 2 dcbadcbadc
Key 3 123456789a
Key 4
There is no logout for the LinkSys. Just disconnect

Here's an easier method that doesn't entail having to log in to your router. Provided you've got another Windows computer that's\015\012already connected to your wireless network, this free program will\015\012allow to to retrieve and view the network's WEP key:
\015\012
\015\012\015\012http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html
\015\012
\015\012I hope this helps.
\015\012
\015\012JohnB
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