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network key?

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#1 hutcheon


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Posted 14 February 2010 - 03:32 PM

I have managed to install a dwl-520+ wireless card to an old aptiva e-series 550
i can see available networks in the area including my own and when i go to connect to it it asks me for a network key
im not sure how to locate it

any help

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 06:06 PM

The network key is the WEP key or WPA Passphrase you entered when you set up your wireless router or access point. If you have no idea what it is then try logging in to the device from the wired side (many wireless devices will not allow management access from the wireless side by default) and look under the wireless setup and security subheading. With luck you will see it there. If it's obscured you may be able to enter a new one. I generally make a label containing the passphrase for my clients and stick it on the bottom of the router. If you have physical access to the router you can always push the little button in the back to reset it to factory defaults, so a secret password isn't much help at that point.

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