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What is a wpa key

Trying to set up the xbox using a wierless network adaptor and have been asked to enter the wpa key for the selected network.

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Hi Robert,

the key you are referring to is like a password for the wireless network and need to be entered in order to get access. If this is your wireless network and you did not set the access key then its most likely still set to the default which is normally one of a string of numbers you will find on the bottom of your wireless router.
You can change the key if you like (to make it easier to remember) by going into the router settings, clicking on the wireless settings portion and changing or even deactivating (not recommended) the need for a password.
Getting to the sett tings menu of a router is different for each brand so any walkthroughs i give you to get to that point would most likely be wrong. That said here's an example for what i do with my personal router:

1- I type 192.168.0.1 in my internet explorer browser but yours will probably be different. check your manual or search for your manual online. they are always easy to find.
2- the router settings pops up
3- i click on network settings then wireless settings
4- i change the password to no less than ten numbers and letters
5- i save the changes then exit the settings
6- i go to my xbox and enter the password i just input
7- i frag everyone i see in Halo including the master chief. :)


I hope this helped, please dont forget to rate me.

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What is the brand and model of your wireless router?

We need to know the settings (SSID, wireless security, security key/code) on the wireless router to match the settings on your xbox wireless adapter.

On your XBOX, go to System, then Network Settings, then select "Edit Settings".

Select the wireless network name or SSID of your wireless router. For the network mode, select Infrastructure. Select the security type if WPA or WEP and enter the Passphrase or WEP key.

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Blinking green means initializing, steady green means it's found a wireless access point and connected.

Steady red means it's looking for a wireless network (wireless access point) which means you have to configure your SOHO router with an SSID that's broadcast so the wireless xbox NIC can find it.

I think you may have confused a comment I made - the xbox can be connected to your SOHO router by either a WIRE (ethernet cable) OR Wireless NIC (network interface card). If you're using one, disconnect the other!

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Sounds like the NIC isn't the problem but the attaching to the wireless access point (WAP) is. Try www.xbox.com and search for some support regarding your situation. They have a good how to that details the installation / configuration step by step and it sounds like its one of those steps you're missing, unless I've misunderstood.

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We need to get the wireless settings on the Belkin router and match those settings to your xbox adapter.

Use a computer to access the setup page of the belkin router. In a web browser's address bar type: 192.168.2.1.

It will prompt you to enter your router password. By default, just leave the password blank.

Once you are on the setup page, go to the wireless tab. Take note of the SSID, Broadcast SSID should be enabled.

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1. Please open any web browser like Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.
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