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Wep key I bought a Linksys RangePlus Wireless Network Adapter and am trying to set it up to my Dell laptop 1525. It is asking for a WEP Key or passphrase. How do I get this?

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You need to remove the wep key from the linksys configuration
to enter the configuration of the router, in Iexplorer, go to
there must be a security access confguration than refer to wep active/inactive
switch it off, it should go.

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On my computer, i know exeactly where my WEP key is located. I know it's eight characters long but it's locked on my computer. All I see are eight security dots and the 'show characters' option is blanked...

You cannot retrieve or see the security key on the computer. There are software available but you may have to search for them if its free. This key can be retrieved from the wireless transmitter known as the access point or wireless modem or wireless router. Open the router web interface on a wired connection. This interface will not open on a wireless connection. After opening, under the wireless section, click on security and there you can see your WEP or WPA or WPA2 key written.

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First, plug your computer DIRECTLY to the router via an ethernet cable.

One of the above addresses should open the configurations of your router. If you open the configuration, you will be prompted to input a password/username.

If you do not know the "default" username/password, then look at the following link to find your router.

If there has already been a password change and you do not know the password, you will have to reset your router. You can reset your router by looking at the back of it for a reset button and holding it in for about 10 or so seconds with it powered on. The reset button is usually pretty small and requires a ball point pen or something small tipped to press it. Resetting the router puts all settings back to factory default...including password.

Okay, now you should have access to the configurations of the router.

Things you want to change:
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2. Under "wireless"options, change it so that it uses encryption like WEP or WPA.
3. Disable any options for "remote management".

When you added encryption, if you were connected got booted off the router. That is why you need to connect via an ethernet cable. You will need to go back to your wireless settings in router and copy down the WEP/WPA "security key" it randomly made up. Some routers have you make the security key up yourself, so there would be no need to go look it up on the router.

Take the above security key and input it when you go to connect to your wireless connection and are prompted to input the "security key". Without the security key, you can not access the router.

Those are the basics to securing your router. There are more advanced tactics, but offer little to no protection if someone has bypassed the WEP/WPA encryption. If a person knows how to bypass the security key, then they more than likely also know how to bypass things like MAC Address filtering.

There is no real protection from a hacker, nothing is hack proof. The most you can do is make it that much harder for someone to gain access to your network or computer.

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