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Step 1:
Access the router’s web-based setup page. Open a browser and type in 192.168.1.1 ( on a Linksys router) and login (default password is admin)
Step 2:
When the router’s web-based, setup page appears, click Wireless and select Wireless Security.There you should see your encryption security key or paraphrase.

If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe


Posted on Dec 13, 2008

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