My belkin router is rather old and I have lost the security key for it. I reformatted my comp last night without thinking about it and now I cannot connect to my wireless. I was wondering if there was anyway to recover the security key for it.
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You can restore the Belkin back to the default settings by - Power off the Belkin, press and hold the RESET button with a paperclip then insert the power cord. Hold the RESET button fo at least 15 secs. then release the button and the router will boot up. You can login using the defaults change the password and set up the wireless settings again.
Your wireless network must be secured You will need to check the wireless settings of the router. Is there any computer online using the router. check the IP address on that computer. If yes then you can open the router set up page on that computer. router set up page is the page where you can check all the router settings. Click Here for more information about the routers and network
U need to make your wireless network a security enabled network & don't share the wireless network key to a unreliable person.
Steps to create a security enabled wireless network:-
1> login to router setup page;bydefault ip address of belkin router is 192.168.0.1/192.168.2.1
2> Open a internet browser on a hardwired desktop/laptop connected to your router,clear the address bar completely and then type 192.168.0.1 or, 192.168.2.1<it depends on your model no of your router>
3> Go to Wireless Tab,changed the wireless network name(SSID)
4> Change the wireless network key as well;it will be good if you use WEP key if you old XP computer,otherwise use WPA-TKIP if you vista/win7 computers
5> Lastly on your computers,you have to seach wireless network name & give the wireless network key(for the very first time)
In case of any clarity feel free to contact belkin tech support
When configure security, is better to connect to network cable. Because once u setup the wireless key such as WEP or WPA, u will be log out from the wireless connection and u need the correct key to login.
Use a computer that is hard-wired (connected with an ethernet cable) to your Belkin router for this process:
1) Open Internet Explorer (or your favorite browser)
2) In the Address bar (where it says "http://www.fixya . . . " right now), delete the address that's there and type in these numbers: 192.168.2.1
3) Press the "Enter" key on your keyboard. This should open a Belkin router page. If it does NOT open a Belkin router page, follow steps 4 - 8 below. If it DOES open a Belkin router page, skip to step 9.
- - 4) Click "start" and then click "run." (On Vista, click "start")
- - 5) Type "CMD" (without the quotes) into the RUN window. (On Vista, type CMD where it says "start search.") Press the Enter key on your keyboard.
- - 6) You should now have a window open with a black background. Type "ping -r 1 www.yahoo.com" (without the quotes) and press the Enter key on your keyboard.
You will get a readout that looks something like this:
Reply from 126.96.36.199: bytes=32 time=294ms TTL=56
The number after the word "Route" is the address of your Belkin router. Write this number down.
- - 7) Close all open windows and open up Internet Explorer (or your favorite browser) again.
- - 8) Type in the address of your router.
9) On most Belkin routers, there is a section in the menu on the left that says "Wireless." Under this section is a link to "Security." Click that link, and you will see the wireless code you need to connect your laptop.
On some routers the "wireless" and "security" menus are in a different location, perhaps at the top of the page instead of on the left.
Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
The best option in this case (assuming it has normal ethernet ports) is to connect a computer up by wire and configure the router from there.
Alternatively you can reset the router to factory defaults, via a button that should be near the power input on the unit, usually holding the button down for 10 seconds will reset it to factory defaults. From there you will be able to set the unit up as per normal, and should have no encryption key on the wireless.