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Network key I am a laptop virgin and not much smarter with desktops either. Just got used laptop for daughter. Setting up internet. What is a network key.

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Your laptop has a wireless network card internally.

This is used to connect to a wireless, usually broadband, network so you can access the internet, use email etc.

In order to connect to the wireless network you require the key/password usually, this prevents other computer users in the area of the network from connecting to your network and in effect stealing your broadband usage allowance, which is illegal, well at least it is in the UK.

You need a broadband wireless router or modem/router to use this method of connection.

If you have a standard ethernet or usb broadband modem you can still connect the laptop using an ethernet or usb cable,

hope this helps

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Hi it sounds like you are trying to connect to a wireless network with your daughter's laptop. A network key is essentially a password you need to access the wireless network. The adminstrator of the network would have set one up when they set up the network.

If this is your wireless network then you probably wrote it down somewhere. It is also possible you are trying to connect to somebody elses network by accident. If this is the case you must select the correct network (assuming you have wireless). If you are using Windows XP you should see an icon in the system tray (bottom right corner of the screen with the clock) that yo can right click on to view networks.

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    I should note that if you have a wired connection you only need to plug it into the laptop like you would with any tower computer.

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Its like a password thats needed to connect to a wireless connection, this is only needed if you have a wireless connection

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