WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) is an advancement over WEP (Wired
Equivalent Privacy). While connecting to a home network, you are often
asked to insert a WPA key or a password to which users often ask, "How
Do I Find My Computer's WPA Key?"
stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access.
It is a standard security protocol implemented by Wi-Fi alliance to secure wireless computer networks.
WPA standard is advancement over
(Wired Equivalent Privacy
Wep is standard that had several security issues. WPA implements most of the
IEEE 802.11i standard and provides greater security than WEP.
connecting to your home network, you are often asked to insert a WPA
key. This WPA key is either located in the modem or in the router you
are using. In order to find your computer's WPA key, follow the steps
How to find your computer's WPA key
First of all, you need to launch an internet browser. Press "Windows + R
" keys to open the "Run
" prompt and type "iexplore
" without quotes to open Internet Explorer. You can also type "firefox
" to open Mozilla Firefox. On the address bar at the top, type http://192.168.1.1
(Belkin routers use 192.168.2.1 as the default IP) and press "Enter
This address belongs to your wireless modem or wireless router to which you are connected. Step 2:
A window asking for username and password will appear. In the username field, type "admin
" without quotes and in the password field, either type "password
" without quotes or leave the password field blank. Press "Enter
" key to continue.
If password is correct, you will be redirected to the modem/router's "Settings
page, otherwise, you will have to reset the modem/router. Check beneath
the modem/router or check the manual for correct password.
To Reset a modem/router,
locate a small hole at the back of the modem/router and insert a pin to
press the switch inside it. Keep the switch pressed for about 20-30
seconds after which the modem/router will restore the settings to "factory defaults
" and reboot itself.
Repeat the step 2, in order to gain access to "Settings
" page. Step 3:
On the modem/router's "Settings
" page, find "Wireless
" option. Click the "Wireless
" link to populate the wireless settings. Now, locate and click the "Security
" or "Advanced Security" option.
the security page, you will find "Network Authentication". Different
options available under the Network Authentication menu are open,
shared, WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, etc. Select either WPA or
WPA2, to find your computer's WPA key and insert this key when asked
If in step 2, you had reset the modem/router, you will not
find any WPA or WPA2 key, and you will have to manually assign one.
Select any of the WPA-PSK or any other authentication and assign a key
to it. A key can be 8-63 long. For minimal security, you can choose 8
characters key, like "iN\/5R92
". For maximum security, choose 63 characters key like, "sJ0esmoU2cBD\m+oMp$nrXj5XPVRTvVA5fpwGSGI\RVz4RdQ7V3y\l$P1NrT9Be
After you have assigned a key, save/apply the changes and reboot the modem/router. Note: The
procedure shown above is common to most of the modems/routers. If this
doesn't apply to you, check your modem/router's manual to find the
wireless security option.
There a great article at General Router Setup.
If you need more help post back!
Thumbs and testimonial are welcome!