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Accessing encrypted wireless network

Encryption problem:

I recently set up a wireless network to connect a new Sony Vaio lap top to the internet via a cable modem. The router I bought is a D-link rangebooster N 650 router.

When I set this up it was encrypted with a password. Every time I have used this link via the sony I have not had to type in the password, it has been done automatically.

I installed a D-Link USB wireless adapter (model not DWL- G122) on my old PC to enable that computer to communicate with the internet via the D-link router.

I followed the installation instructions on the CD and book supplied. It appears to have installed correctly.

I then went to connect to my router and selected my wireless network by name. I then followed the windows XP instructions for configuring to my wireless network.

When I typed in what I thought was the password into the space saying "network key"  a diologue box popped up that told me the network key was only 5 characters long and I had typed 8.

Is the "Network key" the password that I used for the router?
If it is I have forgotten my password.

Is there a way of finding out what the forgotten encryption password is, or does it have to be reset? My concern is that if the router has to be reset, I might risk losing the internet connection via the Sony Vaio and will have no internet.

Any ideas?

Thanks.

Mike Ludd

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Hi Mike,

The password is only used in conjunction with the username when accessing the router via its web interface at 192.168.0.1. At default, the username is "admin" and the password is 

none/blank. Initially, to acces some ISPs, the DLink would also ask for a password but once set will never ask again except when a reset is done.

On the old PC with the D-Link DWL -G122:
1. there is no need for a network key since you are not using one (as you posted) and therefore should be set to Open/Disabled/Not used;
2. When you installed the software from the CD that came with  the D-Link USB wireless adapter on the old PC, other than the usual driver, it is highly possible that another software was installed. This is the DLink Configuration Utility which should be used to configure/connect the G122 rather than the built-in Windows WiFi Configuration. You can verify if this was installed under your Start/All Programs/D-Link Air USB/D-Link Air Utility. If present, use this to initially configure the G122.

hope this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need further information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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