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10 character key

How do I go inside the router to retreive the key. It sems that I have misplaced it.

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Hi perk2377,

The simple way is to download this application and use it to access your router. If you've lost the password then you'll have to hardware reset it. If you want to do it without using the application check this link.

Hope this helps.

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Posted on Jan 13, 2008

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I cannot connect to the internet on wireless on my Dell precision M50. When I enter the WEP key I get the following message - 'The network password needs to be 40bits or 104bits depending on your network...


You are trying to connect to a wireless network that has a password (referred to as protection).

Dont worry about the "bits" or the network configuration parts. - thats all overkill.

The long and short of it is that you need a password to log onto your router.

It will either be 5, 10, 13, or 26 characters in length.

If you do not have the password, you can post the version of the router (model number and brand) up here, and someone can help you reset it so that you can put the password into your computer.

First I would check to make sure the "WEP" key is the right number of characters. 5-or-10-or-13-or-26

Feb 23, 2011 | Dell Precision M50 Notebook

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I DO NOT KNOW MY SECURITY PASSPHRASE


n most cases the default wireless settings are sufficient for normal home use.

Locating the WEP or Network key:
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To change your Residential Gateway wireless settings:

  1. Open a Web browser and type http://gateway.2wire.net or http://192.168.1.254; the 2Wire Home page opens.
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    If the Home page does not open, check to make sure that you have no software firewalls blocking network access.

  2. Click the Home Networking tab at the top of the 2Wire Home page.
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  3. Click EDIT SETTINGS located on the right panel (Status at a Glance) under the Wireless Settings heading.
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  4. Change your wireless settings and use the following information if you want to change to a custom WEP key.

    64-bit hexadecimal keys are exactly 10 characters in length. (For example, 123456789A is a valid string of 10 characters for 64-bit encryption.)

    128-bit hexadecimal keys are exactly 26 characters in length. (For example, 456FBCDF123400144445271730 is a valid string of 26 characters for 128-bit encryption.)

    64-bit ASCII keys are exactly 5 characters in length. (For example, GMODE is a valid string of 5 characters for 64-bit encryption)

    128-bit ASCII keys are exactly 13 characters in length (For example, 2008SUNSSWIN1 is a valid string of 13 characters for 128-bit encryption.)

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Nov 15, 2010 | 2wire 2700HG-B Router (2700HGB)

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Not able to connect the sons Nitendo DSi to the internet. They are asking for the WEP Key but on my home hub there is only a WPA Key. BT have told me to connect to you to ask for support.


If your using WPA and your Nintendo DS only supports WEP Encryption theres no way you can connect it to the internet. WEP encryption is different from WPA.

WEP key uses hexadecimal - using characters 0-9, A-F or ASCII format. The ASCII format is easier to remember. The ASCII string is converted to HEX over the network.

Example of WEP key encryption are:

*64-bit hexadecimal keys are exactly 10 characters in length. (12345678FA is a valid string of 10 characters for 64-bit encryption.)
*128-bit hexadecimal keys are exactly 26 characters in length. (456FBCDF123400122225271730 is a valid string of 26 characters for 128-bit encryption.)
*64-bit ASCII keys are exactly 5 characters in length (DMODE is a valid string of 5 characters for 64-bit encryption.)
*128-bit ASCII keys are exactly 13 characters in length (2002HALOSWIN1 is a valid string of 13 characters for 128-bit encryption.)

WPA Key is entered as a pass phrase between 8 to 63 alphanumeric characters in the ASCII format at both ends of the wireless connection. Although PSK accepts a minimum of eight characters, for proper security, it is a good idea to use ample length and should not use a commonly known phrase. This phrase is used to generate session keys that are unique for each wireless client.

To resolved the issue you have an option to change the WirelessSettings on your router to WEP instead of WPA since WEP is also a secured netwrok. however you need to keep in mind that if you change the encryption you need to configure all othere device connected to the router via WPA and change the settings to WEP.


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Aug 02, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I downloaded Windows 7 and my wireless laptop won't connect to my 2wire. Where can I get new security key code or info get my laptop to work?


Hey pkkern,
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Your default 10 digit security is located on the bottom of your router.
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If you want to change it or for some reason your default key is no longer working we will have to get into the routers configuration homepage.
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To access this open up your Internet browser and write in this address, (which is your routers address) 192.168.1.254.
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If your routers homepage does NOT open up check to make sure you have no software firewalls
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Click the Home Networking tab at the top of the 2Wire Home page.
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Click EDIT SETTINGS located on the right panel (Status at a Glance) under the Wireless Settings heading.
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You will see a wireless network security section, use the following information to select a custom wep-key.
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Change your wireless settings and use the following information if you want to change to a custom WEP key. 64-bit hexadecimal keys are exactly 10 characters in length. (For example, 123456789A is a valid string of 10 characters for 64-bit encryption.)
128-bit hexadecimal keys are exactly 26 characters in length. (For example, 456FBCDF123400144445271730 is a valid string of 26 characters for 128-bit encryption.)
64-bit ASCII keys are exactly 5 characters in length. (For example, GMODE is a valid string of 5 characters for 64-bit encryption)
128-bit ASCII keys are exactly 13 characters in length (For example, 2008SUNSSWIN1 is a valid string of 13 characters for 128-bit encryption.)

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Jul 24, 2010 | 2wire (1000-400108-001) Router

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Security key not valid


If it's a PSK, then it's case sensitive and anywhere from 8-64 characters. If it's WEP, then it's HEX characters (not case sensitive) either 10 or 26 characters.

If you've lost the key, then you'll have to log into the router and read or reset it.

Carl

Dec 14, 2009 | Belkin Wireless G Plus MIMO (F5D9230-4)...

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Can't connect with microsoft MN-510 using WPA


This means that you have to enter the network key into your computer in order to connect to the network,
If you enter the password as hexadecimal characters, you must type exactly 10 characters (5 bytes) for a 40-bit key (valid characters are 0-9 and a-f), or exactly 26 characters (13 bytes) for a 104-bit key.
If you typed any number of characters other than 10 or 26, or any character that is not a hexadecimal digit, this is interpreted as ascii string.
In this mode, each character is a byte by itself.
So, valid length of the string in this case is either 5 or 13 characters.
If this condition is not met, the string can't be accepted as a valid password.
Please check carefully what you type. (Letter O instead if zero, or small L instead of 1 etc.)

If you don't know the key, you have to connect to the router via a cable and copy the key from there - or ask your Dad to give you the information. He will have it, because he has a working connection.

If you have any more questions or this is not clear ot you, just come back here and leave a comment - I'm happy to help.

May 29, 2009 | Microsoft Broadband Networking MN-500...

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I want to share a laptop with my secure wireless. How do i get the key code?


Contact the manufacture of your wireless router for assistance in getting the key that is configured in your router/model.

Apr 19, 2009 | Intel Ethernet 10/100 Network Adapter

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Hi ! :) i have a router from my friend, and i can't find a network key.. how can i do it, to work?


Asked your friend for the network key that he/she setup for the wireless network work. If he/she dont remember it. Try to access the configuration page of your router (192.168.0.1) and reconfigure your wireless setting in the router. By default the Username is admin and leave the Password blank.

If inside the the configuration page of the router Click Home > click on WIRELESS located on the left side and you will have the wireless setting of your network
> Change the wireless network name
> Under security choose either WEP or WPA -PSK for this type of router.
> Type in your new network key (also know as Passphrase of Key1).

For WEP use 0 to 9 Number or A to F character and it should be exactly 10 characters.
For WPA-PSK you can use alpha numeric from 0 to 9 and from A to Z. The minimun character would be 8.

> Click on apply
> Click on continue.
Try accessing your wireless network using your wireless computer.

Jan 25, 2009 | D-Link AirPlus DI-524 Wireless Router

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My wep is 10 digits. Needs to be ASCII! Help


A 64-bit WEP key is 10 HEXIDECIMAL digits (0-9 A-F). In my own system I just use 1011121314. I don't have to think. You can use something like 123456FACE or something else cute, but the end result is still 10 HEX characters.

Try logging in again using 10 ASCII characters or check the router for the WEP key again, or even add a second key just for your eee PC.

Carl

Jan 20, 2009 | Actiontec GT704WG Wireless Router...

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