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Bad Roomate I gave my roomate the wep key and now the name of my linksys is gone and the signal is open! How do you name the router and secure the signal. I don't have the software any longer!

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You can do that by accessing the setup page of the router.

You can follow these steps on how to change the name and put in a security.

Checking the Wireless Settings on the Linksys Router
Step 1:
Access the router’s web-based setup page. For instructions, click here.
NOTE: If you are using Mac to access the router's web-based setup page, click here.
Step 2:
When the router’s web-based setup page appears, click Wireless.
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NOTE: If the screen on your router’s web-based setup page looks different, click here.
Step 3:
Look for Wireless Network Name (SSID) and if it’s still set to "linksys", change it to something unique and take note if Wireless SSID Broadcast is set to Enable.
Step 4:
Click Wireless Security and take note of the current Security Mode.
3698-007.jpg If Security Mode is set to WEP:
NOTE: In this example, WEP 64-Bit is used. To know more about Wireless Security, click here.
3698-013.png If Security Mode is set to WPA:
NOTE: In this example, WPA-TKIP is used. To know more about Wireless Security, click here.
3698-015.png Step 5:


Or you can go to this link. if you can see the images.

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Not broadcasting the SSID doesn't make it invisible, it just doesn't send out the name. I guess an enterprising 12-year old could probably figure it out, but it does keep the casual user out of the network. MAC address filtering is the most severe, but it means that every user's MAC address has to be discovered and allowed in your network. Not much fun if you have friends over or test a lot of wireless equipnement.

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To implement 64-bit WEP, you need a 10 character HEX key. I pick something simple like 1011121314 or FACE123456. (hex being 0-9, A-F). In our Netgear routers, It stays visible in the router so if you forget, you can see it. I'm pretty sure that the longer the key, the more overhead is added to your transmission, but you can make your WEP key 128 bit if you think 26 characters is better than 10. If you use WPA, you can pick your key like (Wir3le55), but if you don't spell it right, or forget it, you have to reset the keys.
This visibility of a WPA key may not apply to Linksys, but it's something to check.

You can easily spend an hour or more on the Linksys link trying to understand what to do with security. When I did mine, I didn't find out until I was on vacation that I even needed it. We get activity reports of websites visited emailed to us, and the reports kept coming in! It turned out that one of our neighbors was using our internet while we were gone. I never found out which one, but we now have 4 or 5 networks to choose from LOL.

So, the quickest way back into the router is to turn on WEP, give it an SSID name, give it a 10 character HEX key, and save it, then go to your laptop, log into the Wireless with the same key and you're online.

Fast explanation to a long post.


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Hello...if you need to retrieve your network key, eg to connect a new laptop to the internet, this can be found within your router settings.

Here's a rough guide:

1. Type your router IP address, eg or whatever is correct for your model, into a web browser address bar

2. Enter your router username and/or password at the prompt. The defaults for Linksys are username: (left blank) and password: admin : but if you have set a router password/username, please enter these.

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Your network key will be somewhere here. It might be labelled PSK, pre-shared key, WPA or WEP key, WPA-PSK, network key, WPA shared key, passphrase etc – but that’s the one you need.

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Type in in a browser page. A login box will open up. You will need to put the password in . If you have not set a password, then the default is admin. Leave the user name blank.
when the Linksys setup page opens, click on wireless, then on security. you will see your WEP key there.

If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe

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