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Windows 7 and Network Security Key

by trp321 / March 17, 2013 5:24 AM PDT

I am attempting to add a laptop with Windows 8 to my home network but I do now have the Network Security Key that it keeps asking for. I am running Windows 7 64bit. How can I locate this key? Thank you

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Re: network security key
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 17, 2013 5:28 AM PDT

That's defined in your router.

There might be a default one (study the manual) or you might have changed it yourself to something that's different from the default. Then change it again if it doesn't show on the router management page. How to reach the router management page via your browser is in the manual also.


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Thank you for the answer.
by trp321 / March 17, 2013 5:51 AM PDT

The router was installed in 2009 and I do not have the manual any longer. I do have the original setup info
Will any of that help me and how can I use it?

Thanks again

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Re: router
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 17, 2013 6:12 AM PDT

You need the admin name and admin password to login into the router and look if the current password is shown readable or you have to change it. So if you have that, you're nearly done.

Now find the gateway address (using the IPCONFIG command in the command prompt of a PC that has a wired connection) and enter that (something like into the address bar of your router. You might need to put http:// in front of it.
But, just as well, it's possible that the SECURITY or (more likely) the PASS PHRASE you wrote done is the password that you should type in now on that new laptop. I would try that first.

For a router from 2009 there's a 99% chance the manual can be downloaded from the manufacturers site as a pdf file. Did you try that?


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Windows 7 and Network Security Key
by trp321 / March 20, 2013 3:09 AM PDT
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I did get the net work security key but now I lost the one working wireless laptop I had.
I go to network and sharing and the wireless networks appear but the message always
tells me that the laptop cannot connect to the network....I must have changed something
when I went into the router...Please Help Again !


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by trp321 / March 29, 2013 1:08 AM PDT

Ok folks....all is as it should be. I found out from someone that the router needed to be rebooted and
that solved all the problems....thanks to everyone that provided input.

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