Finding D-Link® Wireless Router's WEP Key
What are the different ways to find the WEP key for D-Link Wireless Router?
WEP is the short form for Wired Equivalent Privacy or Wireless Encryption Protocol which is an encryption algorithm used by IEEE 802.11 wireless systems to secure a connected network. A WEP system enables a group of computers or devices in a local network to communicate securely and send/receive encoded messages. Wireless networks communicate using radio technology and therefore, they are more likely to be interfered or snooped compared to wired networks. Most of the high-end routers and wireless devices use the WEP key encryption to secure the wireless network between different devices. The WEP key is of different encryption levels. The 64-bit encryption system uses a 10-digit key, 128 bit a 26-digit key, and 256 bit a 46-digit key. The security of the network increases as the encryption level increases and users are therefore advised that they set a higher encryption for maximizing security.
Discussed below are some points that will help users find the WEP key for D-Link Wireless Router:
- Connect router
- Open router homepage
- Wireless security
Users who are attempting to find the WEP key for their D-Link Wireless Router should first connect the router to their system through an Ethernet cable. Even though the router has wireless support, the configuration in this case should be accessed through a regular Ethernet port connection. This should be done in order to access the homepage or the configuration page of the D-Link Wireless Router. Users will require username and password to access the router home page.
Open router homepage
Users should open the default browser in their system after they connect the D-Link Wireless Router and enter 192.168.1.1 in the address bar. The browser will then request for a username and password. Users should enter the username and password as custom or the default one i.e. ‘admin’. The configuration page of the D-Link Wireless Router will now be displayed on screen and users can access and manage the required options from this menu.
After accessing the homepage of the D-Link Wireless Router, users will be provided with navigation options in the left pane of the window. Users should select the Wireless security menu from the available options. The WEP key will be displayed in this menu and users can note it down if required. In case the WEP key is not displayed in the menu, users should try accessing the same page from another computer that is already connected to the router. This will help find the WEP key for the D-Link Wireless Router.
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