How to Find Out Your WEP Password

By Anthony King

A WEP password is a letter and number combination that protects a user's wireless connection. WEP protection can be disabled, but then anyone in range of the wireless network would be able to freely access it. With such uncommon configurations, these passwords are easily forgotten or misplaced. If this happens, there is an easy way to retrieve the WEP password so that you can once again gain access to your wireless network.

Step 1

Open your computer's Internet browser.

Step 2

Enter This is the default IP address for many routers. If it doesn't work, refer to your router's user manual to determine the correct address.

Step 3

Enter your user ID and password. This is the username and password that you created when you first set up the wireless network. This is not the WEP password that you are trying to find.

Step 4

Locate the button reading "Network Security" or "Wireless Security."

Step 5

Write down the WEP protection password that is shown at the bottom of the screen and keep it in a safe place. This is the password that you will use to connect to your wireless network. You can also choose to check the box to disable the WEP protection. This is not recommended. However, it will gain you immediate access to your network. Be advised that if you disable your WEP protection, anyone in range will be able to access your wireless network.

Step 6

Reset your wireless router if you were unable to log in using your user ID and password in Step 3, or if you have forgotten this password. Locate the pin-sized push button at the back of your router. Hold in the button with a pen tip and release it after 20 seconds. This will reset the router back to its default settings. You will now be able to log in using your router's default username and password. Many routers use "admin" for the default username and "1234" or a blank space for the password. Refer to your router's user guide for the default username and password for your router.