How to Find Your Computer's WEP Key

By Alan Hughes

Wired Equivalency Protection is an encryption standard for protecting wireless network traffic. The security scheme uses a WEP key to encrypt all transmissions on the network and was originally designed to provide protection equal to a wired network, which is more secure than wireless by definition. The WEP key is located in the computer’s network interface configuration information.

Step 1

Click “Start,” type “network and sharing” (without the quotes) in the Search box and click the “Network and Sharing Center” link in the list of available programs.

Step 2

Click the “Manage Wireless Networks” link in the left pane of the resulting dialog window.

Step 3

Click the link for the network in question, right-click your selection and click “Properties.”

Step 4

Click the “Security” tab and check the “Show characters” box. The WEP key characters display in the “Network security key” box.