How to Find Your Computer's WEP Key

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.

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WEP encryption protects your data across wireless network connections.
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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.

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

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

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