cant remember shared key and passwords

April 3, 2011 at 09:48:28
Specs: Windows Vista
I'm trying to reinstall my router after not using it for the past 2 years. I can't remember my passwords or shared key

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#1
April 3, 2011 at 10:32:08
By shared "KEY, I think you may be referring to a wireless encryption key? If you do not know that, you can log into your router and get that information or create a new encryption key or passphrase.

If you're talking about the actual router ID & PW, you could try the router default ID & PW (found in the documentation per your router on the manufacturers website).

Or you could do a factory reset on the router. Look for a small button on back of router, with router powered on, hold reset button for 10-30 seconds (depending on the router you have), then router resets to original factory settings. NOTE WELL: this will wipe out any special settings & configuration that you have in your router.

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#2
April 3, 2011 at 10:38:35
A router doesn't need any software for it to be installed in the operating system..

If you connect to the router wirelessly, if you can't remember the encryption key or password used for it's wireless security settings and the settings for your wireless adapter don't match and you can't connect to the router and therefore can't connect to the internet....

....then you need to access the router's configuration settings so that you can find and copy down the encryption key or password and the type of encrytption, and supply that info in Windows for the connection of the wireless adapter to the router.

You must either...
- connect your computer from a wired network port on it to a non WAN network port on the router via using a network cable

- or - if there are other computers connected to the same router on a local network at your location, access the router's configuration either via a network cable connection or via a wireless network connection that is already set up properly to the same router.

The default URL, 192.168.xxx.xxx you use in an internet browser to access the router's configuration Logon screen, and the default User Name, and default Password you need to type to access the router's configuration settings, are shown in the manual for your specific router model - if you have a CD that came with the router, the full manual is probably on that.
If you obtained the router from your ISP (Internet Service Provider) the default URL, User Name, and Password may be different - see the ISP's web site for support info about the router model.
(E.g.that applies to combo ADSL high speed modem / routers supplied by Telus in Canada.If you have the Optik TV / internet package, the Actiontec wireless N combo modem/router has the default URL, User Name, and Password on a stuck on label on the bottom side of the unit.)
If you get the manual from the router manufacturer's web site, make sure it's the manual for your specific Version or Revision of specific router model and that's it's for the region you bought the router in, otherwise the default URL, User Name, and Password may be different.


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#3
April 3, 2011 at 11:32:31
Nice superfluity Tubes....

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#4
April 4, 2011 at 09:01:34
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"Nice superfluity Tubes...."

A positive word along with a word describing something being un-necessary or excessive ??

I don't know what to make of that.

I have stated many times in Topics on this web site that I DO NOT CARE what others who answer here think of my posts, or whether they want to not see me make them, or don't want to read them, although I would prefer that they appreciated them.
My first priority is helping the person who started the Topic. I try to answer assuming the person knows very little or nothing about the subject of the Topic.
In my opinion it's better to possibly provide more info than the person needs than the usual case of not providing enough info, although your response 1 in this Topic is better than many.


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#5
April 4, 2011 at 09:39:59
RE: "I don't know what to make of that", that doesn't surprise me.

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. ~Thomas Jefferson

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