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Actiontec Verizon dsl gateway
May 15, 2010 at 17:47:05
Specs: Windows xp & vista
Here is the situation: my niece's laptop got stolen, our network key was stored in her laptop so she could use her laptop when at our house. The morning after it was stolen, it came up connecting on our network(mcafee total protection showed it on). It kept popping up connected every day for a week and now it isn't. There is a unknown device connecting like every other day and I don't know who it is. Is is possible to retrieve the network key from the laptop and use it on another computer to access our network? We have no wireless printers or scanners, so I know that is not it. There is a mac address on it, so I know it isn't an Ipod- that is what mcafee told me. Verizon said that you can access the modem outside up to 1500 feet. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks,

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May 15, 2010 at 18:50:23
The simple solution would be the change the network key on your wireless router. The manual will tell you how to do it.


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May 15, 2010 at 18:58:10
I would suggest the same too, change the wireless pre-shared key on wireless router ASAP. The wireless pre-shared key can be easily retrieved by using this wireless key finder.

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May 16, 2010 at 02:32:05
If someone was accessing your network, they must have been fairly close to your home.

Perhaps someone living nearby stole the pc. Or, someone local has found out the key & is using it.

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May 16, 2010 at 14:01:39
that is my main question, is it easy to get the stored network key from the computer and apply it to another computer? We are pretty sure where the stolen laptop was when it connected, but am trying to figure out if they have found the key and put it on another computer that is now showing up as an unknown device. I realize I can change the network key, but we are trying to catch the stolen laptop when it is back in our network so the cops can maybe catch them. Thanks, Dennie

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May 16, 2010 at 14:31:29
Sorry, I see that it would be easy enough to find the wireless key on a computer using a wireless key finder that you can download, right? I am trying to understand how some of this stuff works, especially if it helps to catch the people breaking in and stealing computers. Thanks, Dennie

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