Solved Win8 & wireless networking I'm trying to NOT use the PIN

November 13, 2014 at 12:57:55
Specs: Windows 8
I have a somewhat related question.

Every other machine in the house (everything from WinXP computers thru Win7, tablets, phones, TV-boxes, etc) connects wirelessly using a password (whateveranimal332 or something, no that's not the real password), but when I try to connect the newly purchased Windows 8 laptop, I get "enter pin#". With no way I can see in the windows dialog to get around it & use the password instead...and with the router buried under 12 metric tons of cruft in the server closet so it's impossible to get to the router & find the PIN.


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November 13, 2014 at 14:22:25
I'm not used to this PIN idea either but gather it's a bit more security. Just wondered if that information might be visible within the routers settings pages if you access it using another computer.

I don't know your router make and model number but, as you probably know, you access them using something a bit like 192.168.1.1 in your browser address bar.
Next problem, you need a password to enter the settings. Fine if you remember it but unless you set it yourself it will probably be at default. In which case if you Google the router details you might be able to find the default access password. Frequently it is something like "Admin" as user name with a blank password.

EDIT:
Oops, I overlapped with post above (must improve my typing speed).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 13, 2014 at 13:26:12
I imagine it's this sort of thing:
http://www.tp-link.us/article/?faqi...

If the router is provided by others then presumably they should know the pin. After that it should connect with your normal "pass phrase" or "pass key". I avoid the term password because that is something else, necessary for router settings access.

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November 13, 2014 at 13:45:50
It's very much like that, Derek...except that I'm the one that installed the router. We've been using the passphrase all this time for every other wireless-capable device in the house, so I had no real reason to record the PIN# before I buried the router in the network closet.

Now I'm stuck because Win8 on this laptop won't let me past or around"enter PIN#" so I can put in the passphrase every other device uses to connect just fine.


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November 13, 2014 at 14:20:40
If I'm reading your info correctly (and sometimes one can misread/misinterpret info posted) always...) you appear not to know the current "pass key" to allow a connection to the router via wifi? Presuming so... simply login into the admin "page" of the router and go to the wifi section... you can see the "pass key" there.

The ip address for the router admin page is usually in the form of 192.168.x.y
- where x = is usually 0, or 1,or 2; and y usually = 1 (or possibly even 2).

The user manual for your router will usually tell you what the router's "home page/admin page" ip address is. Useful to know that address at least...

What make/model is your router? A google search for it's home page ip address will bring it up immediately.


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November 13, 2014 at 14:22:25
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I'm not used to this PIN idea either but gather it's a bit more security. Just wondered if that information might be visible within the routers settings pages if you access it using another computer.

I don't know your router make and model number but, as you probably know, you access them using something a bit like 192.168.1.1 in your browser address bar.
Next problem, you need a password to enter the settings. Fine if you remember it but unless you set it yourself it will probably be at default. In which case if you Google the router details you might be able to find the default access password. Frequently it is something like "Admin" as user name with a blank password.

EDIT:
Oops, I overlapped with post above (must improve my typing speed).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 13, 2014 at 14:43:13
nah Derek.. just cut back on the hot choccie and cake...

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November 13, 2014 at 14:57:39
TRVLR: Nope, every other device in the house uses the passcode...I know the passcode, so that's not the problem.

The problem is, the new Win8 lappie doesn't give me the option of using it...insisting on a PIN#.


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November 13, 2014 at 15:41:40
Thanks for the clarification...

It would appear that win 8x has a pin option..

This Netgear KB covers it for win 8x

http://tinyurl.com/oe2bnc4

It may help shed some light for you?

And again, make and model of router would be useful in order for others to possibly offer help?


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#8
November 13, 2014 at 15:45:04
And this earlier post at CN may offer reasons what and how etc.?

http://tinyurl.com/q9ow55l


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#9
November 13, 2014 at 15:51:22
This tp-link KB covers it too...

http://www.tp-link.com/en/article/?...

And it appears the pin is on the router label... Which if your router is buried... may present a problem?


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#10
November 13, 2014 at 16:46:33
So the model of the router is WNDR3400v2

And...the PIN actually IS available from within the settings page, I just hadn't hunted far enough to find it.

Thanks all for the helpful suggestions.


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#11
November 13, 2014 at 16:50:09
It's under Advanced (TAB), Advanced setup (sounds kinda redundant, doesn't it?), and Wireless settings.

There's actually a checkbox there that lets you disable the PIN, which I'd guess would give Win8 no choice but to use the passphrase.


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November 13, 2014 at 17:28:25
Sounds good, have you sorted it now?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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November 13, 2014 at 17:37:07
Yep, all sorted. Thanks again all!

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