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How do I get the wep code stored on my windows xp machine for my wireless network?

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I need to retrieve the actual wep code for my wireless network. I have windows XP configuring the wireless network but I need to setup another computer and need to WEP code. It's a 40 or 64 bit code but I lost it. the other computers on my network work fine but i cannot add anymore without the code.  is there a way to get the code in plaintext so that I can enter it on another pc?
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login to your router it will be in the configuration
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You can log into your wireless router as jwarnken suggested. To do this open a web browser and enter in the gateway address of the network. You can find this out by typing 'ipconfig' in the command prompt. Typically it is 192.168.0.1. This will give you a web interface to view and modify the key.

Alternately you can use software to decode the key for you. This software collects packets from your wireless network (about 5 - 10 million of them) and then runs an algorithym to give you the wep code in plain text. It normally takes an hour or two for the whole process. Commview is such a program and can downloaded for free.

A download link can be found here:
http://downloads-zdnet.com.com/3000-2085-10244501.html?tag=tu.tk.7901.f4

Either of those two processes shall get you the key, the first being the easiest.


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by:sunshinehelpdesk
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...A link to a more recent version of Commview.
Commview 4.2 for WiFi
It is available free for download for a 30 day trial.
http://www.tamos.com/download/main/ca.php
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by:trusnock
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I think more to the point of the original question is how to retreive the WEP/WPA key from Windows, which can be done with a free utility from Nirsoft.  This was mentioned elsewhere here on Experts-exchange, but I really had to dig past a lot of people claiming this couldn't be done...

WirelessKeyView:

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

-Tom
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