How can I recover my WiFi network password?

ernard

I was trying to add a new PC to my little 5 computer network, and realized that I have no idea what the password is for my wireless router. I changed it from default, but I was too clever for myself apparently and can’t remember what I changed it to. Is there any way to determine the password? I have physical access to the router.

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jimlynch
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Check your wireless router manual for instructions on how to reset the password. If you've lost it, try the manufacturer's site for an online version.

Christopher Nerney
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This freeware promises to be able to recover your lost wifi password. I haven't tried it, but it gets glowing reviews from many readers. 

 

Otherwise, resetting the router to the factory settings should solve the problem, I would think.

jluppino
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Just go to one of the PCs that you already have connected to the network and get it from there. Assuming you are running Windows, Open Network and Sharing Center (right click the WiFi signal icon). Then:

1. Select Change Adapter Settings

2. Right click WiFi Network Connection, and select Status.

3. Select Wireless Properties in the resulting pop-up window.

4. Select the Security Tab. This will show security type, encryption type, and the network security key. 

5. Click the box beside Show Characters, and you should be able to see your network password.

 

I ran through these steps on my Windows 7 laptop, it might be slightly different on Windows 8. 

Carla Manini
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In case you can't recover your password there is always the solution to reset to default settings. All wifi routers have small reset button somewhere on the front of the back side of the router. Just keep that button pressed for 5-10 seconds depending on the router and you should see strange behaviour of the led lights meaning that you have done the reset procedure. After this you are back to your factory set password. Do you keep your router manual to see the default password settings? If not you can always google for the router manual. It shouldn't be so hard to find it.

Charles89
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This SmartKey Wifi Password Recovery tool is a well-known wifi password recovery software. It is able to recover your forgotten Wi-Fi password.

Chrysti
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The quickest way is to reset the wifi router, basically there is a button on the bottom labeled reset. It completely resets it to factory default. You will probably need a paper clip if you decide to do this.

On the computer that you connected to wifi on, you can use WirelessKeyView, like Susendeep Dutta mentioned. It is a nice piece of somewhere, and I use it in my toolkit. 

 

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