How To Get The Network Key of your Netgear Router

Where can I get my network key?

This is a very common question or problem that you will encounter if you have a wireless network. So I have decided to make a hub for this. This hub will give you the steps on how to check or get the network key of your Wireless router. The steps here can be applied to old or new versions of Netgear wireless routers, most likely they will have the same or should I say almost the same way on how to check or get the network key. This step is very easy, just follow the steps below. I copied this from the forum where I have posted it.

To answer the question "Where can I get my network key?" Your network key is set or saved on the router setup page. To get this, just open your browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox) on the computer that is wired directly to the router. Then type in the address bar http://192.168.1.1/or http://192.168.0.1/ the address will depend on the version of your router, or just try both, it will ask you for a username and password, by default the username is admin and password is password. Once you're on the setup page of your router click on the wireless settings on the left hand panel. Then look for the wireless security settings - if the security is set to WEP - Key1 will be the network key or which ever has a tick. Or if the security is set to WPA the passphrase is your network key. Now that you know the network you can now type it once you are prompted when try to connect to your network.

I hope this has been helpful and informative to all of you.

Thank you for reading and have a nice day!

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sathish 7 years ago

ert members


sansu 7 years ago

thanx for this information.i tried it and it works.thanx again. if you want to know more about netgear ranges please visit

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matty boi 7 years ago

worked wicked man well done! i used user ass my pass and password ans the P@ss obviously

thx


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curly-live 7 years ago from Quezon City Author

You're Welcome!


ivan 7 years ago

i'm about to try looking up the key the way you said, but i'm afraid it might disconnect other computers that are using the wireless network.my point is, if i change the password, do you think that it will disconnect the computers that are currently using the wireless network?


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curly-live 7 years ago from Quezon City Author

As long as you will just check the network key and will NOT change it, no one will get disconnected. The moment to you change the network key and save it, those who are connected with the old network key will get disconnected and will need to reconnect with the new network key you set on your router. If you have more questions feel free to post them here.


becky 7 years ago

Thank you so much for the information. I help me config my old laptop .....


chase 6 years ago

well i typed the passphrase in and it still didn't work


laura 6 years ago

what if you've already changed the password etc. but forot it :/ my bad


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curly-live 6 years ago from Quezon City Author

Laura, if you are referring to the password to get in to the configuration page of the router, the only way to get around that is to reset the router. But by doing so, you will loose all of the settings you currently have in the router. I recommend that you contact the Netgear tech support so that they can help you reset the router and reconfigure it for Internet and wireless connection.


mandy38 6 years ago

hi

i am also having trouble with the above router i bought a new wireless adaptor today for my sons comp upstairs installed cd etc etc but will not pick up the downstairs above named router :( asks for network key which is the passphrase virgin media gave us still no working :( just get the message " the network password needs to be 40bits or 104 bits depending on your network configuration" ..........im a not tech savvy mum :( and have now got a frustrated teen who wants to use his comp


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curly-live 6 years ago from Quezon City Author

Mandy,

this may get a bit too technical. Based on what you mention it seems like the computer picks up the signal and it's just the key that we are having problems with. Based on the error that you posted. Its the length of the key that's causing an issue here. There are two possible type of security enabled on the wireless router WEP or WPA.

WEP uses passphrase to generate the actual WEP key. If the router used WEP to setup the security, you may need to put in the WEP key generated from the passphrase.

If you will still have issues with the key, you can verify with virgin if the passphrase that you have is the same with the WEP key.

If you want me to help you through this, this may not be that easy if we do this through this post. Better yet a phone assistance will be very helpful. You can contact the manufacturer of the wireless router to verify the actual key and verify passphrase is different from network key, if the security is WEP.


retard 6 years ago

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john 6 years ago

many thanks.... worked perfectly...

wish there was more of this kind of useful help!


Andy 6 years ago

Thanks this helped a lot!


justin 6 years ago

i just keep getting this and don't no any of the info

Wireless Setup

WGR614V9

V1.0.11_1.0.1VGUK

Wireless Setup

Name (SSID):

Security Passphrase (WPA-PSK): (8-63 characters)

Channel: 01 06 11

Router Setup

Router Password: (8-63 characters


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curly-live 6 years ago from Quezon City Author

WGR614V9 is the Model no. of your router

V1.0.11_1.0.1VGUK - This is most likely the firmware or software version loaded on the router.

Name (SSID): This will be the field where you put in the name and you want your router to broadcast. You can put any name you want.

Security Passphrase (WPA-PSK): (8-63 characters) - This is one type of a wireless security that you can implement on you wireless network, this will require users to put in a password if they will connect to the wireless network coming from this router.

Channel: 01 06 11 - These are the channels that the wireless network can ran on, to broadcast the signal and transfer data over the air. You can choose any.

Router password: this is the password that you will use to get in side the router, or the router configuration page. You can specify your own password for the router configuration page.

I hope I was able to help.


Horla 6 years ago

Thank you mate!!! One thing: "http://192.168.1.1/or http://192.168.0.1/ " didnt helped me (donno why) but www.routerlogin.net worked perfectly.

Thanks again!


Tracy 6 years ago

Hi there! My daughter was trying to get her computer to work wirelessly and she used my computer to see if she could figure it out. She did something to the network key and I think I need to reset it. I don't know what it was so, can you tell me what to do for that? Thank you!


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curly-live 6 years ago from Quezon City Author

You can follow the steps above. I recommend that you do the steps above on the computer that is wired straight to the Netgear router or in a computer wirelessly associating with the router. Then follow the steps on the second paragraph of my post.


jhnnykckdhlnthsk 6 years ago

Thank you so much for you feed back; it was very useful.


Nate 6 years ago

Damn dude worked like a charm


Nathan 6 years ago

Hey, I can't access the sites http://192.168.1.1/or http://192.168.0.1/

Please help I forgot my WEP key.


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curly-live 6 years ago from Quezon City Author

Can you get to the login page or it won't load the login page using those addresses you mentioned above?


That Rose Girl 6 years ago

Dude- I L-word you. You are a computer "giving" god! I was fighting with everyone on the phone to get this help. (Netgear, TimeWarner, Dell, everyone!) I had to dump my whole computer and reset to factory settings.

Big Kisses. Big Hugs! Big Thanks!

... ok, I'm done gushing now...


Sarah 6 years ago

You're a gem! I searched for hours for a simple description on how to do this. Your description was clear and easy, and it worked straight away. Thank you!


Lulu 6 years ago

Hi Curly-Live!

Need help desperately. I bought the netgear router in 2007. Since my company is transfering to a different wireless system, I'll need to find out what my Network Key is (whatever it is). Netgear technical support couldn't help me. I was trying to follow your instruction but couldn't open either http://192.168.1.1/or http://192.168.0.1/

Is this method still valid? thanks!


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curly-live 6 years ago from Quezon City Author

Lulu,

Yes it's still valid. I am not sure what the Netgear tech told you about this issue. But I recommend that you do this step on a computer that is wired straight to the router. Let me know if this will still allow you to get to the router page.


Carlos 6 years ago

Very helpful thanks.


Lola 6 years ago

I tried both http://192.168.1.1/ and http://192.168.0.1/ and neither will let me access it when I type in the username and password.


Randolph pancho villa 6 years ago

This really helped me. I am so happy. Thanks brother. Lola http://192.168.0.1/ is the only one that worked for me. Make sure you use lower caps when typing in admin(username) password(type it in don't just click it because you see it say password) and it should work. I would. good luck


Donna 6 years ago

Thank you so much! Your information perfectly answered my question, was clearly written, easy to follow and very much appreicated. Thanks again!


sarah 6 years ago

you are awesome


voo 6 years ago

Re: WGR614.... After pressing the factory reset button look under the netgear it has everything you need printed on the bottom: After reset click connect and when the network key pops up type in preinstall, this will take you to the netgear page which in turn gives you the option to rename your network as well as your key. username and passwork of factory settings are also printed on the bottom :o) So you don't need to know a network key to reset it!


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curly-live 6 years ago from Quezon City Author

Thanks for the added info Voo. I guess the new units released by Netgears has this for more ease in getting this info.


ASHLEY 5 years ago

OMG I LOVE YOU THANKS!!


House of Blackman 5 years ago

This was great. I have been trying to get into my network for months with my new computer and your instructions led me right to it.


Kevin Daly 5 years ago

thanks much!


jr 5 years ago

im trying to hook up my ps3 with a router but it keeps asking me for my WEP key and i have no clue what that is.


melissa  5 years ago

thankyou, thankyou, thankyou,,, it worked and now i have wireless again instead of running wires all through my house for my laptop..lol.. genius


Mac 5 years ago

Wireless Settings

Wireless Network

Name (SSID):

Region:

Channel:

Mode:

Security Options

None

WEP

WPA-PSK [TKIP]

WPA2-PSK [AES]

WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES]

Security Encryption (WEP)

Authentication Type:

Encryption Strength:

Security Encryption (WEP) Key

Passphrase:

Key 1:

Key 2:

Key 3:

Key 4:

This is what i get i don't know how to get the actual key PLEASE help!!!!


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curly-live 5 years ago from Quezon City Author

If security type is set to WEP, by defaul the Key 1 is what is used.

Sorry for the late reply.


laura 5 years ago

Hi, please help, am trying to connect my sons wii to the internet but my wireless connection has a padlock sign beside it, i'm assuming I need a network key to unlock this but don't know what this is and have tried going on to the site http://192.168.1.1/ and http://192.168.0.1/ but have not been able to get onto them for some reason...


laura 5 years ago

Hi, please help, am trying to connect my sons wii to the internet but my wireless connection has a padlock sign beside it, i'm assuming I need a network key to unlock this but don't know what this is and have tried going on to the site http://192.168.1.1/ and http://192.168.0.1/ but have not been able to get onto them for some reason...


michele 5 years ago

THANK YOU very much for posting this information - I was going in circles trying to help my son reconnect the xbox live - I needed the wpa etc...and your link truly helped me out!


jesse 5 years ago

worked like a champ thank you my wife can now use her laptop you rule


mikayla 5 years ago

hi. i tried 192.168.1.1 and it didn't accept the login credentials- i've typed admin and password multiple times but it just wont work. help?


suri 5 years ago

hi. i tried 192.168.1.1 and it didn't accept the login credentials- i've typed admin and password multiple times but it just wont work. what to do now?


chloe 5 years ago

it says the password which is password and the username: admin is wrong ? do you kno why?


Kerry 4 years ago

Worked great! I think the problem is that people don't know that the PASSPHRASE is also the KEY.It was in my case, and I had a copy of that passphrase which I had created myself.

Thanks so much for the easy to follow help.

I love you too...but not in a creepy way!


Rockview 4 years ago

Hi

trying to connect a tablet to the wireless network, but have no password. The previous person has left no information on what the password, code or phrase could be, i can only log into the netgear router as the computer remembers the password but i am at my wits end trying to connect new machines and tablets to the wireless please help


tom12 4 years ago

This is all very good but...The trouble is that the network key its already inserted in dots.. dots (10 of them) I cannot cancel it and If I choose WEP it says it will not be able to connect. What to do? Please help

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