How to get the Network key from your Linksys Wireless Router

How to get the Network key from your Linksys Wireless Router

This is one of the most common problems that I usually encountered if your have a wireless network. You tend forget the password for the wireless or your password is no longer accepted. That's why I have decided to post helpful tips or step by step guides on how to help you with your problems with your network. I am not a Guru when it comes to networking but I sure know the basic things to get your network working. If you are a fan of my blog, you might see more post about common issues encountered on your network be it wired or wireless. I will soon post other guides for other brands, as of this time most of my post will be for Linksys products, but the solution is mostly applicable for other brands.

On this hub this will give you a step by step guide on how to check the encryption key or network key and others often refer to as network password.

If you can't remember or you don't know the password for your wireless network all you need to do is access the setup page of your Linksys router to check the network key from there. Here are the steps on how to check the network key of your wireless network;

Step 1. Access the setup page of the router.

To access the setup page of the router I recommend that you use the computer that is wired directly to the router. If you don't have a computer wired to temporarily wire your wireless computer to any of the Ethernet ports on the back of the router (labeled 1, 2, 3, and 4). Then open your router setup page of your router, to do this just open your browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox) and type in the address bar (this is the default user name and password of the router) and click Go or hit Enter. It will ask you for a username and password, by default the router does not have a username so just leave that field blank and type "admin" for the password. If you changed the router password, then log in using your password to login to the router.


If you changed router's IP address use that address instead of the default IP address above.

Step 2. Check the Wireless Security.

Once you are in the router setup page, click on the Wireless Tab at the very top of the page. Once you are in the Wireless Tab, just right under the word Wireless you click the sub tab that Wireless Security. On this page you will see the Security Mode. If your security mode is set to WEP (64bit or 128 bit) you will have four sets of keys available. To known which key to use look for the Default Transmit (Tx) Key, If your default transmit key is set to 1, then you will use the key in Network key 1 to connect to the wireless network. Now if your Security mode is set to WPA (Personal/Pres-Shared Key/PSK) what's inside the WPA-shared key or Pass phrase / Personal Key box is the network key for your wireless network.

So now you know the network y that you need you will now be able to connect to your wireless network and get online wirelessly.

I hope this one has helped you dear readers and don't forget to share and rate this post.

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Have a nice day!

This information is taken based from the user guide of your device. This is just to summarize everything and turn it into a step by step guide.

Comments 68 comments

Chadd Lomoglio 8 years ago

THANKS!!! You saved me a trip to Office Depot and you saved me from having to buy another router!!! Thanks!!!

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curly-live 8 years ago from Quezon City Author

No problem.

Karen 7 years ago

Thank you SO much!!!

I just moved to a new apartment, and two of us had our routers named the same, so my computer would only recognize one of them. With your help, I renamed my router, and accessed MY network key. Worked like a charm - wireless is back up-and-running, and I can get back to my research and homework. Very clear, quick, and easy to follow directions - thank you a million times over!!!

Becky 7 years ago

Thank you for the information!!!

I needed the network key to log on to my linksys wireless with my phone. I found out I can use it for WiFi!

I wonder if all linksys network keys are the same???

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curly-live 7 years ago from Quezon City Author

You're Welcome!

Actually by default there is no network key configured on an out of the box Linksys router (as far as I know). Network key will vary to the type of security and the passwrod that the user will put in. I hope that explained it a bit.

Frank 7 years ago

Thanks man!

chris 7 years ago

I found i had to type "admin" (without quotes) in both the username and password boxes - it then worked

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curly-live 7 years ago from Quezon City Author

To all who found help through this post.. You are all welcome!

cdnprairiegrl 7 years ago

Ugh I need my security key and it isn't working, someone please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

derek 7 years ago

That post was a life saver!!!

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curly-live 7 years ago from Quezon City Author


If this post did not help you at all to get that network key. I strongly recommend to call Linksys then, so that they canwalk you through on how to go about this. I am no longer a part their tech support... too bad :(

Linksys - 1800 326 7114.

ram 7 years ago

i wamnt to connect my samsung wifi star ,to other router ,while connecting it will ask network key plz help me how to get network key or how to conf my mobile

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curly-live 7 years ago from Quezon City Author


I am afraid I can't help you with that. If you are not the owner of the router you cannot perform the steps on this hub. If the wireless network that you are trying to connect to is secured, it's only the owner of the wireless network who knows what is the network key or the password that they have set for this wireless network.

Leandra 7 years ago

My husband just got a new computer...we were pulling our hair out, thank goodness I had the sense to google this & find you....You saved us!!!! Thank you SO VERY much for this post!!!! A+++!

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curly-live 7 years ago from Quezon City Author

Wow, I am so glad to hear that his helped you and your husband. You are welcome!

cookieb 7 years ago

Yhank you for you instructions. This provided the exact answer I was looking for. It is amazing how simple yet crystal clear your explanation was so I'm quite appreciative.

Jessica 6 years ago

Thanks so much. I was trying to hook up the wireless to my ps3 and forgot where i wrote down the key... thanks this saved a lot of my time!

Sakira 6 years ago


I was very much eager to learn how to find a network key..


I am also interested to learn about how to solve internet problems..

Can u help me to learn.

bob 6 years ago

the stupid ip adress thing doesn't


Gabby 6 years ago

Gracias. This helped, and worked.

josh 6 years ago

typing admin in the password does not get me in.

any help?

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curly-live 6 years ago from Quezon City Author

That only means that your router is no longer using the default password admin. You may have to reset the router and reconfigure everything. Or you can try passwords that you usually use.

Evan 6 years ago

password didn't work dipshit for the first step didn't work dipshit

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curly-live 6 years ago from Quezon City Author

I'm glad I was able to help you Chadd.

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curly-live 6 years ago from Quezon City Author

I'm glad I was able to help you Chadd.

Anja 6 years ago

I love you, I was just about to kill my husband for messing up my wireless internet connection while I didn't know the security key. Thank you so much, the help was clear and simple. Just what I needed.

Eylashes 6 years ago

This post help me so much! Thank you for providing this simple, but power solution.

kimmer6160 6 years ago

Thank you so much! Worked awesome!

CB 6 years ago

what a great website thanks so much man, lifesaver

Girl 6 years ago

Thank you so much, this saved my mom a lot of money from buying a new router just to get a password so my brother can use the wireless. This was so much more helpful then the guys that work for it.

Thanks so much.

Jane 6 years ago

Fantastic, thanks so much. I searched heaps of answers and didn't solve the problem until I saw yours, and I had my access in a flash. Thanks

eddy 6 years ago

hell yeah my friend! thanks a bunch for this saved me time and from being angry and frustrated. Thanks so much

Debbie 6 years ago

Asking for name and password - tried all versions of admin in both places. any suggestions? trying to setup a new printer/fax that is wireless.

Tony B 6 years ago

Thank you

eira 6 years ago

Thank you so much! I was pulling my hair out!

MJ 6 years ago

Thanks so are the only one who gave direct and correct information as to how to find the security key. THANK YOU!!!!

Annie 6 years ago

Ahhh. Thanks a million. XD Quick, and easy to fix. I changed my key since it was a gazillion characters long. Thanks again for the information.

:( 6 years ago

This isn't working =S I just moved from my appartment and I'm trying to change the channels, but when it asks me for the username and password I can't remember the right combination. Tried everything, leave username blank and all passwords, tried admin tried leave all blank nothing is working.

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curly-live 6 years ago from Quezon City Author

@ :(

This may not work if the password of your router has been changed. If you can't recall what password you might have set it to. The router may need to be reset. ****Resetting the router (pressing the reset button on the back)will set the router back to it's default settings.

I recommend that you contact Linksys tech support. I think it's 1-800-326-7114

Gary 6 years ago

Thanks for the help. Actually the font that Linksys uses screwed me up - capital I and lowercase l looks the same on the Linksys printout. So I copied the encryption password string to Word and changed the font so I could actually read the characters.

Catie 6 years ago

You are amazing. Thank you!

Prabhu.S.S 6 years ago

Thanks a lot for your instructions, now i m able to browse on wifi mobile..tnx again..Gud Work!

charan 6 years ago

thanks a lot...

season 6 years ago

Thank you, ive been trying to figure this out for a day now.

Lashire 6 years ago

Thanks to you I was able to retrieve my WPA key, but I can't connect to the internet although my PC is connected to the router wirelessly. I tried to repair the network connection, but wasn't successful. I received a message to contact the internet provider. Do you know whether linksys WRT54G model works with FIOS modem?

Mikayla Kelly 6 years ago

wat is the typical pass for lynksys???? i cant find out i need it for the connection to my ipod touch

Todd B. 6 years ago

Just got laptop from work for "homework". Tried calling our IT department, emailing, and texting. What did I get? Bubbka..... . Thank you tremendously!!!!!!

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curly-live 6 years ago from Quezon City Author

Mikayla, by default the linksys router does not have a password enabled for the wireless.

6 years ago

awesome...once i figured out that router password and network key were not the same thing this was super easy to follow! now the whole neighborhood isn't stealing my wifi... :)

Mary B 6 years ago

Thank you so much for your help and all your comments, It worked and so proud of myself that I did it, with your help of course, Awesome, thanks

ProPlanner 6 years ago

It worked! This is a great step by step guide, clear, easy to follow, and well explained. Thank you!

Gina G 6 years ago

Awesome information!! I have been trying to locate my security key for a week and your guide helped me find it in a matter of minutes. Thank you so much!

Ernest 6 years ago

Ir awesome bro!

Belle 6 years ago

OMG...thank you for doing this...and saving me from spending money on getting YET another warranty on my router or getting a "newer" one.... Linksys customer support: YOU CAN NOW KISS MY ASS :)

Danielle 6 years ago

Thank you for this very useful information,I'm glad I found your post.As you can see it is helping a lot of people save money.

Jaclyn 6 years ago

I can't tell you how helpful this post was! I spent hours trying to figure out how to set up my printer, and within ten minutes of reading your article, I was printing with no problems. Super helpful and will definitely recommend.

tls 6 years ago

thanks it worked!!

Lulu 6 years ago

Thank you for the help. I have tried for several months to remember the password or find the sticky were I wrote it. Thanks again!!

jerry Tekell 5 years ago

Still has not helped me any. I am just as lost as before I read your stuff..JT

Sharon 4 years ago

My son gave me a touch Ipod and i tried and tried to access my wifi and it wasn't until I read this that I was successful. Bless you and a big thanks. You're awesome.

John Martinez 4 years ago

Sir this information was absolutely the reason my system is working thank you so much for sharing!!!

Jackson 4 years ago

I was just having this problem before my Acer LCD screen cracked. Now I have to look at Acer repair parts to see what I can do to fix that first, and then I can hopefully use your advice to fix the password. Lulu I always seem to lose the sticky where I put my password! Belle your comment made me laugh :)

rsks42 4 years ago

Thank you so much, you are a life saver!

Ms. Birdie 4 years ago

You saved my life! I'm gonna post this one to my social media pages. Thanks a mill, curly-live :)

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curly-live 4 years ago from Quezon City Author

Thank you so much Ms. Birdie. I really appreciate it.

Taina 4 years ago

Accidentaly erased my Network Security Key. Your clear instructions helped get it back. Thanks a million!

Barbara 4 years ago

I have tried SO MANY online tips for finding this key and none have worked. This was so easy...I could kiss you....mwah!!!!!!!!

Dhanush 4 years ago

I forgot my password

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