Forgot network key

Bouch - Sep 28, 2008 at 10:42 AM
 Elliott - May 24, 2010 at 09:05 PM

I forgot my network key and cant set up a laptop to my wireless network. I have a Linksys WRT54G v.3. I have security set so I guess that is why I can't get the number. How do I retrieve my network key.

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xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,835
Feb 22, 2010 at 04:07 PM
If you currently have a PC that is connected via wireless you can download/run this program which will display the key ("password phrase").

Good Luck
thankyou so much for this link I had the same problem when setting up my iphone and got my key in seconds xxx
Thank you for your help!
thank you sooooooo much!!!!
Thanks ever so much - this saved me a lot of time!
Thanx for this you saved my bacon..........
hard wire to the router and verify you have internet
start - run - cmd
in the dos box type ipconfig /all
look for the default gateway
open internet explorer and type in the default gateway number from above (it goes right were you would type
it should prompt you for a password. Most linksys are no username and admin as the password by default, or whateer you changed it to when it was setup. If this doesn't work you will need to reset the router (read as loose all settings and start over on your router)
if you do get logged in go to the wireless tab then security and write down your key or change it to something you will then know.

A remote possiblilty is to auto configure the linksys. This can be done if you have a linksys wireless card and a newer linksys modem - you'll have to look on linksys site for directions on that, I have never actually done it.

Good luck
This post was extremely helpful and worked like a charm! Plus it saved me $30 that the support team was gonna charge to me do the same thing. Thanks so much!
You're an ace!! Works wonderfully!
This was an awesome post. Thanks so much! It worked!!!
this complytely helped me even though I have netgeat for my router its basically the same exact thing
David, that worked great! Thanks a million!
absolutely brilliant, worked like a charm...thank you so much I was racking my brain, on how I was going to fix this one...
No. You may lose access to network shares.. access to files on remote computers, but the files themselves will remain intact, and this would pertain only to the small percentage of people that use file sharing across thier network.
I'm confused, I plugged my hard wire into my computer , and nothing pops up..
David L > Taylor
Aug 9, 2009 at 11:28 PM
Nothing should "pop up" Afer you have connected the network cable from your PC's network jack to your router. Simply go to your internet browser and see if you have internet. Once internet connectivity is confirmed proceed with the instructions posted earlier. If you do not have internet connectivity you have a larger problem than the key for your wireless being lost for which I would consult your ISP.
americanblackwidow > David L
Aug 15, 2009 at 12:05 AM
Thank you David L for your advise on retreiving a network key. Your post came up when I queried it and it worked perfectly!! Even though I'm not the one who asked the original question you helped me out too!