WEP Key???

By switchbird
May 30, 2005
  1. My mum has a Belkin Wireless Notebook Network card 802.11g for her laptop and it asks for a wep key. Could somebody please let me know what a wep key is and where I will find it? Were usually clued up on computers but this has caused us a few problems and we're completely baffled now!!!

  2. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495



    A WEP key is a wired equivalent privacy key. Im not exactly sure how to get one. I know that WEP has to do with security and ecryption of the wireless connection. I am alomost positive that is optional, and is used by hotspots to maintin security. But like i said i am not sure what to put in. A good article on WEP can be found here

    Hope this helps (some)
  3. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    The wep key is a way of protecting the wireless network...

    You'll get the key from the administrator of the network you are trying to connect to. If the network isn't protected, you shouldn't have to enter it, just look for an option to skip the wep key...
  4. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    The WEP key is also known as the Network key, it is an encryption key used to protect wireless networks from unauthorized use. WEP is the weakest form of network security but generally fine just to keep freeloaders off your network. You'll need to have that key in order to connect to the network.
    To get the key, you'll need to open the router's interface page and look for it under Wireless Security. It should have either a 64 or 128 bit key in either HEX or ascii format, Hex will be either 10(64bit) or 26(128bit) characters long, an ascii key will be 5 or 13 characters respectively. The key may also be accompanied by a passphrase used to generate a set of keys. In this case only key 1(index) is needed to connect, but if your card's utility supports the passphrase feature, you can enter it and it will generate the key needed and connect.

    Some Routers such as those from 2Wire, have a default network key already set in them, this key can be found on a label on the bottom of the router that is usually marked WEP and will have a 10 digit number in () or []
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