Today Wi-Fi networks are very popular, in almost every home where the Internet is available, there is also a Wi-Fi router. Usually, once you configure and connect to a Wi-Fi network, you do not have to remember the password for it (access key) for a long time, since it is always entered automatically further when you connect to the network.
But then the moment comes and you need to connect a new device to the Wi-Fi network (or, for example, you reinstalled Windows and the settings on the laptop got lost …) – but have you forgotten the password ?!
In this short article, I want to talk about several ways that will help you find out your Wi-Fi network password (choose the one that suits you best).
- Method number 1: viewing the password in the network settings Windows
- 1. Windows 7, 8
- 2. Windows 10
- Method number 2: we get the password in the Wi-Fi Roturea settings
- 1. How to find out the address of the router settings and enter them?
- 2. How to find out or change the password in the router
Method number 1: viewing the password in the network settings Windows
1. Windows 7, 8
The easiest and fastest way to find out the password for your Wi-Fi network is to look at the properties of the active network, that is, the one through which you access the Internet. To do this, you need to go to the Network and Sharing Center on a laptop (or other device that is already configured with a Wi-Fi network).
To do this, right-click on the Wi-Fi icon (next to the clock) and select this section from the drop-down menu (see Fig. 1).
Figure: 1. Network and Sharing Center
Then, in the window that opens, we look through which wireless network we have access to the Internet. In fig. 2 below shows how it looks in Windows 8 (Windows 7 – see fig. 3). Click on the wireless network 'Autoto' (your network name will be different).
Figure: 2. Wireless network – properties. Windows 8.
Figure: 3. Go to the properties of the Internet connection in Windows 7.
A window with the state of our wireless network should open: here you can see the connection speed, duration, network name, how many bytes were sent and received, etc. We are interested in the 'wireless network properties' tab – let's go to this section (see Fig. 4).
Figure: 4. The state of the wireless Wi-Fi network.
Now all that remains is to go to the 'security' tab, and then put a tick in front of the item 'display entered characters'. Thus, we will see the security key for accessing this network (see Fig. 5).
Then just copy it or write it down, and then enter it when creating a connection on other devices: laptop, netbook, phone, etc.
Figure: 5. Properties of the wireless network Wi-Fi.
2. Windows 10
In Windows 10, an icon is also displayed next to the clock about a successful (not successful) connection to a Wi-Fi network. Click on it, and in the pop-up window, open the 'network settings' link (as in Fig. 6).
Figure: 6. Network parameters.
Then open the link 'Configure adapter parameters' (see Fig. 7).
Figure: 7.Additional adapter parameters
Then select your adapter that is responsible for the wireless connection and go to its 'state' (just right-click on it and select this option from the pop-up menu, see Fig. 8).
Figure: 8. Wireless network status.
Next, you need to go to the 'Wireless Network Properties' tab.
Figure: 9. Wireless network properties
In the 'Security' tab there is a column 'Network Security Key' – this is the password you are looking for (see Fig. 10)!
Figure: 10. Password from Wi-Fi network (see the column 'network security key') …
Method number 2: we get the password in the Wi-Fi Roturea settings
If in Windows you could not find out the password from the Wi-Fi network (or you need to change the password), then you can do this in the router settings. It is somewhat more difficult to give recommendations here, since there are dozens of router models and everywhere there are some nuances …
Whatever router you have, you must first go to its settings.
The first caveat is that the address for entering the settings can be different: somewhere http://192.168.1.1/, and somewhere http://192.168.10.1/, etc.
I think a couple of my articles may come in handy here:
- how to enter the router settings: https://pcpro100.info/kak-zayti-v-nastroyki-routera/
- why can't I go to the router settings: https://pcpro100.info/kak-zayti-na-192-168-1-1-pochemu-ne-zahodit-osnovnyie-prichinyi/
1. How to find out the address of the router settings and enter them?
The easiest option is to also look at the connection properties. To do this, go to the Network and Sharing Center (the article above describes how to do this). Go to the properties of our wireless connection through which the Internet is accessed.
Figure: 11. Wireless network – information about it.
Then we click on the tab 'details' (as in Figure 12).
Figure: 12. Connection information
In the window that appears, look at the lines DNS / DHCP server. The address specified in these lines (in my case 192.168.1.1) is the address of the router settings (see Fig. 13).
Figure: 13. The address of the router settings is found!
Actually, then it remains only to go to this address in any browser and enter the standard password for access (just above in the article I gave links to my articles, where this moment is analyzed in great detail).
2. How to find out or change the password in the router
Let's assume that we have entered the router settings. Now it remains only to find out where the desired password is hidden in them. I will consider below a few of the most popular manufacturers of router models.
In TP-LINK, you need to open the Wireless section, then the Wireless Security tab, and opposite the PS K Password there will be the required network key (as in Fig. 14). By the way, recently there are more and more Russian firmware, where it is even easier to figure it out.
Figure: 14. TP-LINK – Wi-Fi connection settings.
D-LINK (300, 320 and other models)
In D-LINK it is also quite easy to view (or change) the password from the Wi-Fi network. Just open the Setup tab (Wireless Network, see Figure 15). At the very bottom of the page there will be a field for entering a password (Network key).
Figure: 15.D-LINK router
ASUS routers, basically, all come with Russian support, which means finding the right one is very easy. Section 'Wireless network', then open the 'General' tab, in the column 'Pre-shared WPA key' – and there will be a password (in Fig. 16 – the password from the 'mmm' network).
Figure: 16. ASUS router.
1. To enter the settings of the Rostelecom router, you need to go to 192.168.1.1, then enter the login and password: by default, 'admin' (without quotes, enter in both the login and password fields, then press Enter).
2. Then you need to go to the 'WLAN Settings -> Security' section. In the settings, opposite the 'WPA / WAPI password' item, click on the 'display …' link (see Fig. 14). You can also change your password here.
Figure: 14. Router from Rostelecom – password change.
Whichever router you have, in general, you should go to a section that looks like the following: WLAN settings or WLAN settings (WLAN means wireless network settings). Then replace or see the key, most often the name of this line is like: Network key, pass, passwowd, Wi-Fi password, etc.
A simple tip for the future: start a notebook or notebook and write down some important passwords and access keys to some services in it. It will also not be superfluous to write down the phone numbers that are important to you. The paper will be relevant for a long time (from personal experience: when the phone went off suddenly, it was left like 'no hands' – even the work 'got up …')!