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How do I find the SSID number on my router so I can add the

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How do I find the SSID number on my router so I can add the booster/adapter to another home computer. The connectivity is really low in other parts of the house. Bought the adapter but it is asking for this info to connect to the router. Thanks!
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Networking
Expert:  Mr. Clark replied 6 years ago.
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If you have a Windows XP or Vista machine that is **already wirelessly connected** to the wireless network:

If you have an XP/Vista computer that is already connected wirelessly to the wireless network, download the WirelessKeyView application (HERE). Download and save the zip file to your Desktop location.

Once downloaded, go to your Desktop, right click and extract the zip to folder. Go into that folder.

Now double click the WirelessKeyView (the second one, without the ? mark in the icon)

It will bring up a screen that looks like this:

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The first field Network Name is the SSID. The Key field(s) is the security key.

If you have a Windows 7 machine that is **already wirelessly connected** to the wireless network:

From the Windows 7 computer that is already connected wirelessly to the wireless network, go to Start -> Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center -> Manage Wireless Network -> double click on the wireless network (the wireless network is your SSID) -> go to the Security tab -> check the Show Password box.

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The Network security key is your network key.

Update me on the results.

If neither method works, we can take another route.

Feel free to ask any questions, as I am here to assist you.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Tried it all and it still didn't work. Have other possible solutions?
Expert:  Mr. Clark replied 6 years ago.
#1 - What was the error message you got?

#2 - What is the make and model of your router?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

There was nothing listed in the keyview. The image was as you noted in your original response, however, it was blank - no info.

 

The router is a Linksys, model # XXXXX ver. 4

Expert:  Mr. Clark replied 6 years ago.
Okay, and the machine that you opened WirelessKeyView on is currently wirelessly connected to the wireless network you are trying to get the information from, correct?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
That is correct
Expert:  Mr. Clark replied 6 years ago.
Okay, let's try a different route.

Go to Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt

Type in ipconfig and press enter

Tell me the Default Gateway
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
192.168.1.1
Expert:  Mr. Clark replied 6 years ago.
Open Internet Explorer, type in 192.168.1.1 in the address bar (not the search bar).

Leave the username blank. Use the password XXXXX admin

Go to the Wireless tab.

Your SSID will be listed here.

Go to the Wireless Security tab.

Your security key will be listed here.

Feel free to ask any questions, as I am here to assist you.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I get "401 Authorization Required" and a huge red screen telling me I am not authorized to access.
Expert:  Mr. Clark replied 6 years ago.
Okay, if you cannot access the default gateway (192.168.1.1), the only way you can access the router is to factory reset it and reconfigure it.

Connect a PC directly to one of the four ports on the back of the Linksys router via the ethernet cable.

With the power on your router, hold down the reset button on the back of the router with a paperclip for 60 consecutive seconds (if you release early start over) and then unplug power to the router and unplug power to the modem.

Turn on power to only your Linksys router. Wait 60 seconds.

Now open Internet Explorer and type in 192.168.1.1 in the address bar and press enter.

Leave the username blank and use the password XXXXX admin

Go to the Wireless tab.

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Name your network something other than what it was previously named.

After setting up the name of your network, press Save Settings at the bottom.

Now go to the Wireless Security subtab.

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In this screen, you will be able to configure your wireless security as you would like.

For simplicity and compatiblity, I would use the following settings:

Security Mode: WEP
Default Transmit Key: 1
WEP Encryption: 64 bit 10 hex digits
Passphrase: <leave blank>
Key 1: <enter a 10 digit number> --- This is your network security key.
Key 2: <leave blank>
Key 3: <leave blank>
Key 4: <leave blank>

Click Save Settings at the bottom of the page. Wait 30 seconds.

Disconnect your PC (if it is wireless) from your router.

Unplug power from your modem and router. Wait 60 seconds.

Plug in power to only your modem. Wait 60 seconds.

Plug in power to only your Linksys router. Wait 60 seconds.

See if you can get online now.

You will need to reconnect all wireless devices to the new network you created with the new security key you created.

From here, you can use the SSID & Security Key you created to connect your boosters.

Update me on the results. Feel free to ask any questions, as I am here to assist you.

(Some versions of the router will require you to select a Manual configuration here).

From here you can name your network (SSID).