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09-Sep-2006, 08:52 PM #1
Solved: Unable to find the WEP key on my home modem (which could nullify any extra cost).
Today, I bought a new Sony Vaio laptop and a wireless router. Upon returning home, I discovered that my 2WIRE modem already functions as a wireless router, but I need a WEP key to access the network. I'm not sure where to look to find this key, and I would appreciate any help. Finding this key would mean a refund on the sixty dollar router and would be greatly benificial.

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09-Sep-2006, 09:19 PM #2
well i am not the best at network problems but i do believe a Wep Key is about the same as a password. I am assuming when you try to get online with the laptop that it is calling for the wep key?

Are you saying your modem is a dual modem/router?

If so you will need to find out how to get into its configuration.
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09-Sep-2006, 09:21 PM #3
maybe this link will provide some info to help

http://www.2wire.com/?p=72
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Yeah, the modem I already had at home was an external modem we received when we purchased our DSL package. And yes, when I try to connect to the wireless on my laptop, it's asking for a "network key (also called a WEP key or WPA key)". I'm not sure how to reconfigure the modem/router so I can find this WEP key.
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09-Sep-2006, 09:28 PM #5
Whoa! That worked perfectly. Thank you.

I feel a little foolish now.
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09-Sep-2006, 09:30 PM #6
i would check the above site for support for answers.

you could also try typing in admin when the laptop asks for the wep key. some router makers use thatn as a default.

it is possible that your ISP also put in a Wep Key and you might call them for help

There are ways to reset everything to default but i am not comfortable telling you how to do that because i would not want to risk it doing something that would disable the working computer.
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12-Sep-2006, 01:23 AM #7
2Wire Tip for anyone searching for answers in the future:

By default, 2Wire HomePortals have a network name of 2WIRExxx (xxx=the last 3 numbers of the serial number) and use the number in brackets [] below the serial number as the WEP key.

To change this information (64/128-bit WEP, WPA, etc) simply go to http://gateway.2wire.net > Home Network > Wireless Settings.

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