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Find wifi-password/ no wifi network shown

Discussion in 'Networking' started by chueh, Mar 27, 2019.

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  1. chueh

    chueh Thread Starter

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    I am trying to retrieve my wifi password on windows 10, but there is no wifi connection shown (see the screenshot. There is only ethernet present)
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    I do have wifi connection and am able to use my MacBook and Android phone, but why the wifi connection is not shown?

    Thanks
     
  2. lunarlander

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    Click on 'change adapter settings' on the left. Do you see Ethernet and Wi-Fi adapters ? If not, then your Wi-Fi is malfunctioning.
     
  3. chueh

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    I do have the wifi icon, but it says "Not Connected" with a red X next to it. How come I can still connect my wireless devices? Anyhow... What should I do to to make it working normally? Thanks,[​IMG]
     
  4. lunarlander

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    This is a laptop correct? On some laptops, there is a Wi-Fi button which you press to turn on Wi-Fi.
     
  5. plodr

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    Do you have an ethernet cable plugged in? If so, remove it. You can't connect by wire and wifi at the same time.

    Since my laptop is using wireless, my ethernet adapter has a red x, unlike your ZyXEL2.
     
  6. chueh

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    To lunalander, no the screenshot is from windows 10.
    To plods, Hm..... I have to use ethernet because of my voiceOverIP phone (Vonage). So... basically my wifi connection is not shown properly working is due to ethernet, correct? If that's not interfering my wifi-networking, then I should be OK, right? What can be the malfunctioning results in my case? (just want to know the heads-up). If nothing else, then perhaps I can leave it be???
     
  7. plodr

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    Yes. You can either use ethernet or wifi on a device but not both.
     
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    Probably true in this case, but not true in general.
     
  9. valis

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    Agreed. I have had MANY issues with my W10 machine overriding the wired connection to use the wireless; apparently it is a known issue with Dell. Eventually found a setting in bios that was enabling wireless over wired, but yes, they can and do run both concurrently.
     
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    Since I don't run 10, this has never happened to any computer I've owned or currently own. It is one or the other connection but not both.
     
  11. valis

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    To be honest plodr, Ive had W7 and XP machines do this as well. That said, they have all been in enterprise situations; I run wired at the house so have never run into it outside of work.
     
  12. Couriant

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    I think that it would be one or the other if it's on the same domain as I have seen here where if the user's laptop is connected to Ethernet (whether direct or through a dock) then it takes precedence over wireless. Once off the dock/ethernet, wireless kicks in.

    Having said that, the OP was asking to retrieve the wireless password, so the question is, what is he connecting to
     
  13. lunarlander

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    I don't remember seeing an unhide password option in Windows. Maybe check on your cell phone, I think Android 8 has the option to show password option.
     
  14. TerryNet

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    Depends on the version of Windows. I can show it (called "Network security key") on Windows 8.1.
     
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    I'm pretty sure Windows 10 does not have this. Windows 7 does.
     
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