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Network authentication: Help please.

Discussion in 'Networking' started by fly-fisher, Mar 30, 2008.

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  1. fly-fisher

    fly-fisher Thread Starter

    Jan 12, 2008
    This is really dumb, but my wife is the computer person. My parents are visiting and I want my Dad's laptop to connect to my wireless network. Our network is WPA encrypted and I have no idea what the network authentication and key actually are. My laptop saves the settings for me.

    My question is how do I "tell" my Dad's computer these settings so that he can connect?

  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    You have to know what the WPA key is, or you can't "tell" the other computer anything.

    You can simply re-enter the WPA key and remember it this time. You'll have to reconnect to the router with your laptop, then you can connect the other one using the same WPA key.

    FWIW, I normally write the encryption key on a label and stick it to the bottom of the router. Anyone that has physical access to my router obviously has access to my network and computers anyway.
  3. skinnywhiteboy


    Jan 26, 2001
    Very good advice. But since your wife is the computer person, and most likely set it up, is that any chance she would know it?
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