Chances are you have a Wi-Fi network at home page, or live cthua kém to one (or more) that tantalizingly pops up in a danh sách whenever you boot up your máy tính or look at the phone.

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The problem is, if there"s a loông xã next to lớn the network name (AKA the SSID, or service set identifier), that indicates security is activated. Without a password or passphrase, you"re not going to lớn get access to lớn that network, or the sweet, sweet internet that goes with it.

Perhaps you forgot the password on your own network, or don"t have sầu neighbors willing to tóm tắt the Wi-Fi goodness. Pre COVID-19, you could just go to lớn a café, buy a latte, anduse the "free" Wi-Fi there (vaccines willing, maybe you"ll bởi it again soon). Download an ứng dụng for your phone lượt thích WiFi-Map (available for iOS & Android), and you"ll have sầu a menu of millions of hotspots with không lấy phí Wi-Fi for the taking (including some passwords for locked Wi-Fi connections if they"re shared by any of the app"s users).

However, there are other ways khổng lồ get baông chồng on the wireless. Some require such extreme patience that the café idea, even in quarantine, is going lớn look pretty good. Read on if you can"t wait.


Windows Commands lớn Get the Key

This triông chồng works to lớn recover a Wi-Fi network password (AKA network security key) only if you"ve previously attached to lớn the Wi-Fi in question using that very password. In other words, it only works if you"veforgottemãng cầu previously used password.

It works because Windows 8 and 10 create a profile of every Wi-Fi network to lớn which you connect. If you tell Windows khổng lồ forget the network, then it also forgets the password. In that case, this won"t work. But few people ever explicitly vày that.

It requires that you go inkhổng lồ aWindows Command Prompt with administrative privileges. Clichồng the Star Menu, type "cmd" (no quotes), and the menu will show Commvà Prompt; right-cliông xã that entry và select Run as administrator. That"ll open the blaông chồng box full of text with the prompt inside—it"s the line with a right-facing arrow at the kết thúc, probably something likeC:WINDOWSsystem32>. A blinking cursor will indicate where you type. Start with this:

netsh wlan show profile
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The results will bring up a section called User Profiles—those are all the Wi-Fi networks (aka WLANs, or wireless local area networks) you"ve sầu accessed và saved. Piông xã the one you want to get the password for, highlight it, and copy it. At the prompt below, type the following, but replace the Xs with the network name you copied; you only need the quotation marks if the network name has spaces in it, like "Cup o Jo Cafe."

netsh wlan show profile name="XXXXXXXX" key=clear

In the new data that comes up, look under Security Settings for the line Key Content. The word displayed is the Wi-Fi password/key you are missing.

On macOS, open up the Spotlight tìm kiếm (Cmd+Space) and type terminal to get the Mac equivalent of a commvà prompt. Type the following, replacing the Xs with the network name.

security find-generic-password -wa XXXXX

Reset the Router

This isn"t for getting on someone else"s Wi-Fi in the apartment next door. You need physical access lớn the router for this to lớn work. But, before you bởi vì a fullrouterrephối simply lớn get on your own Wi-Fi, try tolog into the routerfirst. From there, you can easily rephối your Wi-Fi password/key if you"ve forgotten it.

That"s not possible if you don"t know the password for the router. (The Wi-Fi password & router password are not the same—unless you went out of your way to assign the same password to both). Resetting the router only works if you have access via Wi-Fi (which we"ve sầu just established you don"t have) or physically, utilizing an Ethernet cable.

If you"ve sầu got a router that came from your mạng internet service provider (ISP), kiểm tra the stickers on the unit before a reset—the ISP might have sầu printed the SSID & network security key right on the hardware.

Or use the nuclear option: Almost every router in existence has a recessedreset button. Push it with a pen or unfolded paperclip, hold it for about 10 seconds, và the router will rephối to lớn the factory settings.

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Once a router is reset, you"ll need that other username/password full bộ to access the router itself. Again, vị this via a PC attached lớn the router via Ethernet—resetting the router probably killed any potential Wi-Fi connection for the moment. The actual access is typically done with a web browser, though many routers và mesh systems now can be controlled via an tiện ích.

Some routers may also have sầu a sticker with that mặc định Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and network security key (password) so you can indeed go bachồng on the Wi-Fi after a remix.

The URL khổng lồ type into the browser to lớn access a router"s settings is typically 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1, or some variation. Try them randomly; that generally works. To determine which one on a PC connected to lớn the router via Ethernet, open a commvà prompt và type ipconfig. Look aý muốn the gobbledygook for an IPv4 Address, which will start with 192.168. The other two spaces, called octets, are going khổng lồ be different numbers between 0 và 255. cảnh báo the third octet (probably a 1 or 0). The fourth is specific to the PC you"re using to lớn log inkhổng lồ the router.

In the browser, type 192.168.x.1, replacing the X with the number you found in the ipconfig search. The 1 in the last octet should point at the router—it"s the number one device on the network. (For full details, read How to Access Your Wi-Fi Router"s Settings.)

At this point, the router should then ask for that username & password (which, again, is probably not the same as the Wi-Fi SSID and network security key). Chechồng your manual, assuming you didn"t throw it away, or go lớn RouterPasswords.com, which exists for one reason: khổng lồ tell people the mặc định username/password on every router ever created. You"ll need the router"s mã sản phẩm number in some cases, but not all.

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You will quickly discern a pattern among muốn router makers of utilizing the username of "admin" và a password of "password," so feel không tính phí khổng lồ try those first. Since most people are lazy and don"t change an assigned password, you could try those options even before hitting the remix button. (But c"mon, you"re better than that.) Once you"re in the Wi-Fi settings, turn on the wireless network(s) và assign strong-but-easy-to-reCall passwords. After all, you don"t want to nội dung with neighbors without your permission.

Make that Wi-Fi password easy lớn type on a Smartphone device, too. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to get a smartphone connected khổng lồ Wi-Fi with some cryptic, impossible to key-in-via-thumbs nonsense, even if it is the most secure password you"ve ever created.

Craông chồng the Code

You didn"t come here because the headline said "remix the router," though. You want to lớn know how to craông xã the password on a Wi-Fi network.

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Searching on "wi-fi password haông chồng," or other variations, nets you a lot of links—mostly for software on sites where the adware and bots and scams pour like snake oil. The same goes for the many, many YouTube videos promising you ways to craông chồng a password by visiting a certain trang web on your phone.

Download those programs or visit those sites at your own risk, knowing many are phishing scams at best. We recommover using a PC you can afford to lớn mess up a bit if you go that route. When I tried it, multiple tools were thankfully outright deleted by myantivirusbefore I could even try lớn run the EXE installation tệp tin.