The network security key is not something you hear every day; however, it is actually related to one of the few things that play a very important role in our daily lives.
The network security key is more commonly known as the Wi-Fi or wireless network. It is the password that you use to connect to a wireless network.
Each Wi-Fi device comes with a preset password which you can also change later on by yourself. Setting a password on your wireless router helps you keep your network safe and secure.
You’ll be safe from unwanted intruders who could access your personal information once they’re connected to the same device.
Despite the important role that Wi-Fi and the Internet play in our life, it is very common to forget this key. The preset key on your device is generally very difficult to remember and usually, once you have entered it on one device, you don’t have to enter it again. So, there is a high chance of you forgetting it.
Types of Security Keys
There are 2 most common types of network keys that are used to verify the authenticity of the user. These include:
- Wired equivalent privacy
- Wi-Fi protected access (WPA1 and 2)
How to Find Your Password On Your Router
The security key of the router is generally mentioned on the back of the hardware.
It is clearly marked as the security key or password.
You can also find it from the manual that comes with it or also by logging online to its default setting.
How to Find Security Key for Windows
In the case of Windows-based laptops, “security key” refers to the password that will help us connect the laptop or desktop computer to the Wi-Fi network.
Basically, you’ll have to follow the following steps to find network security key:
- Click on the start menu and then select the setting option. Once you have done that, click on the network and internet option, and go on to select the network and sharing icon that appears.
- Once the icon has opened, select the Wi-Fi network which you want to connect to. In the Wi-Fi status options, you will find an option to select wireless properties.
- In this option, you’ll have to select the network security key option and then write your password. Press enter once you’re done.
- If you meet all the requirements, your windows will acquire the IP address and your device will be connected to the Wi-Fi.
- Your device is now connected to the Internet network. You’ll be able to access private information such as IP addresses and that’s where you’ll find network security key.
How to Find Network Security Key from an Already Connected Device
Once your device has connected to a particular Wi-Fi device, the password will automatically be saved.
If you want to find out the password from your device, you can do so by following these easy steps:
- Select the control panel icon on your computer and click on the Network and Internet option.
- Then you’ll have to select the managed wireless network options and click on the internet connection that you’re currently connected to.
- With the help of the mouse, right-click on the network and select the properties options. Once that has opened click on the security option.
- Then select the “Show Characters” option to find out your network security key.
What Is Meant by Network Security Key Mismatch?
As briefly mentioned before in this post, connecting your electronic device to a wireless router requires a password.
If you fail to enter the exact password – character by character – you’ll end up facing a Network Security Key Mismatch. This can be due to the slightest of errors; we all know how passwords are case-sensitive.
If you miss a single letter or forget to turn the caps lock on, the Wi-Fi network will not be able to connect to it and show it as a key mismatch.
What you’ll have to do then is to find out what your actual password is by any of the above-mentioned options. This will work in most cases. If in the end, this does not work then the only option left would be to call your Internet Service Provider.
They’ll ask you a set of questions and then provide you with a new password. Make sure to write it down somewhere and keep it safe. We don’t want any intruders to have access to your private network.