Chances are you have a Wi-Fi network at trang chính, or live cthất bại to one (or more) that tantalizingly pops up in a các mục whenever you boot up your máy tính xách tay 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 mix identifier), that indicates security is activated. Without a password or passphrase, you"re not going khổng lồ get access khổng lồ 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 lớn tóm tắt the Wi-Fi goodness. You could just go to lớn a café, buy a latte, anduse the "free" Wi-Fi there. Download an phầm mềm for your phone lượt thích WiFi Map (available for iOS and Android), & you"ll have sầu a các mục of millions of hotspots with free 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 to get baông chồng on the wireless. Some require such extreme patience that the café idea is going to lớn look pretty good. Read on if you can"t wait.
Windows Commands lớn Get the Key
This trichồng works to recover a Wi-Fi network password (AKA network security key) only if you"veforgottena previously used password.
It works because Windows creates a profile of every Wi-Fi network to lớn which you connect. If you tell Windows lớn forget the network, it also forgets the password. In that case, this won"t work. But few people ever explicitly bởi vì that.
It requires that you go inkhổng lồ aWindows Comm& Prompt with administrative privileges. Click the Star Menu, type "cmd" (no quotes), và the thực đơn will show a Comm& Prompt; right-cliông chồng that entry & select Run as administrator. That"ll open the black box full of text with the prompt inside—it"s the line with a right-facing arrow at the end, probably something likeC:WINDOWSsystem32>. A blinking cursor will indicate where you type. Start with this:netsh wlan show profile
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 accessed and saved. Piông chồng the one you want to lớn get the password for, highlight it, và 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, lượt thích "Cup o Jo Cafe."netsh wlan show protệp tin 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 or key you are missing. (If you don"t like the command line, there"s third-buổi tiệc nhỏ password recovering software like Cain và Abel or WirelessKeyView that can help you bởi vì the same thing.)
On macOS, open up the Spotlight search (Cmd+Space) và type Terminal to get the Mac equivalent of a command prompt. Type the following, replacing the Xs with the network name.