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Wireless Key Recovery

Discussion in 'Tech Support' started by Tsen, 6 Jan 2008.

  1. Tsen

    Tsen Steeped In Romance

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    So, uh, I feel smart today.
    I went out and got a wireless router a few months ago, because I was sick of stealing my neighbor's connection (he has pretty unreliable service :p ) Anyway, so when I set it up, I wanted to make sure people couldn't crack into it. Obviously, WEP was out, so I instead used WPA2 with AES. And, you guessed it, forgot the password. I can still use the connection on my Vista install, but I just reinstalled Ubuntu, and I need the key to get online in Linux. I know I can't brute force it, I made the password way too long, and with too many special characters. That would be a waste of time anyway--I know the key's still on the Vista install, I just can't access it.

    Anyway, does anybody know of a method to recover the key from the windows install? Is there a registry key somewhere or anything? Or am I just going to have to reset the router and redo all the settings?

    EDIT: Nevermind, found a tool here that worked fine.
     
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  2. dragon2309

    dragon2309 techie

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    surely you could just hook up a laptop to the router directly with an ethrnet cable and edit the WPA key... or am i being dumb as well?
     
  3. Glider

    Glider /dev/null

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    Just log into the router and look for the key? I doubt it's hashed...

    But I have a feeling you switched some facts, and you can't access your neighbours router.
     
  4. Tsen

    Tsen Steeped In Romance

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    Can't, I didn't know what I set the username as. As it turns out, the router defaulted and reset the username/pw to default, and I'm trying to figure out why. WRT54G, for the record--anybody else had that problem before? (The key is still the same, only the username and password for directly accessing it were back to default)

    And yes, I do own the router. See:
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  5. C-Sniper

    C-Sniper Stop Trolling this space Ądmins!

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    you could always hack onto the network, thats what i do for when im at a friends house.
     
  6. culley

    culley What's a Dremel?

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    Just reset the router, there should be a pinhole at the back.
     
  7. Tsen

    Tsen Steeped In Romance

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    Okay, first off, the problem's already solved. Second, I couldn't hack in, because it's WPA2. I don't know if it's even possible to hack WPA2 (I know WPA can, but I know it's complicated and I never bothered to learn how). WEP, sure, but I'm not stupid enough to use WEP on my wireless network. And I didn't want to reset the router, because I'd lose all my settings for port forwarding and performance tweaks.
     
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