Why is - both diffitult to locate the NETWORK SECURITY KEY, so that I can use my printer on the network which is much safer to use WiFi.  The router shows all sorts of numbers, but none of them can be identified as a NETWORK SECURITY KEY.  Why is it so hard to find?  If it is not on the router what else I can do.  The router displays the NETWORK NAME, NETWORK PASSWORD, BUT this is the key to network security.  Why is this such a puzzle, and why not just the router shows the NETWORK SECURITY KEY?  Can someone help me with this?  Thank you.



The network security key is the password used by the network to authenticate access.

It is the pop-up window you see when you try to access a secure network.

It is not a number, it is a set of characters - and WiFi, they are associated with the SSID of the network you are trying to access.

On newer routers, there is usually a sticker (or a card that comes with the router) that contains the default SSID and password.

There is no way that we can find for you, because it is internal to your router.

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