Figuring out which is my Wi-Fi?

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Figuring out which is my Wi-Fi?

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Our daughter received a tablet for Christmas and I am trying to figure out which wireless network connection is mine.

Can someone help me figure this out?  For example there is a Wi-Fi  network that shows up on her new tablet named "MWXG1".  The strength bars say "Excellent".  Is that my wireless network connection here at my home? 

I have a Verizon "MI424WR" router. 

 

Thanks and Merry Christmas!  

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Thanks everyone. I got what I needed from my TV remote.

Depressed menu, then network and it showed me my password and username.

 

Happy New year!

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The default SSID (ESSID) of your router is printed on the service label.

 

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The "SSID" is the network name.  You'll also need the passphrase to connect  There are several options to learn how your network is setup:

 

  • Look at the label on the router for the WiFi SSID and passphrase.
  • Login to "My Verizon," it will report the SSID and the passphrase.
  • If you have FiOS TV, use the network settings wizard and it will show the SSID and passphrase.

The best thing you can do is:

  1. Click http://192.168.1.1 to connect directly to your router.
  2. Login using the user name "admin" and the router password from the label (note this is not the WiFi passphrase).
  3. Go to the WiFi settings and change the SSID to something you'll remember.  It can be anything, although I suggest avoiding names like "Smith Family".
  4. Set the security to WPA2 if it isn't already chosen (this is under advanced settings).
  5. Choose your own passphrase.  It doesn't have to be a random set of characters.

Enjoy your new toys!

 

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gs0b,

Regarding your Step 2 and the router password from my label:

 

Which of the following is the router password?

 

WEP KEY:

WPS PIN:

WAN MAC:

 

Thanks for your detailed post.

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None of those. 

 

Assuming you have a rev. I (you didn't say), it should be on the first line which should read:

Actiontec rev. I  User name: admin  Password:  whatever

 

Enter the user name in the user name field.

Enter the password in the password field of the Actiontec login page.

The password is case sensitive.

Ignore any extra dots that appear as you type the password.

 

 

 

 

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The first line on my router reads: ActionTec MI424-WR Rev. F

 

 

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Try the serial number of the router as the admin password.

 

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Thanks everyone. I got what I needed from my TV remote.

Depressed menu, then network and it showed me my password and username.

 

Happy New year!

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@boeingdesigner wrote:

gs0b,

Regarding your Step 2 and the router password from my label:

 

Which of the following is the router password?

 

WEP KEY:

WPS PIN:

WAN MAC:

 

Thanks for your detailed post.



None of them.

 

WPS pin?  I didn't think Verizon routers had WPS active.  WPS is an easy way to configure your devices, but can be a security whole as well.  WPS PIN on a router is specifically the security hole as it can easily be broken.  WPS button is a technique that is still reasonably secure as its only active for a short time for a single configuration when you press it.

 

Some of the new routers have a password listed.  Older ones from Verizon use either

 

password

password1

serial number of the router.

or ask you to create one when you first logon

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I am having the same problem with my new tablet in selecting a WiFi network.  My Verizon router says ESSID.  For the WiFi network on my tablet I have tried entering ESSID and SSID for the network name in both caps and lower case.  The tablet says "cannot find this network".  I have my User ID from the router and my password but I can't get past the network name.

 

John Sly

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