How to Convert Hex WEP Back to Text


WEP, or wired equivalent privacy, is a type of algorithmic security for networking devices such as routers and wireless access points. WEP communications encrypt traffic between a wireless router and a wireless device and require knowledge of the key to log into the system. WEP keys are often represented and entered as hexadecimal values, meaning values in a base-16 numeric system with information represented by both letters and numbers. This key is often derived from a security password that is entered in plain text. If you know the hexadecimal WEP key you can convert it back to its original ASCII, or American Standard Code for Information Interchange, text format.

  • Visit the website and click "Projects," then "WEP Key Converter." Type your hexadecimal key into the "Hex Key" box and your ASCII key will be displayed in the text box below it.

  • Navigate to the website and press "Ctrl" and "F" to open a "Find" window. Search for "ASCII2HEX" without quotes and click the link that says "here" to open the utility. Type your hexadecimal key in the bottom field, labeled "Hexadecimal Value," and then click "Convert It" to display your text key.

  • Visit and click "JavaScript." Click "WEP-Key Converter" at the bottom of the page, then type your hexadecimal key in the "HEX" field on the page. Click "HEX > ASCII" to convert the hexadecimal value back to plain ASCII text.

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