Wireless passphrase

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http://askubuntu.com – I installed a new wireless modem today. Like expected, I had to enter the passphrase/password for me to access it from my Windows computer. However, when I went to set up my wife's system LUBUNTU 12.04, it connected to the modem without incident (I didn't have to enter a passphrase/password). The other modem was disconnected, and powered off, so that isn't an issue. I was able to browse the Internet just fine on LUBUNTU. My ISP's Tech Support confirmed the modem was set up as a secure network. Why didn't LUNUNTU ask for the passphrase/password like it did with the old modem? The SSIDs a (HowTos)