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When linux boots, it will ask your for a username and password. That's not related to your network but your system.
On Linux (and some other operating systems) the system has different users and a password for each of them.
By default Slackware has one user (there're others, but we won't discuss that here) and it's called root. When you're installing Slackware it asks you to set a password for root not for network. So next time you boot, you should enter root as username and that password.
After login as root you could enter a password for your network connection (of course, if you need it, like ADSL with PPPoE), but that can't be done before installing.