Keeping your router password protected is very essential and changing the password regularly are essential keys to protecting your network and your data. Changing your password also keeps cheap neighbors from stealing your network! In this guide, I’m going to share with you the methods How to change WiFi password on your wireless router
Most of us are familiar with our wireless network and often use it daily at home or the office. If you want to secure your wireless network, a password must be set to prevent unauthorized users from accessing it. Therefore, only users with the correct password can access the network and use the Internet.
However, for some reason, you will need to change your WiFi password because you forgot it, or you shared it with some people and now you don’t want them to use it anymore. Thus, I wrote this guide to help you learn how to change your WiFi password on your wireless router, no matter what model it is, or what device you are using.
Steps How To Change WiFi Password On Your Wireless Router
1. Open your router’s address
You can access your router’s address page through a web browser on your computer connected to your network. If you can’t connect via Wi-Fi because you don’t know the password, use an Ethernet cable to connect your computer directly to the router. This will bypass the need for the Wi-Fi password.
- Standard router addresses are 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1, 192.168.2.1, or 10.0.1.1 (Apple). Enter the address into your browser’s address bar.
- If none of the above addresses grant you access to the configuration page, open the Command Prompt by pressing the Windows key + R and entering cmd. Once the Command Prompt opens, type ipconfig and press Enter. Look for your active connection in the list and find the Default Gateway address. This is typically your router address.
- If all else fails, press and hold the Reset button on your router for about 30 seconds to revert it to factory default settings. Then, look up the default address for that router model and enter it into your browser.
- Some routers come with configuration software. If you’ve previously installed your configuration software, you can use that instead of the web browser interface.
2. Enter your router’s username and password.
Every router will require a username and password before you can access the innards. If you never changed this when you first configured the router, chances are the username is “admin” or “userAdmin” and the password is “admin”, “password” or your current Wi-Fi’s password. Of course this varies from model to model, so you should search your model online to see your exact login info.
- If you’ve changed the login in the past and since forgot it, or received the router as a hand-me-down and the previous owner didn’t reset it, you’ll need to press and hold the Reset button on the router for about 30 seconds. This will reset the settings to default, allowing you to log in with the default username and password.
3. Open the Wireless section.
Once you are logged into your router, you will need to find the Wireless section of the configuration page but generally you are looking for a “Wireless” or “Wireless Settings/Setup” tab or button to make changes to your password.
- If you are having difficulty locating the “Wireless” or “Wireless Settings/Setup” tab or button, open the Wireless Security page.
4. Choose a strong password.
Look for the box labeled “Password”, “Passphrase” or “Shared Key”. Enter your new password into this box. Some routers will ask that you type the password again to ensure that you entered it correctly.
- Try to create a strong password that would be difficult to guess. It should not be related to anything personal, and should include random cases letters, numbers, and special characters such as “!”, “$” and “#”.
- A strong password is usually at least 8 characters long.
5. Check out your security type.
There are three main types of wireless encryption: WEP, WPA, and WPA2. For the most secure network, you should be using WPA2.
6. Customize your network name.
Take a moment to change your network name for easy recognition. The name should not include any personally information, as the name will be publicly broadcast. Network with default names are seen as easier hacking targets.
7. Don’t forget to save your settings.
Once you are done entering in your new password, click the Apply or Save button. The button’s location is different for every router, but is typically located at the top or bottom of the page. The router will take a few moments to process the change, at which point any devices currently connected would be disconnected.
- After your settings are changed, you can connect to your wireless network using your new password.
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