Have you ever been worried about your personal information being exploited because your Wi-Fi isn't secure enough? Keeping your router password protected and changing the password regularly are essential keys to protecting your network and your data.
Your Wi-Fi router comes with a default network name and password, and both are often printed on the router itself. But you can change the name and password to anything you want in just a few clicks.
Changing your default network name gives you a chance to use something more personalized than “NETGEAR-DualBand-N” or “Linksys” or “TP-LINK_8B1E44”. You could also use a password that’s easier to remember.
1. Open your router's configuration page & enter your router's username and password
Standard router addresses are 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1, 192.168.2.1, or 10.0.1.1 (Apple) or 10.0.0.1 (Xfinity). Enter the address into your browser's address bar.
If none of the above addresses grant you access to the configuration page, follow this guide to find out your router's address: How To Find Your Router IP Address.
If all else fails, you have to reset your router (Recover Router Password). 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. Open the Wireless section
Note: If your "Wireless Settings" section has multiple subsections, open the Wireless Security or Security page.
3. Change the name (SSID) and/or password
Look for the box labeled "Password", "Passphrase" or "Shared Key". You can 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 if not impossible to guess. It should not be related to anything personal, and should include a liberal amount of numbers, random cases, and special characters such as "!", "$" and "#".
- A strong password is usually at least 8 characters long.
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. You may run into issues connecting older devices, however, in which case you could switch to WPA or WPA/WPA2.
- Selecting WEP is NOT recommended, as WEP encryption is very easy to break (it can take less than 30 minutes to crack a WEP password).
4. Save your settings
Once you are done entering 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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