Looking to Change Your WiFi Password?
Yes, Changing your Wi-Fi password every now and then is recommended for security measures. However, it isn’t entirely necessary to do it so often, unless you feel like someone is leaching your Wifi.
You can also use this method to change the default Wi-Fi network name and password that your router originally came with. It is also recommended to change for safety measures and also to set a password of your choice.
I mean seriously, who would wanna remember something like, d10@703tu80h#jf6
Wouldn’t it be simpler to use a password that’s easier to remember and type.
Here are the steps to do so. But first, you need to have these two things in place to change your Wifi Router Password.
- The IP address of your Wi-Fi router.
- Your current Router username and password.
How to Change Wi-Fi Name and Password
Note: You have to be connected in the same network that you are trying to access.
1. Open your Router’s Configuration Page
Open your web browser and request a connection to the router via its IP address.
Usually, in most cases, the routers are manufactured to use a default address such as 126.96.36.199, 192.168.1.1, or 192.168.2.1.
For example, type http://192.168.2.1 in your browser address bar to connect to a router that has 192.168.2.1 as its IP address.
If you aren’t sure of your Router IP address, make sure to check on the bottom or side if the router. It’s usually written there.
2. Type in your Router Username and Password
Next, log in with your Router username and password. The default login credentials are usually the administrator access to your Router.
You can also find your login details on the bottom or side of the router itself.
However, if you have changed your password and username in the past and can’t remember it. Press and Hold the reset button for around 30 seconds.
Once the settings are reset, use your default original username and password to login.
3. Locate Wireless Section
Once you are logged in, find the “Wireless” or “Wireless Security” settings which are usually located on the top left corner. The name generally differs from manufacturers.
Open Wireless Security.
4. Change your WiFi Password
In the Wi-Fi password box, enter your new desired combination. In most case, you will be asked to enter it twice to make sure you have got it right.
Use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters (@#$%^&*) and make it around 6-8 characters to make it more secure.
Once set, click on “Save” button to make the changes.
5. Change your WiFi Name
On settings, locate an option labeled as either “WiFi name” or “SSID”. Click on it, enter your new WiFi name, and hit the Save button.
Tips for Good WiFi Names
If you didn’t use to pay much attention to your Wi-Fi name, you should. Why? Because, it fun.
There are many cool and funny wifi names. To name a few such as- “Thou shall not Covet Neighours Wifi”, “It hurts when IP” “Stop Stealing my Wifi”, etc
Seriously here are a few characteristics of a Good WiFi Names
- Don’t use any personal information such as your address, pet or family name, birthday.
- Don’t pretend to be a public hotspot such as “Starbucks”, Macdonalds” “Library”, you know what I mean. It will only attract people who are looking for free internet access.
Check your Security Settings
You must have seen these Wireless Security Protocols: WEP, WPA, WPA2, and WPA3 on your settings option.
So, which one do i choose from? What do they exactly mean?
Without going into much detail, choosing which security protocol to use for your wireless network can impact your security.
In short, WPA2 is what you want to choose for your device, if possible.
WPA2 implements and features all the latest security standards with government-grade data encryption.
If you didn’t already know, all Wi-Fi certified products are compelled and must use WPA2 security since 2006.
Follow the steps to change your Security Option:
- Select Wireless.
- Under the Security Options, select the WPA2 option.
Still Can’t Change your Wi-Fi Password?
The above steps should do, but if the above methods didn’t seem to work for you.
You can either look for manual instruction or contact the router manufacturer customer service helpline.
Note: Once a new password is changed, all previously connected devices will be disconnected and prompt to enter the new password to reconnect them.