If you suspect that cheap neighbors stealing your WiFi bandwidth, you can change the Wi-Fi password to something they won’t guess. Keeping your router password protected and changing the Wi-Fi password regularly are essential keys to protecting your data and network. To change your Wi-Fi password, you’ll need to open your router’s login page, log in using your current username and password, and change the password under the wireless setting menu.
In this tutorial, I am using NETGEAR router to show how to change Wi-Fi password easily. In case, you’re using different router, the process is same but you’ve to use your router login credential. If you don’t know, router’s login credential, you should use router default username and password.
How To Change Wi-Fi Password Easily
- Choose a Laptop/PC that is currently connected to your network by using Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable.
- Open any browser and go to router’s login page by typing IP address 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1, 192.168.2.1, 10.0.1.1 (Apple), or 10.0.0.1 (Xfinity) in address bar.
Note : If the above IP address doesn’t grant you access to router configuration page, Open Command Prompt by pressing Windows key + R and enter cmd. In Command Prompt, type ipconfig and press enter. The Default Gateway address is your current router IP address.
- Enter your router username and password and press Log In. If you never changed the router password, login with the default router username and password.
Note : If you’ve changed the router password in the past and since forgot it, you’ll need to press and hold the Reset button on the router for about 30 seconds.
- Once you’re logged into your router, you’ll need to find the Wireless section looks like “Wireless” or Wireless Setting/Setup” button.
- Find the box labeled “Password” or “Shared Key” and enter your new password. Try to create a strong password using numbers, random cases, and special characters. A strong password is usually at least 8 characters long.
- For the most secure Wi-Fi network, you should use WPA2 wireless encryption.
- You can also change your network name (SSID) because default names are seen as easier hacking targets.
- Now click the Apply or Save button. Done!