One of the best ways to keep your WiFi secure in order not to be hacked by desperate people who want to use internet for free us to change the password regularly. Changing the password helps you reset the device and anyone who uses the old password will have to go through pain to get the new one unless you give it to them freely.
The vast majority of us use Wi-Fi every day as it allows us to use the internet of a variety of devices anywhere in our home. With security becoming more and more of a concern with each passing year, making sure that your password is solid is very important.
Your Wi-Fi router comes with a default network name and password. Often, both are printed on the case of the router itself. Changing your default network name gives you a chance to use something more personalized than “NETGEAR30” or “Linksys.” You could also use a password that’s easier to remember. To do all this, you’ll need to access your router’s administrative interface. And to do that, you’ll first need to find your router’s local IP address on your network. Here’s how to change your WiFi password.
How to change your WiFi password
You’ll need to make your way into your router’s settings for this. You can access your router directly from your web browser by typing in your router’s local IP address. The standard address is ‘192.168.1.1’ but this will vary depending on the make and model of your router.
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If you’re having trouble accessing your router through a browser, have a look at the make and model online and you’ll be able to find out how to get to it.
BT routers for example can be accessed by entering ‘192.168.1.254’ into the address bar.
To gain access to your router you will need to enter the username and password for the administrator. This should not be confused with your Wi-Fi password, which grants devices access to your Wi-Fi network. The administrator username and password will let you change the more sensitive settings on your router.
If you don’t know what your Administrator username or password is, you will find it printed on your router along with your default Wi-Fi password.
Once you log into your router head into your Wireless settings. These options will differ slightly from router to router again, but you will be able to find the option to change your Wi-Fi password. To change your Wi-Fi password, look for settings named something like “password,” “passphrase,” “wireless key,” or “WPA-PSK key.” Different routers use different names. Make the change here, and change it to something memorable. We recommend using a fairly long wireless password.
It doesn’t have to be hugely complicated, but if you can include a few capital letters and numbers, that will go a long way to improving the strength of the password.
After entering your new Wi-Fi network password, you’ll need to click “Apply”, “Save”, or a similarly named button to save your settings.
If you’re connected to your router’s web interface over Wi-Fi, your device will disconnect as the router shuts down its old Wi-Fi network and brings up a new one. Some routers need to restart themselves entirely to apply new settings, so you may lose the connection to the router even if you’re on a wired connection.
After the router settings change, you’ll need to reconnect all your wireless devices to the newly named wireless network and provide the new Wi-Fi password. Your devices won’t be able to connect until you do so.
Though this method is easy to use, it may vary from router to router.
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