Are you looking on how to change your WiFi password? Don’t worry, it’s a very simple process and I will guide your though it.
When you purchase a WiFi Router, you will be provided a default Network Name and default Password for logging in to your router. Generally, the default Network Name and Password is mentioned on the Router itself by the manufacturer of the Router. You can also find the default Network Name and Password of your Router in the User Manual of the Router.
Now, if you want to change the default Network Name and rename it to the name of your choice, you can do it after logging in to the router’s Admin Interface. You can also change the default Password in the same manner. As I mentioned earlier, you should log in to the Admin Interface of the router. But, first we need to figure out the way to get access to your Admin Interface. You will have to find the local IP address of the router on your PC.
Step 1: How to find the Local IP Address of the Router
When you purchase a router, the manufacturer of the router provides a Web-based Admin Interface which you would be able to access on your browser using the local IP address of the router. So, the first step in the process of changing your default Network Name and WiFi Password is to know your IP address.
Every router manufacturer provides unique admin interface to log in to the device. The easiest way to find out the information on Admin Interface is from the Instruction/User Manual of the Router.
The most common way to access the Admin Interface is using the browser and it would be advisable to access it using your PC/Laptop as accessing it on your mobile/smartphone/tablets might not always be user-friendly.
If you have a Windows PC, the easiest method to find your local IP address of the router is using the Command Prompt. You can open the “RUN” box by pressing together the Windows button + “R” button on the keyboard. After opening the “RUN” box, type CMD and press ENTER. The Command Prompt is now open. In the Command Prompt, type “ipconfig” and press “ENTER”. The IP Configuration of your Network will be displayed in the Command Prompt Window. You can see the router’s IP address mentioned to the right of the “Default Gateway” entry.
If you are using MacOS, you should click on the Apple Menu and select “System Preferences” and then, click the “Network” icon on the System Preferences window. From the available Networks, click on your WiFi or Wired Ethernet Connection and click on “Advanced”. Now, you can select the “TCP/IP” tab and you will be able to find the Router’s address to the right of “Router”.
Step 2: How to access the Router’s Admin Interface
After finding the local IP Address of the router, it’s time now to log into the Admin Interface of the router on your browser. Start by opening a browser on your PC and type the IP address in the address field of the browser and press Enter.
The Login Page of the router’s Admin Interface will open. You will have to enter the Username and Password of the router. The default username and password to log into the Admin Interface can be found on the router or the user manual of the router.
The common default password combinations are as under:
- Username: admin Password: admin
- Username: admin Password: (blank)
- Username: (blank) Password: admin
If your router’s password was set to a password other than the default password earlier and if you are not able to remember it, you will have to reset the router to reset the password to its default setting.
Step 3: How to change the Wi-Fi Network Name and Password
After getting into the Admin Interface of the router, you will have to click on the WiFi/Wireless Settings Tab in which you will see a field called SSID or Network Name. The SSID or Network Name is the name of your WiFi which reflects on the user’s device while searching for WiFi network. You can change the SSID or Network Name by entering the required name in this field.
You will also see a field called Password / Wireless Key / WPA-PSK Key depending on the router’s configuration. You can enter the required password in this field to set your new password and save the new settings. You must use a secure password to ensure that no unknown person gets into your WiFi network.
Once you have changed your Network Name and WiFi Password, your WiFi connected devices will get disconnected and when searching for the WiFi network, your devices will not show the new Network Name. You will have to select the new Network Name and enter the new Password to connect your device with the WiFi.