You may use your WiFi connection to login to the internet and control your home appliances and to stay with your loved ones connected. But if you keep your WiFi connection open for everyone what would happen. It would put your personal information and everything at a risk. It would also allow your cheap neighbors to steal your bandwidth! So what can we do? It’s simple. We can keep our WiFi network password protected and we can change it regularly. But how can we do that? This guide is for you.
Step 01: Open your router’s configuration page
You can access to your router’s configuration page using a web browser on a computer connected to the network.
- To do that type 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.2.1 in the web browser and press enter. If it is Apple type 10.0.1.1 or if it is Xfinity it’s 10.0.0.1.
- If you couldn’t access from none of these, then open the command prompt. To do this press (Windows Key + R). Type cmd and press enter. This will go to the command prompt. Type ipconfig and press enter. You can find the Default Gateway address in your active connection. Usually it is your router address.
- If you still couldn’t find your router’s default address, then reset it. To do that, press and hold the reset button on your router for 30 seconds. This will reverse the router to its factory default settings. Then look for the default address for that router model and enter it into the browser.
- If your router came with configuration software, you can use that instead of the web browser interface.
- If you do not remember your WiFi password and have an Ethernet cable, connect it between your router and computer. This will eliminate the need for the WiFi password.
Step 02: Enter your router’s username and password
To access the router’s configuration page, you need to type the router’s login username and password. If you are not configured your router since you buy it, most probably the username would be “admin” or “userAdmin” and the password would be “admin” or “password” or your current WiFi password. This would change from model to model. You could find default login credentials for each of these by searching it online.
However if you changed the password previously and now you do not remember it, then you have to reset your router. To do this press the reset button for 30 seconds. This will change your router settings to its default and you can access the router using its default login credentials
Step 03: Go to the Wireless section
Now find the wireless section on your router’s configuration page. The exact name might change from manufacture to manufacture. Generally, it would be something like “Wireless” or “Wireless Settings/Setup” tab or button.
If you are having multiple sub sections in the “Wireless” section, open the wireless security page.
Step 04: Change the password
Now go to the password section and look for the box labeled as “Passphrase”, “password” or “Shared Key”.
Type your new password there. Confirm it by typing it in the “confirm password” field.
When you create your password, try to build it in such a way that it is difficult or impossible to guess. Use the following as a guide.
Do not relate it to with anything personal
Try to include numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters and symbols such as “@”,”$”, “!”, and “#”.
Step 05: Check out your security type
There are three types of wireless encryption. They are WEP, WPA, and WPA2.
WPA2 is the most secured while WEP is the least secured. You can select either WPA or WPA2.
However, selecting of WEP is not recommended. It could be cracked easily. (Typically within 30 minutes)
Step 06: Change your network name
Routers with default names tend to be the culprits of hackers. So if you can change it periodically, then it would discourage people from trying to break into it. So while you are here, try to change the network name. Here do not include any personal identifiable information, since it is publicly broadcasting.
Step 07: Save your settings
After you entering the new password, click the save or apply button. This will take few moments to process the change. At this point it would disconnect any devices currently connected.
Once the settings are changes, you can use your new password to login to tyour wireless network.