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How to Change Your WiFi Password

How to change your WiFi password: For WiFi Modems, Modem Router Combos, Wireless Routers, Repeaters, Range Extenders & All WiFi Devices

It is essential to change the WiFi password from the factory defaults for a variety of reasons. The most important reason is to protect your network from malicious actors. By changing the password from the factory default, you make it much more difficult for anyone to gain access to your network. This is especially important if you have sensitive data or information stored on your network, as it can help prevent unauthorized access.

Another reason to change the password from the factory default is that it can help improve the performance of your network. When you use the factory default password, it is often easy to guess, and this means that it can be used by unauthorized users to gain access to your network and use up resources. By changing the password, you can help ensure that your network is only being used by authorized users, which can help improve performance.

Finally, changing the WiFi password from the factory default can help protect your devices from being hacked. If someone is able to gain access to your network with the factory default password, they may be able to gain access to your personal data or gain control of your devices. By changing the password, you can help protect your devices from being hacked.

In conclusion, it is essential to change the WiFi password from the factory default for a variety of reasons. By doing so, you can help protect your network from malicious actors, improve the performance of your network, and protect your devices from being hacked.

Step 1: Setup

Plug your modem in, and connect to the WiFi network that already exists – or if you are not able to do that, connect to your computer through Ethernet. If you’re having trouble connecting to WiFi because the current password is unknown, you can always try a quick factory reset in order to use the default WiFi password & network name.

Step 2: Accessing the Settings Panel

With the Ethernet or WiFi connected to the router, open an internet browser (Google Chrome, Safari & Firefox work best, Microsoft Edge can be problematic, so we recommend not using that). Once your browser’s up, type “192.168.0.1” (without quotes) into the URL bar at the top of the page, where you would normally type a web address.

A quick note about the “192.168.0.1” – this number is the IP address of your router/modem router. Going to this IP address brings you to the settings panel of your device where you can access the wireless settings. Some routers have a different IP address, and this will depend on the manufacturer. If the IP address is different, it will be printed on the sticker of your device that has the serial number / MAC address & other unique identifiers. So, if the one provided here does not work, we recommend checking that sticker to see if yours may be slightly different.

Step 3: Logging Into the Settings Panel

Once this page loads, it will likely bring up a page requesting a username and password. In most devices (at default settings) the username and password will be as follows:

username: admin
password: password

Again, if this is different for your device, it will certainly be printed on that same sticker. Once entered in, hit submit to enter the settings panel for your wireless router or modem router combo.

Step 4: Locating WiFi Settings

Once you’ve entered the settings panel, regardless of whether you’re working on a router or a modem router combo, you should see a tab or section of the page called “wireless settings”, “WiFi” or something similar. Most devices make this part of the settings very easy to find, since it will get accessed more often than most other settings areas.

Step 5: Changing WiFi Network Name SSID

Once you’ve found where all the WiFi-related settings are, find the one with the label “SSID” or “Network Name”. This is your WiFi network name. You can choose to leave this as-is or change it to a custom name to stand out among the other networks in your area.

If your device is Dual or Tri-Band, please note that this name may be the same for all the networks broadcast by your device. More information about this can be found in your devices’ product manual.

Step 6: Changing Your WiFi Password

Next, locate in the same menu where it says “Pre-Shared Key”, “WiFi password” or similar. This is your WiFi password. Most devices require that it be at least 8 characters long. Please keep in mind that whatever you choose will be case-sensitive and needs to be secure. We recommend using a mix of letters and numbers, with at least one capital letter and a symbol if you’re able to.

Step 7: Saving & Reconnecting to Your Network

The last and most important step in this process is making sure to save your new settings. Once you’ve saved, you can now connect to your WiFi with all of your devices, using the new network name and password you’ve created.

Some devices may need to be restarted in order to see the new network name. If you’re having trouble seeing the network after a restart, just give it a few minutes. Apple devices can take longer to notice a new network appear than others, so please be patient!

Congratulations on successfully changing your WiFi password! If you’ve enjoyed this article on how to change your WiFi password or if you have any questions, let us know in the comments!

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