Every Wi-Fi router comes with a default network name and password which are often printed on the router. This username and password can easily be changed with just a few clicks. It gives you the opportunity to personalize the router settings. You can also change the default password to that one you can remember easily. In this article, I will teach you how to change the Wi-Fi network name and password.
Change the Wi-Fi Network Name and Password:
It is very important to change the default username and password of your Wi-Fi network. Usually, The router comes with a default username “Admin” and password “Pass” which can be guessed by anyone quickly and easily. That person can use your Wi-Fi network for some harmful activities that can create some serious problems for you. A poorly secured Wi-Fi network can kick you to the precarious life. SO if you want to change the Wi-fi network name and password, then this article is right for you. Just follow the below steps.
How to Find Your Router’s IP Address:
As this setting is controlled on the wireless router, so we need to change it on the router. This configuration may different depending on the router. Suppose you are using an Apple Airport Router, you can modify the settings by using “Airport Utility” on your Mac. Some router manufacturers offer Smartphone apps to change these settings. Meanwhile, some other more pricey routers have the facility of the built-in touch screen to change the configuration.
Normally, you need to access the web interface. The specific instruction regarding your model of the router can be found online but following instructions will work for most of the routers. As many of the routers don’t have mobile optimized websites, so you have to do this from a computer.
- An easiest and quickest way to find the information regarding router on a Windows PC is in the Command Prompt. Press Windows Key + R, then type cmd and press Enter.
- A Command Prompt windows will open. Now type ipconfig and press Enter. The IP address of your router, currently you are using, will be shown on the right side of “Default Gateway”.
This method works almost on all the versions of the Windows. If you are using a Mac then click the Apple menu and select “System Preferences”. Click on “Network” icon and select your Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet connection then click “Advanced”. Here find the “TCP/IP” tab on the top left side, click on this tab and look for the router’s address to the right of “Router”.
Accessing the Web Interface:
Note the IP address of your router you found recently. Now open the web browser you are using, type this IP address in the web browser’s address bar and press enter. Now you will prompt to enter the username and password of your router to get log in. You need to use default username and password. Usually, the default username and password are “admin”. If you Wi-fi network name and password is not the default one then enter that username and password.
The default username and password of a router can be found by performing a web search for “default password” and the name of your model of router. You can also find it by checking your router documentations. The default username and passwords for many of the routers can be seen on This Page.
How to Change the Wi-Fi Network Name and Password:
Once you logged in, find out the Wi-Fi settings. Depending on your router, these settings may present at right up-front on the first page, or they may be hidden in a section named something like “Wi-Fi”, “Wireless”, or “Wireless Networks”. Click around to find it.
There may also be a field named as “SSID” or “Network name”. Both of these are the same and it is the name of your wireless network.
The “password” and “passphrase” fields are actually the same. It’s recommended to choose a reasonably long wireless password, and you may want to use a phrase—a series of words—instead of using a single word. This field may be named as the wireless “key”, WPA-PSK key, or something similar. Here, you can change the Wi-Fi network name and password. Change it and click on the Save button to apply the changes.
Now the router will kick off the old settings and start working on new. All the devices connected to your Wi-Fi network will be disconnected automatically. You will need to enter the new password if you want to get connected again. So this was a brief guide through which you can change the Wi-Fi name and password. I’ll recommend you to change it immediately if it is the default.