Time to reset your Wi-Fi password to something stronger or more memorable? It’s always better to be
Your Wi-Fi password guards your wireless network against snoopers and drive-by hackers. It needs to be complex and difficult to guess yet still simple enough to remember and use.
Maybe your current Wi-Fi password doesn’t cut it, but you’re not quite sure how or where to change it. No problem. The actual steps vary depending on your router brand and model, but the basic process is the same.There’s only one real downside with changing your Wi-Fi password. After you reset the password, you have to log back into your network from every wireless device in your home. That lineup includes not just your PCs and mobile devices but also your smart TV, Blu-ray player and any other smart devices. Whew, that’s a fair amount of work. But if the move improves and enhances your Wi-Fi security, the results should be worth the effort.
Log Into Your Router’s Firmware
The first step is to sign into your router’s firmware. To do this, open your browser and type the IP address for your router in the address field. Most routers are assigned an address of 192.168.1.1. Type that number and press enter. If that’s the right address, you should see a login window asking you to enter the username and password for your router’s firmware. Type your credentials and click OK.
Find Your Router’s IP Address
What if the standard address doesn’t work? Here’s a quick way to find your router’s IP address. Open a command prompt. In Windows 10, type cmd in the Cortana search field. In Windows 8.1, right-click on the Start button and select Command Prompt. In Windows 7, click on the Start button and type cmd in the “Search programs and files” field. At the command prompt, type ipconfig. At the start of the displayed information, look for the entry for Default Gateway and use that IP address to sign into your router. You can also follow the directions in this way..
Access Wireless Settings
At your router firmware’s home page, look for an entry for Wireless and select it. In the Wireless screen, first make sure your security is set to WPA2. That is currently the strongest level of encryption available for personal Wi-Fi networks (though a stronger WPA3 on the way). Next, look for an entry for your current password.
Change Your Password
Type the new password in the appropriate field. Keep in mind the golden rules of creating a good password. If you need help creating a new, more secure password that you can actually remember, we can steer you in the right direction. If you’re thinking about using a random generator password, we can help you there too. If you have a dual-band router (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band) with the same network name, or SSID, for both bands, then you only need to update the password for one band, and the change will apply to the other. If not, then you’ll need to treat each band separately.
Click Apply. Your settings are updated, and you’re done, at least as far as changing the password. Now comes the real work. You’ll have to pay a trip to each wireless device in your home and sign back into your network with the new password.