Knowing how to modify the name and password of your Wi-Fi connection is important for various reasons. The primary reason is that pre-established passwords are usually an impossible to remember, long and random collection of numbers and letters. The second is for security reasons: unwanted connections to your network and also personal security as your network offers an access path to your personal data. A person who accesses your Wi-Fi network at home will be able to access a considerable amount of personal information that you provide whilst you are browsing the internet on your computer, smartphone or tablet device. In this article we will explain step by step how to change your Wi-Fi password.
Warning: Be careful when connecting to any new internet network, especially if it is an open service without a password - you will need to verify that it is a secure service.
Nowadays, more and more Internet Service Providers allow modifications to password and users. To see if it is possible for you, go to your ISP’s website and access your online account using your details. Search the menu for an option that has the security name, Wifi password, router or Wireless configuration . If you find it, enter the current password and the new one you wish to create.
You can also directly contact your ISP to see if this service is available online. Most ISP websites have some form of live chat, or chat bot where you can ask your question directly.
Step 1 - Get Router IP Address
Generally, the router IP Address, by default, is usually one of the following two options:
If neither window opens when testing the router IP, you will have to find out your specific IP address and try again. To do so, follow the steps:
For Mac Users
Go to the System Preferences> Network menu and on the screen that will be displayed you will be able to see your IP number.
Open the start menu and in the search bar type cmd , you will see the option to run the Command Prompt , type ipconfig and your IP address number will appear.
Step 2 - Access The Router
As we mentioned before, we recommend that you first try one of the two general IP addresses.
Copy one of them into the URL bar of your browser. Attention, you should not copy it in the search bar of Google or another search engine, but directly in the upper space in which the web address appears.
A pop-up window should appear in which you will have to enter username and password. What you will see depends on your Internet Service Provider, in this example it is Orange. If you do not know the admin password it is usually one of the following combinations:
Username - Password
admin - admin
admin - none
none - none
admin - 1234
1234 - admin
1234 - 1234
user - password
If none of these combinations works for you, check if there is any information about the username and password on the router label, or on some documentation included with the router box. Alternatively contact your ISP directly and ask for the Admin password.
Step 3 - Change The Password
Once you have gained access, you will see a screen with various configuration options. This menu will vary depending on your ISP and the manufacturer of the router. Here are the parameters that you need to locate:
Look for the Network Name (SSID) or WiFi Network Name option that refers to the name of your Wifi network. Replace it with a new one .
Find the option WPA key , this is the password used to connect to your Wifi. Delete it and write a new one. It is important that you choose a new password with high security, which includes both numbers and lowercase and uppercase letters.
In the security section you have the option to increase it for WPA2 .
Step 4 - Protect Access to Your Router
If the admin password that you entered was one of the default password combinations, it may be a good idea to change the admin password to prevent other people guessing it.
For this, you will need to go into the router configuration menu, and look for the Password Settings. You will then need to enter your pre-existing password and username before changing it to your preferred password. Once you have confirmed these changes you will be able to log in using the new credentials.