With more people aware of the higher hacking risk that comes with using public WiFi, most are also taking extra precautions to secure their home WiFi accounts.
The problem is that sometimes, in an attempt to come up with complicated, secure passwords, we create passwords that are easy to forget. This leads to frustrating scenarios that force you to “guess” your old password again and again — until you get locked out of your account.
Looking for a simpler solution? Read on to learn the easiest way to change your home WiFi password.
Open The Configuration Page
Go to your Internet browser, and type in your configuration page in the address bar. The address is actually a series of number. Depending on your provider, you’ll type in:
- Apple: 10.0.1.1
- Xfinity: 10.0.0.1
- Others: 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1
If this doesn’t work for some reason, either use the configuration software that came with your router or reset your router to restore it to its original settings.
You’re in the right place when you see a small box asking you to enter your username and password.
Enter your username and password. If you don’t remember it or never set one in the first place, try “admin” for the username and “password” for the password.
Or, you can reset the router again, to let you log in with the “admin” and “password” default settings.
Go To The “Wireless” Tab
At the top of the list of “Setup” tabs, you click on the “Wireless” option. It may also say “Wireless Settings,” etc. If required, go to the “Wireless Security” subtab.
Once there, you should see your wireless network’s current name in a small box, along with a space for the password. This button may also be labeled with “Shared Key” or “Passphrase,” depending on your Internet provider.
Now, all you need to do is type in your new password, and you’re good to go! You’ll likely be required to type in your password a second time, to be sure you’ve entered the correct one.
To strengthen your security, try to use at least one special character, one number, and one capital letter. It’s a good idea to create a password that’s at least eight characters in length.
Changing Your Home WiFi Password: The Final Steps
To finish up changing your home WiFi password, you’ll need to confirm your wireless security/type or encryption.
Most people select the “WPA2” option, because it is the most secure of the three choices. If you’re working with devices that are a few years old, however, it’s best that you select “WPA.”
If possible, avoid using “WEP,” as it’s the easiest security type to break into.
Now is also the time to change the name of your home WiFi network, if you’re interested. Finally, ensure that you hit “save settings” to make the changes final.
That’s all there is to it!
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