Did you talk to a computer-savvy friend of yours this morning who suggested that you immediately change the password of the wireless router you had after you signed up for your new Internet subscription? You don’t know how right he is! Protecting the connection from possible intrusions is in fact very important, and replacing the default access password to your Wi-Fi network, adopting a customized one that is complex at the right point, is one of the best ways to do it.
How do you say? Do you agree perfectly but don’t have the faintest idea how to change WiFi password ? Well, don’t worry … I can provide you with all the explanations you need! With today’s guide, we will see what needs to be done to be able to change the password of the wireless network on the routers of all the major providers.
I assure you that it does not take special knowledge to do it, it is much simpler than you imagine. So take a few minutes of free time, sit comfortably and try to put into practice the instructions I am about to give you. I am sure that, in the end, you will be satisfied with what you have learned and the results obtained. Happy reading and good luck for everything!
The first step you need to take, if you want to find out how to change your router’s WiFi password , is to find the device’s IP address . In fact, you will need the address in question to access the router management panel and make the security changes you need.
To begin with, connect your computer (or in any case the device you intend to act on) to the Wi-Fi network generated by your router. You can use a computer, a smartphone or a tablet: the procedure to follow is the same for all devices (although, on mobile devices, for example, you may have to press the ☰ button to view some menus that are shown in full on the PC, for the most space available on the screen).
In any case, once the connection to the network has been established, try to surf the Internet to check that it’s working properly and identify the IP address of the router to which you are connected. You can do it very easily.
- If you use Windows , open the Command Prompt or a PowerShell window, using the icon in the Windows Accessories folder of the Start menu , issue the command
ipconfiginside it and press the Enter key : following this action, you should see the information related to the network you are connected to. The router’s IP address is located next to the word Default Gateway .
- If you are using a Mac , open the Terminal from the macOS Go> Utilities menu , type the command
ipconfig getifaddr en1and press the Enter key on your keyboard, to immediately see the information you are looking for.
- On Android , however, the procedure is as follows: open the operating system Settings , by tapping the gear wheel symbol residing on the Home screen or in the app drawer, tap the Network and Internet and Wi-Fi items and touch the gear symbol visible next to the name of the wireless network you are using. Finally, tap on the Advanced item : the IP address of the router is located at the word Gateway. Depending on the Android edition installed on your device, the menus may vary slightly: on Xiaomi smartphones equipped with MIUI, for example, you need to reach the sectionsSettings> Android Wi-Fi and tap on the symbol (>) corresponding to the network you are connected to, to access detailed information.
- If you have an iPhone or an iPad , access the operating system Settings , by tapping on the resident gear icon on the Home screen or in the App Library, touch the Wi-Fi item and press the (i) button , located next to it to the name of the network you are connected to, to retrieve the IP address of the router.
How to change the Wi-Fi password
After identifying the IP address of the modem-router, it is time to explain, in practice, how to change the password of your Wi-Fi network.
Before proceeding, is necessary to make a clarification: in many dual band routers (i.e. those that support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz connections) Wi-Fi networks on the 2.4 GHz band and those on the 5 GHz band are merged by default. Therefore, it should be sufficient to change only the main network key, to propagate for both Wi-Fi connections.
If, on the other hand, the networks are separated, remember to apply the change to the access key for both, in order to avoid unpleasant problems due to the discrepancy of the two passwords.
Having made this necessary premise, it’s time to get down to business: first, start the browser you prefer, type the IP address of the modem in its navigation bar and press Enter : if everything went smoothly, you should find the device login screen, which requires the user name and password to be entered to access the management panel.
Now, if this is the first time you are trying to access the modem, use the default credentials (usually admin / admin or admin / password ), or enter the data printed on the label stuck on the back of the modem .
Once the login phase is complete, use the tabs, menus and buttons at your disposal to access the wireless network settings , press on the item relating to the network for which to change the password (if necessary) and enter it in the appropriate field. Finally, press the button to confirm the changes.
Please make sure you change your current password to a network key that is secure and difficult to guess, at least 12 characters long; as an encryption mode, prefer WPA2 or WPA2 + WPA3 , which represent the currently most secure standards.
Unfortunately, I am unable to tell you the exact steps to follow on your router, as these vary by device make and model.