Your Wi-Fi router’s settings. Changing your network requires logging into your Wi-Fi router’s software, or firmware. From there, you can rename your network, change the password, manage security, and more.
First, you must access your Wi-Fi router. Whether using your internet provider’s router or your own, logging in should be the same. Using a dedicated Wi-Fi router or a modem/router from your ISP should be the same.
Router IP address
You access router firmware via browser. At address, insert your router’s IP address. Most routers use 192.168.1.1, but check to be sure.
Open the Command Prompt by searching for cmd on Windows. Execute ipconfig. Under Ethernet or Wireless LAN adapter, look for Default Gateway. That’s your Wi-Fi router’s IP address.
Windows shows your router’s IP address. Settings > Network & Internet > Status > View hardware and connection properties. Options > Network & internet > Advanced network settings > Hardware and connection properties.
Next, network details appear. Find your router’s IP address under the Ethernet or Wi-Fi entry’s Default Gateway setting. Once you get the IP address, type it into your browser and hit Enter.
Enter login info
After entering the IP address, a username and password are required to access the router’s firmware. This is either the router’s default login and password or a unique one you created. Signing in is harder if you forget your password.
Routers allow password recovery. If so, this option should appear after a specified amount of incorrect username/password entries. This popup asks for your router’s serial number, which is on the bottom or side.
Default username and password for many routers are admin and password. Test that combo. Otherwise, check online for the default username and password for your Netgear, Linksys, Asus, or TP-Link router.
You can also visit Router Passwords to find the default usernames and passwords for your router. Try each tip to access your router.
If you can’t access your router’s firmware, reset it to restore default settings. Routers have a reset button. Hold the reset button for 10 seconds with a pen or paperclip. You can now log in with the default username and password.
After accessing your router’s firmware, you can alter whatever you want. Router name and password, security level, and Wi-Fi password. Parental controls, guest networks, and associated devices can be set up. Remember to apply modifications before moving on.
If you’re unsure how to configure certain options, documentation and built-in support should be available. Most modern routers feature setup wizards to help with this.
Change your router’s default username and password. Under Administration, look for an option. The page may ask for your router password and a new one. Some routers enable changing the username and password, while others do not.
Remember the typical suggestions for creating a secure password—not so hard you can’t remember it, but complex enough to be hard to guess. Passphrases containing easy-to-remember terms are also good.
Remember the new password so you can avoid resetting the router. Your router’s firmware may also ask for security questions and answers. Apply the settings, then log back into your router.
Make sure your Wi-Fi password is safe. In the router’s firmware, check for a Wi-Fi section. Your Wi-Fi name and password appear. If your password is weak, change it. Remember the standard password rules. Change your Wi-Fi name if it’s default.
Under Security Options or a similar section, set your network security to WPA2-PSK [AES], the strongest level for most residential wireless networks. Newer routers have WPA3. Close the browser after changing settings.