When you get a new router, the first thing you should do is change your WiFi network’s default name and password. But, even if you’ve already changed your password, the Wi-Fi Alliance recommends you change it at least once a year. Here’s everything you need to know about how to change your WiFi network’s name and password on a Windows or Mac computer.
Note: If you forgot your WiFi password, you can always find it using your computer, as long as it’s connected to the same wireless network. Check out our step-by-step guides on how to find your WiFi password on Windows and how to find any passwords on a Mac.
Before you can change your WiFi name and password, you need to log in to your router. In order to do that, you need to know your router’s IP address and login information.
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How to Find Your WiFi Router’s Default IP Address
You can often find your router’s default IP address, as well as the default username and password, on the back, side, or bottom of the physical router. While this information can be changed, you can reset your router if you want to return the settings back to default.
If you don’t want to factory reset your router, you can also use your Windows or Mac computer to find your router’s current IP address. Here’s how:
How to Find Your Router’s IP Address on Windows
To find your IP address on a Windows computer, press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard, type “CMD” into the Run window, and click OK. Finally, type “ipconfig” into the Command Prompt window and hit Enter. You will find your router’s IP address next to Default Gateway.
How to Find Your Router’s IP Address on a Mac
To find your router’s IP address on a Mac, click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences.” Then click “Network,” select “Wi-Fi “in the left sidebar, and click “Advanced.” Finally, go to the “TCP/IP” tab, and you will find your router’s IP address next to “Router.”
How to Change Your WiFi Name and Password
To change your WiFi name and password, open a web browser and type your router’s IP address into the address bar. Then enter your router’s username and password. Finally, search for Wireless settings, enter a new username and password, and click Apply or Save.
- Open a web browser. You can use Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or any other web browser on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.
- Then type your router’s IP address into the search bar and press the Enter key. Many routers use the same private IP addresses. So, you can try entering “192.168.0.1” or “192.168.1.1” or “10.0.0.1” into the address bar of your browser. If those don’t work, check out our step-by-step guide on how to find your router’s IP address on a Windows, Mac, iPhone, or Android device.
- Next, enter your router’s username and password and click Sign In. Your router’s username and password are NOT the same as your WiFi username and password. You might find your router’s username and password printed somewhere on your router or in its manual. If not, you can also use this list to find the default username and password of your router by brand.
- Then click Wireless. You will usually see this in a menu on the left side of your window. This button might have a different name, depending on your router. You might also have to click through other buttons or find the Advanced settings of your wireless router.
•Asus: Wireless > General
•Linksys: Configuration > WiFi > Wireless Security
•Netgear: Basic > Wireless, or Settings > Wireless Setup
•TP-Link: Wireless > Wireless Setting, or Basic > Wireless, or Basic Settings > Wireless Security, or Basic Settings > Wireless Security
- Next, change your WiFi name and password. You will usually be able to change your WiFi network name in a text box next to “Name” or “SSID” (Service Set Identifier). You can usually change your WiFi password in a text box on that same page next to “Password,” “Passphrase,” or “Pre-Shared Key.”
- Finally, click Apply or Save. Your changes won’t go into effect until you click Apply or Save.
If you still can’t log in to your router, you can always contact HelloTech to fix any of your WiFi problems. We have thousands of technicians across the country who can come to your home as soon as today to install a WiFi router, troubleshoot your network issues, and answer any questions you have.
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