Changing Wireless password

If you need to change (or even add) your password for your wireless network, it is reasonably easy. You can't do this thru Microsoft or Windows you need to access your Router.

These notes are "general" in nature, not specific to any router.

To access your router;

  • Open any browser.
  • In the address bar enter your IP access address, usually (See below)
  • It will ask for a Login & Password to change the Router. (Not to be confuse with the user Login & Password.)
    If you can't remember it try admin & admin or admin & leave the password blank (these are generally the default).
    If these don't work try one of these
    • Hold down the router's reset button for several seconds. This should restore the routers default.
    • Check your wireless router manufactures website or manual for detailed instructions for your specific router.
      Most manufactures have a default IP sub net set at the factory. The default sub net will help you determine the router's IP address so that you can connect to it and access the administrator interface.
    • Google "Default Admin Password" followed by your router's brand name and model.
  • In addition to the default router address, you may have to specify the port that the admin interface is running on by placing a ":" at the end of the IP address followed by the admin port number (i.e. :8080) if the manufacturer requires this.

Router IP addresses
You may need to consult your router's manual for the correct address. The following list are default router IP addresses for some Routers.

DLink - or
Netgear - or
Linksys - or Apple -

Update your Security

  • Under the wireless security configuration section,
    • Ensure that you are using the latest encryption available. WPA2 is currently the most secure method of wireless encryption available at the time this article was published
    • This would also be a good time to change your wireless network name (SSID) if you want. It's best to change it to something other than the default as hackers do have access to "precomputed cracking tables" Think, recognisable but not easy.
  • After you have settled on an SSID you will need to enter in the wireless network password (the Pre-shared Key). You'll want to make this password as complex as possible.

It's also a good idea to turn off the "allow admin via wireless" setting so that it is only possible to access the router via an Ethernet cable. This means no one can change with the admin settings of your router unless they are physically connected to it.