Having control over who is connecting to your WiFi network is important. Sometimes people are just a bit lazy or don’t know how to protect their wireless network. But in a few simple steps the network can be protected with a strong WiFi password which is usually sufficient protection. At the same time, changing the default network name into something more personal and unique is just another layer of protection.
Changing the WiFi password is one of the basic security measures you can take in order to keep your network safe from unauthorized access. It doesn’t take much time to do it but it will definitely save you time and nerves on trying to access a hacked router or network.
Do you want to secure your home wireless network? Let’s see how to change your WiFi name and password.
The following steps are going to give you a brief idea on how to change your WiFi name and password on any router. The steps are pretty much the same for all routers, the only difference is the router login details and the GUI.
1. Connect to your network using a wired or WiFi* connection.
2. Login to your router admin page using the router IP, username and password.
3. Navigate to Wireless
4. Select WPA2 if it isn’t already selected.
5. In the SSID/Network name type your new network name
5. In the Wi-Fi password/Passphrase field type your new password.
6. Click Apply/Save to save the changes*If you are connected using WiFi you will be disconnected from the network when you save the changes. Login back with the new password.
Now let’s get more specific. Here are some of the most frequently used router brands so choose the one you use and change your WiFi name and password.
How to change your WiFi name and password on D-Link Router
Before you start make sure the device (PC, tablet or smartphone) you are trying to login to the router from is connected to the network. You can’t login to your router from a device which is not already connected to the network.
1. Login to your D-Link router
Access the router settings with the D-Link router IP, username and password. You can follow our D-Link router login guide.
When you login to your router find and click the Wireess tab in the top menu.
3. Change your Wifi name and password
In the Name (SSID) field enter your ne network name.
In the Security options field, select WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK AES.
Type your new WiFi password in the Pre-Shared Key field.
4. Save the changes
Click the Apply button to save the changes.
And that’s it! You now know how to change your WiFi name and password on your D-Link router.
How to change your WiFi name and password on Netgear router
This section will explain how to change your Netgear WiFi name and password using your Internet browser and the Smart Wizzard.
Change the Netgear WiFi name and password using a browser
To change your Netgear router WiFi password go through the following steps.
Before you begin make sure you are connected to your network otherwise you won’t be able to make the necessary changes.
1. Login to your Netgear wireless router
Making any changes in the Netgear router settings is pretty easily performed from te router settings. You can do this with the Netgear router default IP and login details.
Locate the Wireless button on the left-hand menu and click on it.
3. Enter a new Network name
It is recommended to change the default Network name or SSID at this stage. So type a new Network name in the Name (SSID) field.
4. Enter a new WiFI password.
Select WPA2-PSK [AES] and type the new WiFi password in the Password (Network Key) field.
5. Click Apply to save the Changes.
Don’t forget to save the new Network name and WiFi password. Click the Apply button.
Change the Netgear WiFi name and password with the Smart Wizard utility
The steps required to change your Netgear WiFi password via the Smart Wizard utility are almost the same as the ones given above.
- You have to login to the router interface like in the steps 1 and 2 described above.
- When you are logged in find Wireless settings in the menu like in the picture below.
- In the new window you can change the default Network name.
- And at the bottom you can select the Encryption type WPA-PSK [TKIP]+WPA2-PSK [AES] and type your new WiFi password.
- Click the Apply button.
How to change your WiFi name and password on Asus router
In order to change the WiFi password you will need to access the Asus router settings. In order to do this check the following first:
- Is the device you are using to access the Asus router settings connected to the network? If it isn’t connect it using the Ethernet cable (this is the preferred option) or connect to the network over WiFi.
- Do you have the default Asus router IP, username and password? You can find these login details on a sticker on the router or use the following.
- Default IP: 192.168.1.1
- Default username: admin
- Default password: admin
Having all of this by hand makes everything else much easier. So, lets see how to change your WiFi name and password on Asus router.
Change the Asus WiFi password
If you are ready let’s change the WiFi password now:
1. Login to your Asus router first.
Launch the browser on your device. Enter the Asus router IP 192.168.1.1 in the address bar and press the Enter button on your keyboard. When requested enter admin in both the username and password fields.
You can also follow our Asus router login guide here.
Take a look at the menu on the left. Click on Wireless.
3. Select 2.4GHz or 5GHz frequency.
Your ASUS wireless router operates on 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Select the 2.4GHz first and when you finish changing the password go back to this step and do it all over again for 5GHz.
4. If there was no WiFi password set up, select Authentication Method.
When you select the Authentication method a field to enter a WiFi password will appear. It is recommended to select WPA2-Personal.
5. Change your ASUS WiFi password or set up a new one.
In the WPA Pre-Shared Key you can enter your new password or change the current one.
6. Click APPLY.
Click the Apply button to save your changes.
7. Repeat everything from Step 3 for 5GHz.
After you change the ASUS WiFi password for your 2.4GHz network, do the same for the 5GHz one.
At this moment you know how to change the ASUS WiFi password.
How to change your WiFi name and password on Linksys Router
The steps given in this article will show you how to change Linksys WiFi password and secure your wireless network at basic level.
Before you begin
Changing the Linksys WiFi password is pretty simple if you have all the required things ready. These will guarantee that you will access the Linksys router admin page successfully, so before you try to change the Linksys WiFi password, make sure you have the following:
- Access to the home network either via WiFi or the network cable
- You know the default router IP, in this case it’s 192.168.1.1
- You have the correct router admin username and password
After you make sure that your device is connected and the router IP, username and password are correct you can proceed.
How to Change Linksys WiFi Password Step by Step
These are the steps required to change the WiFi password on your Linksys router.
1. Login to your Linksys router
After you connect to your network you need to login to the router.
Here are the basic steps needed to access your Linksys router settings. For a more detailed guide please follow this Linksys router login guide to see the exact steps.
- Open a browser on your device. Any browser is fine for this.
- Type 192.168.1.1 in the address bar and hit the Enter button
- When asked, enter the default Linksys login credentials or if you have changed these earlier, use the custom username and password.
You will see the main admin dashboard if everything is OK.
2. Select Wireless and then Wireless Security
Click on Wireless in the top menu and then click on Wireless Security.
3. Change Linksys WiFi password or set up a new one
In the next window make sure Wireless Security is Enabled.
Select WPA Pre-Shared Key.
Please note that if your router offers WPA2 Personal or WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode select them instead of WPA Pre-Shared Key because they are much stronger and harder to crack. Here is a nice read about these modes.
In the WPA Pre-Shared Key field you can change the WiFi password or set up a new password.
4. Save Settings
Click the Save Settings button to save the new Linksys WiFi password.
- In case a new window doesn’t open in Step 2, check whether 192.168.1.1 is your router default IP.
- If the login details are incorrect or you have forgotten them you will have to reset your Linksys router to factory settings.
- After you change the Linksys WiFi password you will have to connect again using the new password on all the devices previously using your wireless network.
How to Change Arris Wifi Name and Password
One of the basic and easy to implement things you can do to boost your wireless network security is to set up a wireless password for your network. This article will show you how to change Arris WiFi name and password.
1. Access the Arris router settings
The Arris WiFi password change, as well as any other change you want to do in the router settings, can be done via the Arris router admin dashboard or the web-based interface.
To access the admin dashboard and all the settings you will need to login to your Arris router first. You can read our detailed step-by-step guide on how to login to your Arris router.
The System Basic Setup page
After you gain access to the Arris router settings, the System Basic Setup page will open.
This is the first page where you can change the Arris Wifi name and password. Keep in mind that you don’t need to make things too complicated here. The goal is to have a wireless network secured with a strong and unique password.
How to Change Arris Wifi Name
You can change the network name in the Wireless Network name (SSID) field. You can type anything you want there, but make sure to change the default network name on both Wireless 2.4 GHz and Wireless 5 GHz network. Also, when you enter the new network name make sure these two are different. Just add “5G” at the end to make the difference.
How to Change Arris Wifi Password
You can also change the WiFi password here. Just type your new password in the Wi-Fi Security Key field.
When setting up a new password it is good to come up with a strong and memorable one. We recommend creating something between 8 to 12 characters long, and please make a combination of capital and lower-case letters, special characters and numbers.
Make sure to write the new password somewhere. You will definitely need it later when you want to add a new device to the network or update the WiFi password on your existing devices.
The WiFi password can be the same on both Wireless 2.4 GHz and Wireless 5 GHz networks.
Click the Apply button to save the changes.
Use the More Wireless Settings… for Advanced WiFi changes
After you set or change the network name you can click the More Wireless Settings… link to perform some advanced changes of the Wireless 2.4 GHz or Wireless 5 GHz network.
Broadcast network name (SSID)
You can choose to enable or disable the network name (SSID) broadcast. We highly recommend enabling this feature, although some would suggest disabling it in order to make your home network more secure. However, this can cause you some unwanted problems so we are going to keep this enabled.
Tx Power Level
By default, the Tx Power level is set to HIGH. This provides the greatest coverage and excellent signal strength. But the question is, do you really need to have an excellent WiFi signal outside your home? Therefore, we recommend changing it to MEDIUM, or even LOW if it’s enough for your home.
You can set this to Auto. This option will perform a quick scan of the channels and select the best one i.e. the one with least interference.
The next option you should check is the Security mode. The best would be to select WPA2-PSK (AES) (Recommended). This is practically the standard now and you can be sure that your WiFi password is very well protected.
This is the same as the Wi-Fi Security Key in the System Basic Setup page. You need to type your new password here.
How to Change Your Belkin WiFi Name and Password
If you are reading this you probably want to learn how to change Belkin WiFi password. It is a pretty easy thing to do that will keep your network secure from unauthorized access.
To take full advantage of your wireless network you have to know the WiFi password. This will allow you to connect any wireless device to your network and take care of others not to abuse it. Also, you can only access the router settings from a device already connected to your network. You can do this either using a wireless or wired connection.
What is the default Belkin router WiFi password?
Every Belkin router comes with a default network name and wireless password. These are usually printed on a network ID card that can be found at the bottom of the router and will help you connect to the network for the first time.
After you connect to the wireless network, you will be able to login to your Belkin router and secure your router by changing the default admin and wireless password, SSID (Network Name) for starters. This is usually enough to keep your home network secure.
Before you change the WiFi password
Here are a few notes that will help you create a strong and unique WiFi password.
- Must be at least 8 characters long. Preferably 12.
- Must be unique. Avoid using personal names, surnames and similar.
- Must contain small and capital letters, numbers and special characters. Special characters will drastically improve the strength of the wireless network password.
How to Change Belkin WiFi password [Step-by-step]
Follow these steps to change the WiFi password on a Belkin wireless router. Login to your Belkin router
1. Login to your Belkin router
In order to change any of the settings in your wireless router you need to login to it. The steps are pretty simple and well explained in our Belkin router login guide.
After you access the router settings you need to find and select the Security link on the menu on the left.
Before changing the WiFi password, set the Security mode to WPA/WPA2-Personal(PSK).
For Authentication select WPA-PSK + WPA2-PSK.
Encryption technique is AES.
In the Pre-shared Key (PSK) field type your new WiFi password.
4. Apply the changes
Click on the Apply changes button to save the new WiFi password.
When you change the Belkin wireless password make sure to write the new password down somewhere safe, preferably on the Network ID card we have mentioned before.
Why change the Belkin WiFi password?
There are several good reasons why should you protect your wireless network with a password or even change the current one from time to time.
Leaving the wireless network open represents a risk for your network because anyone can use it in many inappropriate ways. Therefore securing it with a strong and unique password is pretty important.
Also if your wireless network is already protected, you probably have heard the following question whenever someone comes to your place – What’s your WiFi password? If your answer is Yes, then it is good to change the WiFi password from time to time with a new one. Another great idea is to set up a separate Guest network for your guests and visitors. By doing this you will allow them to use your Internet connection, but they wont have access to your main network where they can actually access your private files or router settings. Think about this as another layer of security and do that if your wireless router supports creating Guest networks.
- When you change your WiFi password you will have to connect all your wireless devices again to the network using the new password.
- Always set up a strong and memorable password.
- The length of the WiFi password should be between 8 and 63 characters.
- Combine capital and small letters, numbers and special characters when you create your password.
- The WiFi password is case-sensitive, so be careful.
- Don’t share your WiFi password with anyone. For your friends you can set up a Guest network.
The wireless password is important for the overall security of your wireless network, and only you and your family or co-workers (if it’s a business network), should have access to it.
Anyone else that has access to your network can easily access your computer, personal files and information, and even block you out of the network or just mess your network settings so that it becomes unusable.
Although it may seem complicated at first, changing the Wifi settings is pretty simple and straightforward once you learn how to change your Wifi name and password. Make sure to save the new WiFi password for later, we are sure you will need it the first time a new guest comes to your place.