How to Change Your Wi-Fi Network Name and Password

How to Change Your Wi-Fi Network Name and Password: An easy and essential way to keep your devices safe is to update your Wi-Fi network name and password, but it can also be a little overwhelming. Fortunately, whether you have Xfinity, AT&T, or any other service provider, it doesn’t matter; the steps to change your Wi-Fi settings are the same. For various router manufacturers, such as NETGEAR or TP-Link, the approach is also similar.


Steps to Change Your Wi-Fi Network Name and Password

Link to your Router

The first step is to connect to your router so that its settings can be accessed. Wirelessly or with a cable, connect.

If you’re setting up a new router for the first time, the package typically has an Ethernet cable that allows you to connect the device to your router directly. This is probably the best way to set things up, but that’s not going to work often. Like Mac Books, many slim notebooks don’t have Ethernet ports, and using a phone or other mobile device is often more convenient.

You’ll need the default network name and password for your router to connect wirelessly. These can be found in the instruction manual and often written on a sticker or mark on the router. The network is often referred to as’ SSID.’

You do not need this default information if you modify the settings on a network that is already set up, and you can only connect to the web with the name and password that you usually use. Select a default IP address for your router. First, for your router, you will need the IP address. Depending on what type of computer you’re using, there are many ways to do this.

On a Windows computer, to get an IP address, you can use the IPCONFIG command. Take these steps to do this:

  • Open the Prompt Command.
  • You can do this by locating it in your Start Menu, by right-clicking on the Windows icon at the bottom of the screen, or by simply searching for “Command Prompt.”
  • In the Command Prompt, type the IPCONFIG command and press Enter.
  • This will list all the configuration details for Windows IP. Still, the only aspect that we’re interested in is the Default Gateway, divided by periods of four numbers.
  • Write down the number.

Follow these instructions on a Mac:

  • Tap the Apple icon, then pick Preferences for the device.
  • Network selection.
  • Find and choose your network, and then, at the bottom of the window, click Advanced.
  • The IP address should be specified next to the router under the TCP/IP tab.
  • Write down the number.

On an iOS device, the steps are similar:

  • Settings to Open.
  • Have Wi-Fi pick.
  • Find and pick your Wi-Fi network.
  • Scroll down to the IPV4 ADDRESS portion, where the IP address next to the router is displayed.
  • Write down the number.

There is also a range of mobile apps, such as Network Analyzer, that make it easy to find your Router’s IP address to analyze networks. A convenient way to find the IP address of your router using an Android device is to use an app.

Using a browser to log into your router

Now that you’ve got your Router’s IP address, you can use a standard web browser like Firefox or Chrome to access its settings.

  • Navigate to an IP address for your router
  • In the address bar of your browser, type in your Router’s IP address. This should take you to the control panel, which should look like a web screen, for your router.
  • Using your username and password, log in.

You are expected to log in to the router to access the actual settings. You must log in using the defaults if you have not previously set up a username and password. Different router brands have different default usernames and passwords, but typically they are rather generic, being “admin” or “password” in most cases.

Somewhere on the router itself, this data is also written on a sticker. Otherwise, refer to the manual for your router to find the right username and password, or go to the manufacturer’s website, which will list them as well.

Configure your wireless network

You can change the settings once you’re logged into your router. Many settings can be changed, but we’re going to concentrate on only two: your name and password for the network.

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Changing the name of your network

How people see your network as they look for Wi-Fi networks on their computers is your network’s name, also referred to as its SSID. By default, this would typically be the manufacturer’s router name with some other numbers. As long as it is a name that you can easily remember, mainly if you are in an urban area where there are many overlapping Wi-Fi networks, you can change this to whatever you want.

Set up protection for your network

You want to protect your network with a password after you have named it so that passers-by will not steal your Wi-Fi or, worse, use your network to spread malware to your computers.

Protection protocols have many choices like only keeping your network open, but WPA2, also known as WPA2-PSK or AES, is the best choice. This allows a password to be stored on your network. Make sure that it is something you can recall, as with any password you use often. It’s also important not to use a password for essential sites that you also use, particularly if you’re going to give it out to guests who want to use your Wi-Fi.

Check the latest network yours.

The name and password of your Wi-Fi network have now been changed. But you can double-check and make sure everything’s working before you pick up your laptop and go about your day.

Wireless Link Test

Grab a tablet and find the name of your new network in the list of available networks. To ensure that you can connect wirelessly, enter your new password. When you’re late for a Zoom meeting or two minutes away from winning an auction on eBay, it’s easier to find out now than to have to restart the process all over again.

Other devices reconnect again.

Now that you have a new name and password for your network, all devices that have been previously connected to your Wi-Fi network will need to upgrade their details to join. Bear in mind that this includes not only all your computers and mobile devices but also smart TVs, smart thermostats, security systems, and any other devices that connect using your Wi-Fi network.

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