Many times, it happens that you find it difficult to remember your default Wi-Fi network name and password, which comes with your router when you purchase it. Or it may be the case that the password that you have set earlier or the one that is your default password gets leaked and hence people are misusing your internet. Or you find it extremely easy for the people to track your Wi-Fi with your network name. In all these circumstances, the first thing that will come to your mind will be to change your Wi-Fi network name and password so that you can have the following two advantages:
- No one will be able to track your internet through your default Wi-Fi network name.
- No one will be able to access your internet without knowing the new password that you have set for your Wi-Fi.
Now, how to do this is the real question. In this article, we will try to list down a very effective and easy method to use method to change the default Wi-Fi network name and password.
For changing your Wi-Fi network name and password, you will need to perform the following steps:
Find IP address of the default network gateway
First of all, you will need to access the administrative web interface of your router. For accessing that interface, you will need to know the IP address of your router. If you do not know that IP address, then that is surely not a big deal. All you need to do is to proceed as follows in order to know the IP address of your router:
Type cmd in the search section of your taskbar and press enter.
This will open up a window which is known as command prompt and is shown below:
In your command prompt, type ipconfig and press enter.
Some details will be displayed on your command prompt as soon as you will press enter. Under those details, try to locate “Default Gateway”. Once you locate that, the IP address written right next to it will be the IP address of your router. It is shown in a blue rectangle in the image below:
Log in to your network router
Once you have found your IP address, just launch any browser of your choice. Type the IP address that you have just found in the address bar of your browser and press enter. You will be prompted to enter a username and password as shown below:
Try default username
Most of the times, the default username and password of a router, both are set to admin. You can try this by typing in admin in both the textboxes.
Just in case, admin does not work, you will need to find out your unique username and password from your Wi-Fi device. The username and password are always written at the backside of the router. Once you find them out, just type them into the respective textboxes and then click sign in.
Network router management console
If you manage to sign in successfully, the following interface screen will be displayed.
Change Wireless network settings
Click on the tab named Wireless (or similar, depending on the brand of the router). As soon as you will click on it, the following screen will be displayed.
Change the SSID (Network Name)
For setting the network name of your choice, you will need to change the SSID. Just type a network name that you want to set in the textbox right next to SSID.
After typing in the new network name, just click on Save/ Apply to save the new network name settings.
Change Wireless Network password
Now for changing the password, you will need to click on Security tab under the Wireless tab. Once you click on it, the following screen will be displayed:
In the screen shown above, you will see a textbox with the title WPA Pre-Shared Key. In order to change the password, you will need to modify this textbox. Just type in the password of your choice and then click on Save/ Apply to save the new password settings. The textbox that you need to modify is highlighted below:
Once you perform all the steps mentioned above, all your devices that were currently connected with the internet will automatically get disconnected until and unless you connect them with your newly named network again and give the newly set password. Now you can enjoy your safe and secure internet surfing with great bandwidth without any external intervention. At any instance, you can change your username and password through the method listed above.