In this highly sophisticated world, we are equipped with different technologies that have made our work easier.
We are surrounded by one machine or the other that has raised the standard of living.
In this gadget-friendly era, we cannot imagine a single moment without mobile phones.
Thanks to changing technology, mobile phones have appealingly impacted our daily chores.
The Internet is one such medium that has made us aware of the happenings in the world.
To stay tuned with the goings-on of the world via online platforms, internet connectivity is the most essential requisite. Be it the offices, schools or house, we need Wi-Fi connections to remain active and perform each task effectively. In this era of “OK Google”, we can find Wi-Fi everywhere.
Even in social spaces, especially commercial setups like restaurants, stations provide free Wi-Fi connections to attract more and more customers. In the office or private premises, one would surely not like to compromise the convenience of wireless connectivity. Hence, it should be protected by a solid password.
Although scientists have made our online lives quite secure, it is still up to us how we apply these tools. To avail convenient facilities without any inconvenience, you should keep on changing the passwords regularly and frequently. In this age of advanced hacking, no one can say who is keeping an eye on your entire system.
Offices take utmost care to safeguard it before the situation worsens. Being an essential backbone of daily official chores, Wi-Fi should be protected with solid and effective passwords.
The Stepwise Process to Change Wi-Fi Passwords
Before you move ahead to know the process of changing Wi-Fi passwords, remember the devices connected to the network would get disconnected for a while. You will have to reconnect them once the password is changed.
Here are a few basic things you should know for changing the passwords of your PC:
Router connection is important
Before you get started, it is essential to connect your router. It can either be connected directly over the Wi-Fi or may require an Ethernet connection. If it is directly connected to the Wi-Fi, go to the direct settings.
Else you need to connect your router with the device through a USB based Ethernet port. Internet connection is necessary as further work would be processed online.
IP address of the Router is the next step
Most routers work according to web-based applications. Hence, it is essential to enter the IP address of the router to follow further steps. IP addresses are mentioned in some cases and are unique to the respective device. For different routers, different instructions are displayed which you need to follow.
If it requires a browser to access the program so it is best to do it with a computer. This is vital because many routers do not possess a mobile-optimised web interface. For PCs, Command Prompt is the best option to go for.
Get connected through web interface access
If you don’t know the default IP address, you can probably try 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1. You can simply type this address into the address bar. If you aren’t sure, you can check the IP addresses of the different manufacturers.
Some routers, especially Belkin, require you to enter the word ‘ROUTER’ at the end of the URL while some like Netgear requires QR code along with the IP address to manage the settings via tablet or mobile phones. QR code can be found on the router.
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Log in with current username and passwords
To access further settings, you need to log in to your router. For this, existing username and passwords should be entered. In most of the routers, the default username is admin. If that does not work, you need to check the user’s manual.
Try searching for the default passwords online or going through the user’s manual or PDF-based manual available with the router. If you have set personalised passwords and don’t remember it, you need to change the default settings of the router.
Go to settings for changing username and password
Once you are logged in, you need to go to the Wi-Fi settings. In some routers, you may find the Wi-Fi settings on the first page while in some cases, settings are found under the headings like Wi-Fi or Wireless Connections, etc.
Next, you would find the network name also known as SSID which is the name of the particular wireless network. To change the passwords, different manufacturers of routers use different names like Passwords, WPA-PSK key wireless key.
While setting the new password, make sure you follow the steps of most secure authentication. It is always recommended to use short phrases rather resorting to a single word.
Reconnect the devices once the setting is done
Once you are done with changing and saving the Wi-Fi passwords, the connected device will get disconnected. Therefore, you will need to reconnect them by clicking on ‘apply’ and entering the new password.
Remember to update the Firmware
It is always recommended to update the Firmware once security changes are done. Regular updates will help when encountering issues associated with the router. If you fail to update, you are allowing several vulnerabilities to enter your router.
It may lead to several issues to even connected devices like PCs, TVs, smartphones, tablets and even security cameras. Most browser interfaces provide an immediate option for update while in some it is embedded in the router’s settings. If you are unsure, check the guidebook to know how to update Firmware.
To minimise the issues of hacking and cracking, it is always suggested to keep changing your passwords regularly. It will also ensure the disconnection of unnecessary devices and you can permit only a few networks to connect to your Wi-Fi.
Regularly updating passwords is a vital necessity in commercial places like restaurants. Make sure you do not end up spending more money just to attract customers and availing none of the benefits thereafter in the form of fruitful returns.