Set a Password on Your Wi-Fi Network: How to

passwordsWireless networks at home have become the new de facto standard, though many households leave their networks open and susceptible to unwanted connections. One of the best ways to secure your network is to require a password to access the network, and here’s how to set it up.

1. Log into your account. Open your browser and enter the manufacturer’s default IP address, typically located on the underside of your router or in the user manual or a custom one that you set. Using your username and password, log into your router settings page.

LoginScreen

2. Open the Wireless tab to edit your wireless settings. Once there, go to the “Primary Network” (or equivalent) tab if you’re not already on the correct page.

PrimaryNetwork

3. Click to enable WPA-PSK (Wireless Protected Access) or WPA2-PSK encryption using either the drop-down or check-box option. WPA2-PSK is the better option here, though either encryption mode will be helpful. WPA2 doesn’t allow the use of Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP), which had some big security flaws and limitations.

Encrypt


4. Set a personal passkey for your network.
A strong password uses a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as numbers and special characters (such as an exclamation point). A good rule of thumb is that a password be at least six characters, though many networks will require you to use 10. You’ll use this password on each of your connected devices to log into the network. Use this same process to reset your password, should your roommate move out.

WPAKey


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  1. Carolina Says:

    Hi! I have a problem… I don’t remember my username and I don’t have a password so after entering the IP address, that’s as far as I can go because not the default or possibly passwords works.
    How can I know or look for them?

    Thanks!

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