There are several reasons why you might want to change your wireless network password.
Either you don’t like the old one and want to change it to something more secure or just a bit more memorable.
However, one of the main reason why people change their default Wi-Fi password is to increase the security of their home network. This is rather important simply because any device (PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone) connected to your wireless network can access your router settings if you haven’t changed the default login details of your router.
Generally, your router will have a label on it with all the important default details like:
- Default IP
- Default router username
- Default router password
- Default SSID (Network Name)
- Default Wi-Fi password i.e. Passphrase or PIN
Changing any of these default details will boost your wireless network security.
In order to make this change you will need to login to your router.
It is quite easy to change the Wireless Password on your TP-LINK router. Just login to the router settings page and follow the steps described below.
Note: In this article we are going to use a TP-Link router as an example, but the procedure is pretty much the same for other router brands and models.
STEP 1. Use a computer or laptop which is already connected to your wireless network and in the browser’s URL bar type the default router IP address. TP-Link routers generally use 192.168.1.1 as a default IP. In case the login window doesn’t open read this short tutorial on how to find the router default IP.
STEP 2. After you hit the Enter button you will be asked to enter the default router username and password. In the case of TP-Link routers type admin in both fields.
STEP 3. Now take a quick look at the menu on the left and click Wireless.
STEP 4. And after that click Wireless Security.
STEP 5. Check the WPA/WPA2 – Personal (Recommended) radio button.
STEP 6. Under Version select WPA2-PSK
STEP 7. And finally type in the desired wireless password.
STEP 8. Save the settings and you are ready to go.
[alert-note]Important: You will have to update the WiFi password on all the devices which were previously connected to your wireless network.[/alert-note]
How to change WiFi password FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. Can I change the WiFi password on other routers like Netgear, D-Link etc.?
The answer is YES. However, the user interface might be different in other router brands but the procedure is pretty much the same.
2. I type admin in the username and password field and it says Wrong password.
In this case, if you can’t remember the password, you will have to reset your router to factory settings and then try with the default login details.
3. Besides WPA/WPA2 – Personal(Recommended) I see WPA/WPA2 – Enterprise and WEP. Does it matter which one I choose?
Our recommendation is to use WPA/WPA2 – Personal(Recommended) security.
4. When I type 192.168.1.1 in the browser I get different search result instead of the login window. What now?
This usually means you have typed the IP in the Google search bar instead of the URL bar. There is a difference. See image.
5. When I type 192.168.1.1 in the browser the login window doesn’t appear and I get “The connection has timed out” message. What now?
In this case you have to check whether the IP 192.168.1.1 is the correct default IP for your router. You can easily do this using the Command Prompt and the IPCONFIG command. Just look for the IP listed next to Default gateways. And then try with that IP.
Wi-Fi Password Tips
In order to prevent unauthorized access to the router settings, your personal files and so on, changing the Wi-Fi password is very important.
TIP 1: Create a strong password
When you change the password make sure your new password isn’t weak. Either generate a strong password using some online password generators, or make up a strong one by yourself. Don’t forget to use Small and capital letters, numbers and special characters.
TIP 2: Change your password from time to time
In order to keep your home network security on a higher level it is recommended to change your password every month or two.
TIP 3: Always write down the new password
Simple, but important tip. No need to explain why.
We are sure that now you know how to change Wi-Fi password on TP-link and other routers as well. Simply do this if needed and always make sure to write the wireless password somewhere in case you need it later.