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How to Change the Password on a Wireless Connection

by James WrightUpdated September 28, 2017

Wireless connections, a service becoming more and more common among high-speed Internet customers, allow users to browse the Internet, play online games and move practically anywhere a wireless signal can reach. Because there are so many wireless devices and so many connections that these devices can use, creating or changing your wireless connection's password is a good idea. Changing your wireless network password prevents anyone but the people you choose from accessing your network.

Open a new browser window on one of the computers connected to your network. As long as it's connected to the router that provides your wireless signal, it doesn't matter if you connect with a hard wired computer or a wireless one.

Open your router's control panel using your browser. This method will vary depending on what brand of router you have, so check your router's manual for specifics. For example, to access a Linksys router you type, "192.168.1.1" in the address bar, and for 2WIRE routers, type "http://gateway.2wire.net."

Type in the username and password to the router. This is not your wireless password, but the password required to change the settings of the router itself. If you have not set one, you may not have a password, or you may have a default password, which you can usually find in the manual, or on a sticker located on the router unit itself.

Locate the wireless settings, and look for a wireless security option. This is usually accompanied by settings asking you to choose an authentication type, such as WPA, WPA2 or WEP, and whether to enable or disable SSID Broadcasting, which essentially shows your wireless network to any wireless-capable device.

Enable wireless security if it is not already enabled. You may be given two options for passwords: a default password and a custom password. Select the option to enable a custom password, then type in the password of your choice. This is the password that will need to be typed in when a wireless user wants to access your network. Remember to use a strong password, nothing that a user can easily guess, and different from your other account passwords.

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