Changing your Wi-Fi network name and password is a simple and important way to lớn keep your devices secure, but it can also be a bit daunting.
Fortunately, it doesn’t matter if you have Xfinity, AT&T, or any other service provider—the steps to lớn changing your Wi-Fi settings are the same. The process is also similar across different router manufacturers, lượt thích NETGEAR or TP-Link.
We’ll show you how lớn find your router’s IP address (if needed) and change the wireless network name using a web interface and an app.
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Update password on standalone routers và wireless gateways
The whole process of changing your Wi-Fi network name and password can be broken down into four main steps:
These steps are pretty simple, but there’s a bit of variation depending on various factors, lượt thích what kind of device you’re using khổng lồ connect. Keep reading for a more detailed breakdown of these steps.
Get your router’s IP address (web interface only)
All standalone routers và wireless gateways provide a web interface so you can modify the settings. However, manufacturers may also provide a mobile tiện ích for changing the wireless network name, password, and other settings from your phone or tablet.
Use the mobile ứng dụng if available, và then skip ahead to lớn the testing portion of this guide.
If you’re using the website interface instead, you’ll need khổng lồ discover your router or gateway’s private IP address first so you can enter it into the browser’s address bar.
Part 1: Connect wirelessly or with a cable
If you’re setting up a new router for the first time, there’s usually an Ethernet cable in the box that will allow you lớn connect a PC directly to lớn your router. This is probably the easiest way to set things up, but sometimes this won’t work. Many slim laptops, lượt thích MacBooks, don’t have Ethernet ports & require a USB adapter for a wired connection to lớn the network. Sometimes it’s more convenient khổng lồ use a phone or other sản phẩm điện thoại device.
To connect wirelessly, you’ll need the mặc định network name & password for your router. These can be found in the instruction manual & sometimes found on the router itself, printed on a sticker or label. The network is often labeled as the SSID (service phối identifier).
If you’re changing the settings on a network that’s already mix up, you don’t need this default information & can just connect lớn the network with the name and password you typically use.
Part 2: Find your router’s default IP address
Next, you’ll need your router’s private IP address. There are several ways to bởi this, depending on what kind of device you’re using:
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