Nowadays, if you see a group of youngsters with the mobilephones in their hands, you can easily understand that there is an active Wifi connection in the vicinity. The higher the number of devices consuming a wireless network connection, the slower will be the speed each of them gets.
Are you a wifi user? Then chances are you doubted about the number of devices that use your network connection several times, didn’t you? The best way to protect your wifi from unauthenticated usage is to put a password on it.
So, today I am here with a tutorial on how to put a password on Wifi.
How to Put a Password on Wifi?
Setting a password on your wifi network is no brainer even though it includes several steps.
Before asking yourself ‘how to change my wifi password’, you need to know the administrative password that helps you log in to your router.
You can follow the steps I have listed below to know how to change your wifi password.
Step 1: As I already stated, you must know the administrative password of your router. If you changed it in the past, you might already know it. Otherwise, we have to find the default username and password in order to log directly into your router for changing the wifi password.
I have a helpful resource for you to get this done. It is a website called routerspassword.com. Visit the site now.
Step 2: You will get a page exactly similar to the image I have given above. Here, you have to select the manufacturer of your router. In my case, it is D-LINK.
After choosing the manufacturer, click Find My Password button given under the drop-down menu.
Step 3: As you can see, the page you are given will not have any credentials. We all know that a manufacturer has a lot of router models. So, you have to choose a model number at this step.
My model number is DSL-2730U. To make the search process quicker, you can press Ctrl+ F. It will get you a search field where you can enter your model number. (Check the image for details.)
Unfortunately, my search ended up in nothing. Don’t worry! If this happens to you, just press backspace multiple times slowly. Stop pressing when it finds any result.
Step 4: Look at the right side of the model number you got. There, you will get the username and password. If you get multiple options (like I got), you have to try out each one.
In my case, username and password are the same- admin. So the first option worked.
Step 5: Now, you have to go to the router login page. Actually, this can be done using the configuration disk that comes within the router package. But I am giving this method here because you don’t need any external disk or something to know how to change your wifi password.
You can access the login page by entering 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1, or 192.168.2.1 into the address bar of your browser.
Step 6: Check out the image given above. You will get a basic form like this to enter the credentials. Do it and press Enter right away.
Step 7: The next window you see will be your router settings page. You see the D-Link header as my router is manufactured by them. This will not be the case of an Asus router, TP-Link router, or router from another manufacturer.
Before getting to know how to get wifi password, you have to make sure that wireless network is enabled on your router.
Click on Setup for that and you will be given a page as an image, given below.
Step 8: Then, hover your mouse pointer over Wireless Setup. You can see two options there- Wireless Basics and Wireless Security. Choose the first one there and make sure that Disable Wireless LAN Interface is unchecked.
Don’t forget to Apply Changes.
Step 9: You have to go to Wireless Setup again to select the second option here; that is Wireless Security. That is the option you need to select for changing any security settings related to your WLAN.
Step 10: I am going to explain each of the settings there.
Encryption: – Most of the browsers available today support several encryption types including WEP, WPA, WPA2, etc. Choose WPA2 if you can because it is the most secure encryption type for WLAN.
Note that old routers do not have this encryption. Moreover, some old devices do not support WPA2 protected wifi connection as well. WPA2 is of different types, WPA2 AES, WPA2 TKIP and WPA2 Mixed.
The words come after WPA2 indicate the encryption algorithm. Advanced Encryption Standard is secure than TKIP and relatively new as well.
Pre-Shared Key Format: – You can choose between passphrase and Hex (64 characters). If you choose the first one, you can create your wifi password as any other password. The second option lets you enter hexadecimal characters only.
Pre-Shared Key: – This is the one you are looking for. The label of this field may vary according to different router manufacturers. But, you can identify this one with the field inside of which you can find a few asterisks (only if you have a password already).
So, I hope now you know where to put your new wifi password. Yeah, you have to enter it in the Pre-Shared Key field.
That’s all. You won’t scream out loud ‘what is my wifi password’ anymore.
Wrapping Up How to Put a Password on Wifi
I have shared the full steps involved in changing your wifi password. This is the same for putting a password as well. Just follow the steps I have given carefully. Don’t try to make any other changes in case you don’t know what they mean.
The labels or text inside your router dashboard may vary with manufacturers. But the basic process is the same, and you won’t find any difficulty to change the password of any wifi connection if you get access to its dashboard.
You can ask any doubts regarding this.