A wireless password is important to secure your wireless network against unwanted connections from other users and their wireless devices. They need to provide this password first if they want to connect to the specific network that you have set up. This way, the allowable access to your network is properly limited to those you only know.
This article will show you how to change the wireless password of your router. It is important to update this from time-to-time should other people find out the password that you are keeping.
NOTE: If you have a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router (EA9200, EA6900, EA6700, EA6500, EA6400, EA6300, EA6200, EA4500, EA3500, EA2700, or E4200 v2), use this link instead to change the wireless network password. You can also watch the video tutorial here.
Access the router’s web-based setup page. Open any web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari®) and enter “192.168.1.1” on the Address bar then press [Enter].
Click the Wireless tab then click the Wireless Security sub-tab.
QUICK TIP: If the Security Mode on your router is set to Disabled, click on the drop-down arrow and choose from the four (4) of the most commonly used wireless security modes: WEP, WPA Personal, WPA2 Personal, and WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode. If you want to know more about these security modes and how to set them up, click here.
If you are using WPA/WPA2 security mode, go to the Passphrase field to view the wireless network password. To change it, enter your desired wireless network password on that specific field as well.
If you are using the WEP security mode, the wireless network password is located under the Key 1 field. To change this, select 40/64-bit (10 hex digits) under Encryption. Enter any value under the Passphrase field then click the Generate button. This will help you in automatically generating a new password instead of creating one manually. The new wireless network password will appear under the Key 1 field.
Click to save your changes.
Other things to remember
After changing your wireless password, the wireless devices that are currently connected to your network will be disconnected. Thus, you have to reconnect them using the new password you set. Click on the links below for instructions on how to connect various devices to the network:
Computers and other related devices
Connecting your iPad® to the wireless network
Connecting your iPhone® to the wireless network
Connecting your iPod® to the wireless network
Connecting your Android™ tablet to your wireless network
Connecting your Android™ smartphone to your wireless network
Connecting your BlackBerry to your wireless network
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