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Changing your wireless network password

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.  If you are using a Linksys wireless range extender in your network, click here for instructions on how to configure its wireless security settings.

Step 1:
Access the router’s web-based setup page.  Open any web browser (Internet Explorer®, Mozilla Firefox®, Google Chrome™, or Safari®) and enter “” on the Address bar then press [Enter].

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NOTE:  If you cannot access the web-based setup page using “”, your IP address may have been changed.  For instructions on how to check your router’s IP address, click here.  If you encounter a Bad Gateway Error message, click here for instructions on how to resolve it.

Step 2:
You will be asked for your log-in details.  The default log-in is a blank field for the User name and "admin” for Password.  If you have set up a User name and Password for your Linksys router before, enter your personalized credentials instead.

NOTE:  If your password is incorrect or you have lost or forgotten the User name and Password of your Linksys router, you may need to reset the router.  To learn more about resetting your Linksys router, click here.  However, doing so will also reset the router to its factory default settings.  To learn how to set up your router again after resetting it to factory default, click here.

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Step 3:
Click the Wireless tab, then click the Wireless Security sub-tab.

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NOTE:  For some routers, the wireless security settings are under Wireless > Wireless Settings, displayed in the Manual option.

QUICK TIP:  If the Security Mode on your router is set to Disabled, it means that your router's wireless network is unsecured.  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.

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Step 4:
If you are using WPA/WPA2 Security Mode, go to the Passphrase field to view the wireless password.  To change it, enter your new wireless password on that specific field as well.

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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 on 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.
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If for some reasons you need to remove your wireless network password, change Security Mode to Disabled.  Note that it is highly recommended to ensure that your network is always secured by setting a Security Mode.

Step 5:
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:

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