Nowadays no matter where you go you can see people using the internet most of the time on a range of different devices. Whether it is a laptop or a tablet or a mobile phone, they all seem to be connected to the internet catering to a very wide range of uses for all types of users. One of the most common ways that this connectivity is provided is through the use of routers. However, being a paying user of the internet, you need to secure your network from unauthorized access, whether it is from your neighbor stealing your internet or at a high-end business environment. One of the most basic ways to do so is by putting a password on your router. Given below is a detailed and easy to understand guide for installing or changing your router password.
Accessing the console
The very first step involved here is to access the console of your router. Depending on the device that you are using, it can either be 192.168.1.1 or 10.0.0.1 or a wide range of other addresses that are known to be the default addresses of different routers. Once you open that address in your browser, you can see a login pop-up that asks you for your network login and password that secures your router itself. Once you enter that login and password, you can go into the router console where all the changes are made.
Depending on the router that you are using, you will either need to go to the wireless menu or the security menu to enable password on your internet. Cisco devices usually have this option in the wireless menu. When you enter that menu, you will see two options, security type, and password. For the first time users, the password field will be empty.
When you reach the password field you can put it any password phrase that you like. It is highly recommended that you use an alphanumeric password as they are random and therefore harder to crack. As far as the security type is concerned, you are advised to select WPA2 as that is the most secure of all. Do not select WEP as this is very easy to crack and will make your network more vulnerable. It is also a good idea that you keep all the letters and digits random and use a long enough password. The longer the passphrase is, the harder it is to crack it. There are also other ways to make your wireless network secure.
Changing network name
While you are in the menu, you can also change the name of your network. This is the name that appears when you are searching for Wi-Fi. Using an easy and familiar name can help you in recognizing your network quickly, especially when there are several other internet connections around you. The network name is known as its SSID and for a lot of routers, this setting is present in the same menu.
Save your settings
Once done, save your settings at the bottom of the page and close the console page. Now all the devices that were previously connected to the network will require the new password that you added using your router console to connect to the internet.