It’s easy to change a Wi-Fi router’s password and other settings — even if you can’t find the owner’s manual.
Some common shortcuts — and a built-in Windows tool — are usually all you need to access your router’s configuration software.
Shared Wi-Fi password needs to be reset
Reader SidW wrote:
- “Last summer, my neighbors wanted Internet access in their unit while their daughter was staying with them. So I gave them my Wi-Fi password. Now I’d like to change the password, but I can’t find how to do it.”
To change a Wi-Fi network’s password, you need to access your router’s or access point’s configuration software. (I’ll use the term “router” from here on.)
The exact method varies from brand to brand, but you typically access a router’s settings through any common browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or whatnot. You start by entering the router’s network address into the browser’s address bar.
Some of the most common router addresses are http://192.168.0.1, http://192.168.1.1, and http://192.168.11.1. But there are many others, and some routers (such as NETGEAR) also allow named addresses such as http://www.routerlogin.net.