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How to change the password of your wireless network router | Digital Trends Spanish

Your wireless network password should be strong enough to offer protection and easy to remember and share with family or friends. To help keep you safe and away from unwanted guests, it’s a good idea change the router password every so often. A good password should include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and ideally special characters as well.

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Note: there are two important passwords on your router. The first one – and the one we deal with now – is the wireless network that you and your guests use to log into your network. The second is an administrative password that you use to log in as an administrator and make the changes that are required or to update it. The default login for this password is usually on the back of the device (although you should change it too, for security reasons).

Step 1: log into your router’s app

Today’s routers often offer management options through an application that can be used to control settings and change your Wi-Fi password. Make sure you have the correct app downloaded to your device and log in with your administrative password if necessary.

Router applications will naturally differ when it comes to user interfaces, so individual steps may vary slightly from what we will see here. In this case, we are using Netgear’s Nighthawk app as an example of what to do next. If you are using a different app, look for a similar language and options and it should be clear what you should do.

Step 2: select Wi-Fi settings

The Nighthawk app that shows your Wi-Fi settings.

Once you’ve logged in, the app will detect your router and connected devices, which may take up to a minute. It will then take you to the home screen, where you will see a variety of categories. Scroll down until you see Wi-Fi setup and be sure to select it.

Step 3: choose your wireless network

The Nighthawk app that displays current Wi-Fi bands.

Now you will choose the wifi network you want to change. The Nighthawk app, for example, lets you choose between different Wi-Fi bands if you want. Unless you are configuring more complex access options, you probably want to set the same password for each Wi-Fi band, so you should change each one if necessary. Select your standard 2.4 GHz band to get started.

Important note– If you are using Netgear’s Nighthawk app, you will see an option to enable Smart Connect, which is automation software for your wifi network. If Smart Connect is enabled, you must disable it to access your Wi-Fi bands and make changes. This process will take several minutes.

Step 4: select your password and change it

The Nighthawk app showing the option to change your wifi password.

Now, you will see the name of this specific wifi band and its current password below. Just select the password and write a new one to make the change. In the Nighthawk app, you’ll notice a little eye-shaped icon on the right, something most apps should offer. Selecting this will allow you to see the characters of your Wi-Fi password, which is very useful when you are typing in a new password.

When you’re done, select Keep, to complete the change. Now that you have a new Wi-Fi password, you will need to do two important things: First, write it down in your password manager or a similar safe space.

Second, make sure to update all of your devices, smart TVs, mobile devices, game consoles, and anything else on your Wi-Fi network with the new password.

Don’t have a router app?

Text on the back of a router showing the login website and default password.

Older routers may not support access to an application for quick administration. In this case, you can log into your router’s configuration web page to make changes.

You can usually find this page by entering the default local IP address for the router, which may be printed on the router, although we have one guide to help you find it, you will need to log in with your administrative password to change the settings.

Once you’ve logged in, look for options like Wireless Settings or Wireless security. Here you can adjust the type of encryption you are currently using (we recommend WPA3 or WPA2) and change your password. Enter the new password and save the changes for them to take effect.

Setting up your wifi for the first time?

Your default password should also be printed on the back of the router for easy access. If you are using an application to configure, you may not have to worry about logging in at all, it will simply recognize the name of your wifi network to connect to it During the configuration, what it will ask you is to change the Wi-Fi name and password for some more personalized words.

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