Password Protect Your Wireless / Wi-Fi Router

Here’s a crude guide to help you put a password to your Wireless or Wi-Fi router to prevent unauthorized access to your Internet connection.

I have a wireless router at home so that everybody can use the internet wherever they are in the house. I can still remember when I still didn’t have one and my desktop PC was the only one who had access to the Internet. All of them used my PC whenever they needed to get something done using the Internet. It was really difficult as one of us had to put off his/her work for the other one.

Once I had a wireless or Wi-Fi router, everybody now can use the internet. My brothers, sister, parents, and neighbors…

Yes… even our neighbors.

If you setup your wireless router for the Internet to be accessed by the computers or laptops of your family members, it’s more than likely that you just thought of your family members. You could’ve overlooked the possibility that your neighbors could easily access your router and your Internet connection as well.

 

Why is it Important to Password Protect your Wireless or Wi-Fi router?

Why? Because as you are paying for your Internet connection, and if a few of your neighbors decide to surf the net as well, the bandwidth or speed of your Internet is split or slows down. You however, notice the significant decrease of speed of your Internet connection, and blame your service provider. And the story goes on…

 

How to Password Protect your Wireless or Wi-Fi router in Three Steps?

Now because of the different kinds of wireless routers, what I will be showing to you are more like general instructions. No doubt that you can use these steps. It’s just that the screenshots I can show you are only for one kind of router. You can use the guide below in almost any kind of wireless router, as password protection of wireless or Wi-Fi routers of any kind are basically the same.

The screenshots I am using in this guide was taken from a Linksys WRT54G.

 

1. Access the Administration Panel of your Router

This can be done by opening your internet browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc.) and typing in the address bar 192.168.1.1.

 Password Protect Wireless Wi-Fi Router graphic01

 

Once you hit enter, an authentication panel would pop-up requiring you to enter a username and password.

 Password Protect Wireless Wi-Fi Router graphic02

 

Note: If entering 192.168.1.1 does not bring up anything, your default gateway may not be that. For Windows, just go to Run command (Windows Start button, then click Run), and then type “CMD”. A DOS prompt would pop-out and you would just need to type, “IPCONFIG”. Look for the words “Default Gateway”, the numbers beside it are the ones you need to enter into your browser

 

 

Usually, its 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 so most likely you wouldn’t have to do that.

 

Another Note: The usual username and password is “admin” (without the quotes). For some routers, the username is admin, and the password is blank. If you haven’t changed this, the username and password is the default. If you don’t know the default username and password, you could check it at www.routerpasswords.com

 

2. Set the SSID or Username

When you’re inside the Administration panel, just go to Basic Wireless Settings and find the setting for Wireless Network Name or SSID.

 Password Protect Wireless Wi-Fi Router graphic04

You should key in your desired username on the field of Wireless Network Name or SSID.

Don’t forget to Save the Changes you made.

 

 

Note: Notice that I’ve enabled Wireless SSID Broadcast? If it’s enabled, once a computer detects connects to your router, the computer would just need to key-in the password. If it’s disabled, you would have to key-in the username and password before you could connect.

Although it is more secure to set Wireless SSID broadcast set to disable, some of my devices (especially mobile phones) can’t connect when it is disabled. So, I had to enable SSID Broadcast.

 

3. Set the Password.

You should now go to Wireless Security. There you would see the Security Mode. To make things simple, just choose WPA Personal. (UPDATE: For bettery security, you can choose WPA2 Personal – the next steps would still be the same)

 

 

You should now set a password by entering one under WPA Shared Key.

Password Protect Wireless Wi-Fi Router graphic06 

 

After that, save the changes you made again.

 

 

And there you have it. It’s very easy to set a username and password for your Wireless Router or Wi-Fi router. Once you set one, only those who you have informed of the password would be able to connect and use your Internet connection through your Wireless router – so keep your password safe.

If you have any questions, please do ask at the comments section below. If it has helped you, please let me know as well –your thanks are greatly appreciated.

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  1. Lukas says:

    Thanks SO much for this! Totally secured my Wifi tonight thanks to you! :)

  2. Nick says:

    Thanks a bunch! Just purchased a smartphone and went to connect to my wifi and realized it was not secured. I’ve lived in my apartment about 5 months now and just now am secure! Thanks for the simple step by step how to! Worked perfect for my Dlink router!

  3. Lisa says:

    I can’t thank you enough. You made it so simple! Appreciate your help :-)

  4. Kristina says:

    Thank you SOOO much. I have been asking my husband to do this for weeks now and finally I googled to see if I did it myself. I tried a couple different websites, and after getting pretty frustrated stumbled across this one. Your directions were excellent and I finally got it! On the first try too, you are a lifesaver. Thanks again :-)

  5. greg says:

    you guys are kick ass !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. razil says:

    Thank you so much for the guide. It help me a lot. More power.

  7. Jeany says:

    I think this is so helpful for me… but I couldn’t secure my wifi router because it wont accept the username and password I entered. I already use the default username and password but no luck :(

    I would highly appreciate if you could help me.

    Thanks! :)

  8. George says:

    Hello! you can help me with something.. i put a password but he change automatic and don’t recognise my password anymore.. i don’t understand why.. work at the beggining but then tell me is incorrect :(

  9. Karie says:

    Mahalo (meaning thank you in Hawaiian) from Hawaii!!! A big thank you to you for helping me finally figure out how to secure our modem!!! I’ve been wanting to do that for so long now and finally, it is done!! I really appreciate your detailed instructions that were easy for me to understand. I feel much better knowing that it’s password protected.

  10. Jumilo says:

    Is there a way to connect the mobile to the laptop through WiFi connection?

    I know this can be done between two laptops (or PCs), so, phone being a ‘Smart’ one, this should be possible right?

    Once it’s connected, can i view the shared directories?

    Note: I know we can use the laptop as a wireless router by setting up an ad-hoc network if I want to use internet. But I just want to share files between my phone and laptop.

    Thanks in advance

  11. Jumilo says:

    I have a wifi laptop but i cant connect wirelessly do I need a dongle to plug into the usb before it will connect? I have a wifi button above the keyboard but i have no way of knowing if its on or off! Please help I am new to this technology!
    I have a router which has an ethernet and usb cable which i am using at the moment to connect.

  12. Jimbowax says:

    Thank you very much, you made it so simple for me to protect my wifi.

  13. amr says:

    Thank u very much , easiest way with enough in-formations.

  14. haylstorm says:

    Worked like a charm!!! Thanks for the help!

  15. chris says:

    Changed my default name and p/w.

    Problem is – I have now forgotten the password I chose, and now I cannot get past the authentication page, after I type in the 192.168.1.1 part.

    Any suggestions? THANKS!

  16. almin says:

    there is no option that says wpa personal :S

  17. Metoria says:

    Thank you so much for this information. I’ve been looking all over the internet for a way to password protect my internet and your instructions are the only ones that worked! Thanks again.

  18. iclm says:

    thank you very much!
    may you be blessed :3

  19. aica says:

    thanks a lot :D

  20. Sainath says:

    Hi,

    This made easy to find others what is my WIFI Password. I am staying in PG where am using Airtel for my personal Laptop. Since its PG every body is getting use of my WIFI. As you said above, everybody trying to reveal password and they r getting use of Internet to their systems/Laptops.

    Can you help me in not to use WIFI by others and make sure password should be protected. Since Username and Password are common for all, people are mis using it very clearly..

  21. Cerise says:

    Is there a way to require a password everytime to access wify? I have a daughter that keeps getting on the internet through various devices and I want to be able to monitor her internet usage. I need the router to require a password, that only I know, everytime she wants to get on line. Please help. Thank you in advance.

  22. Gilberto Knaack says:

    Wireless routers are heaven sent for me since i really hate messy wirings at home and at work. ::,,:

  23. Nandra says:

    Thank you so much!This is really working. I always thought I need call the service provider to set the password. You are the best!!!

  24. Lori says:

    Thank you! That was fast and easy.

  25. Pandora says:

    Thanks a lot for this!

  26. Cindy says:

    Thanks so much for your help!! It made it much easier with your pics and instructions!!!

  27. Fede says:

    I am sharing my connection with 2 roomates, but there are 3 others that I believe are stealing my connection without having to pay for it. Now, when I give two guys the password on the”wifi connection” on their laptops there is an option that reads “show characters” that if you click it, it shows my password!!!

    How can I change that in their laptops or what settings do I have to change on their laptops so they don’t have access to it and share with the other guys,…. It makes my connection slow!!!’

  28. ferose amith says:

    nice job dear

  29. MJB says:

    This guide was terrific! It was complete, easy to follow and the screen shots really helped. Thanks so much!!

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