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