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Secure Your Wireless Router

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One of the leading cybersecurity firms in the U.S. reported that wireless routers were the most frequently exploited type of device. Yet, all new routers arrive with the same default password: "password." For security purposes that password should be changed toavoid unwanted access and to protect your home network.

Change Your Router Password

The first step to locking down your network is to change your wireless router's administrator password from the default to a more secure password to prevent unauthorized persons from accessing the web-based setup page of your router and changing any of its settings.  

The following instructions are for a Netgear router that was previously set up. If you are setting up a new router, follow the instructions provided. Click here for Linksys instructions.

If your Netgear admin page doesn't look like this, see the video below.

  • Check your router configuration. Type numerical Internet Protocol (IP) address 192.168.1.1 into your browser address box. (Most routers use that default IP address or 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.2.1.)

    You can find your router IP address here if those do not work for you:
    https://192-168-1-1ip.mobi/find-router-ip-address/





  • Sign In. A login box will pop up requiring your username and password for your wireless router. The fields will be empty.

    If you do not have the instruction booklet that came with the router, do a web search your router by name, e.g. “Netgear router login” and the default user name and password will appear.

    In most cases, the default username is “admin and the default password is “password.” (Not very secure, is it?)




  • Go to "Maintenance" > "Set Password". Once you have logged in, select "Set Password" under the "Maintence" section in the right column. There's also a "Set Password Help" (blue box).

    If your admin page does not look like this, you'll find a Netgear video towards the end of this artcle. 

  • Change the default password. According to CERT/CC at Carnegie Mellon University, 80% of security incidents are caused by weak passwords. Extensive lists of default passwords are available online for most routers, and you can be sure that someone, somewhere knows your birthday. Save the password where you can easily find it.

    Learn more about choosing a safe password.


  • Enter the old password. If you haven't changed your default password, enter "password" as the old password.



  • According to CERT/CC at Carnegie Mellon University, 80% of security incidents are caused by weak passwords. Extensive lists of default passwords are available online for most routers, and you can be sure that someone, somewhere knows your birthday. (Link to our article.) Save the password where you can easily find it.

  • After changing your password, you’ll need to login again using the new password.

  • Once you’ve set a new password, follow these instructions to make other secure changes.

What Happens If I Loose My Router Password?

If you don't remember your router password, first try the default. If that doesn't work, you can reset the router to its default settings

Note: Instructions may vary depending on the age and manufacturer of your router. To find the best step-by-step instructions, search your router by name and model number.

We found this a step-by-step video to change a Netgear router password, which features a different admin dashboard than the one for the router we are using.

Linksys Router Password 

If you have a Linksys router, Linksys offers step-by-step instructions for changing your router password here. 


Sources for this article: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cyber + Infrastructure division, NewsDay

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