How to change Wifi name and password

Changing your Wifi name or SSID and password varies from router to router although the general principle is the same. Each router has its own default gateway address and so you have to know that first before you can actually access its settings. Then, you will also need the username and password to be able to access the settings and without these, it would be impossible to change your Wifi name and password. But don’t worry as I will walk you through in every step of the way and with that being said, here’s what you need to do…

Regardless of the model of your router, let’s assume that you don’t know the default gateway so we will start with that. If you already know it, then proceed to the appropriate steps below.

In your computer, open the Command Prompt by typing Windows+R and entering CMD in the text field. Hit enter after that.

  1. Once the Command Prompt is open, type ipconfig and hit enter.
  2. Find the Default Gateway and copy the IP address (four sets of numbers separated by dots) on a piece of paper.
  3. Open up your preferred browser, type the IP address you found into the address box, and then press Enter.
  4. You’ll be asked to enter the router’s username and password to log in. If you’ve never changed these before, you’ll be using the default login credentials.
  5. In most routers, the default username is “admin” and the password is either black or “admin” as well. But the best way to know the login credentials is to look at the back or bottom of the router. The username and password should be there. Once you have them, enter them into their respective field and hit enter.
  6. After logging into your router, look for the Wi-Fi settings.
  7. You’ll see a setting named something like “SSID” or “Network name”. These are the same thing—the name of your Wifi network. Below it should be the password or passphrase field.
  8. Change the name and password and hit Enter, OK, Save or Apply.
  9. Your router will then reboot for the changes to take effect and it may take a minute or two.
  10. Once up and ready, the router will now broadcast a different SSID or Wifi name. You must let your devices connect to the new network.

As far as changing the wifi name and password is concerned, that’s all you need to do. I hope that this simple tutorial can help you one way or another.

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Harold Hisona

Harold has been in the tech industry since 2008 when he started out as a tech support for companies like Time Warner, Comcast and Tracfone. He’s been troubleshooting phones when the smartphone industry started booming. During his tenure as a tech support, he’s already been writing for various tech blogs and doing some freelance SEO. In 2012, he joined a small team of bloggers to write for The Droid Guy, and he has been with the company ever since. Today, he doesn’t only write tutorials and troubleshooting pieces but also shoots and edits videos for The Droid Guy channel while trading stocks on the side. Contact me at Email

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