Routers come with built-in password-protection feature, which allow users to protect them from other users who can modify their customized settings and take advantage for ill purposes. All the routers whether Linksys, Netgear, Cisco, Buffalo, D-Link etc. come with default usernames & passwords which can be modified to create custom ones. Those who actually are more concerned about their security can assign and re-assign custom passwords to their routers. Here in this, I am going to discuss about the same to help you make your router settings and network details protected.
Follow the steps given below and assign a new password to your router:
Log in to your router’s web console. You can do so by opening your web browser, entering the router IP address in the address bar and hitting Enter. The IP address of the router usually comes printed on the router setup documents. Some routers also have their IP addresses printed at their bottom of backside. For example, Netgear has its IP address printed at its back.
If you are unable to find your router’s IP address, open Command Prompt and type “ipconfig /all”. Hit Enter to proceed. Note down the number in format like 000.000.0.0 in front of Default Gateway heading. Put this number in your browser’s address bar and proceed to login.
To help you, I’ve also listed IP addresses for some of the popular router brands here:
Belkin – 192.168.1.1
D-Link – 192.168.0.1
Linksys – 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1
Netgear – 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1
The router login screen pulls up now. Enter the login credentials viz. username and/or password for your router in the relevant boxes and proceed. If you set up a custom password, enter it or else use the default information. The default username and password of your router comes printed at your router setup documents. Some of the brands may also have their default credentials printed at their bottom sides. For example, Netgear has its default login details printed at its bottom.
Belkin – Username: none (the field is left blank); Password: none (the field is left blank)
D-Link – Username: none (the field is left blank); Password: none (the field is left blank)
Linksys – Username: admin; Password: admin
Netgear – Username: admin; Password: password
Once you have entered the correct login details, click Login or Submit which button you see on the screen to login to the router interface.
When logged in, you will see different options on the screen to view and/or change your existing configurations and settings. Since you want to assign a new password to your router, you will have to navigate to its setting. Depending on your router brand and model, you may have different options to navigate. Refer to your router setup manual for the navigation and change the password. Here I have also described the methods to assign a new password (once logged into the router interface) to these popular router brands.
Belkin – Click Utilities> System Settings> type a new password in the Type in New Password box> re-enter the password in the Confirm Password box
D-Link – Click Tools> Admin> enter a new desired password in the Admin box> click Apply> Continue to save changes.
Linksys – Click Administration> Router Password> enter a new password in the Password box> re-enter the password in the Re-enter to confirm box> click Save Changes to save changes
Netgear – Click Maintenance> Set Password> enter old password in the Old Password box> type your new password in the New Password box,> re-enter the password in the Confirm Password box> click Apply to save changes.
If you are using any other router other than these brands, refer to its setup documents as I mentioned earlier. With these instructions, you should be able to successfully assign a new password to your router. Exit your router’s web console when you are done. Make a note of the password and keep it safe and away from the reach of unauthorized users.