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Type the router's URL into your web browser. To access and change any
settings on your router, you must log into the router's URL. This will allow
to communicate with
the router and access the router's main page. When accessing the router's URL,
use the same computer that was used to install the router. If you do not know
the router's URL, look for this information in the router's manual or on the
manufacturer's website. After entering the URL into the web
browser's address bar, press
"Enter" or click the "Go" button on the browser.
Input the router's default username and password. Once you enter the
router's URL into your web browser, a dialog box will appear requiring you to
input the router's username and password. (Note that this password is not the
network password.) Unless you have previously changed the router's username and
password, input the default ones. Many browsers have the default username of
"admin" and have the password set as "password" or have no
password at all. To find out your router's username and password, check the
documentation that came with your router or check the manufacturer's website.
Click "OK" to proceed to the router's main page.
Access the router's security settings. Depending on your brand of router,
there will be tabs or links on the router's main page. One of these will
contain the page for changing your security settings. Find and click the link
or tab. This page will contain several textboxes, one of which will contain the
SSID (name of the network) and two textboxes for changing the network password.
Select an encryption type and change the network password. Most new routers
offer WEP (Wired Equivalency Privacy) security or WPA security. To create a
password using letters and/or numbers, you must choose the WPA security
setting. Change the network password by typing in a new password in the two
textboxes. When you are finished, click "OK."
Save your changes and log out. After changing the
network password, you must click "Save" or "Apply" to keep
the password change. Log out of the router by clicking the "Logout"
or "Exit" link on the router's main page. If you leave the main page
open for a certain period of time, you may automatically be logged out of the