Change The Password of NETGEAR® Router
NETGEAR router is the central point of communication in a wireless network. All the computers in the network communicate with each other through the router. NETGEAR routers are capable of running many network and security services to provide you a stable and secure network. A firmware program is embedded on the router which stores all the default and user- defined configuration. You can connect the router to network and type in the routers IP address in an Internet explorer to open up the router setup page to make any changes to the router settings. You are prompted to enter a log in ID and a password before you are granted access to the router settings. The IP address and the default log in information are common for almost all NETGEAR routers. So, anyone who knows the IP address and the Log in credential can make changes to the router settings and even can make his computer a part of your network to steal information from your computers. So, for better security, you need to change the router default password to one of your choice. If you feel that your password has been hacked, you can change it again.
- Changing the password
- Resetting the router
- Points to keep in mind while doing so
Changing the password
You need to open the Internet browser and type in the IP address of the router in the address bar and hit 'Enter'. Internet browser would connect to the firmware program of the router and open up the router configuration page. You can enter the current or default password and log in to the router page. You would find an option to change the administrator password on the router configuration page. Change the password to a new one and save the settings.
Resetting the router
Sometimes you may forget the router configuration page and you are not able to log in to the page to make any changes. In such cases you can hit the 'Reset' button on the router and the password would be reset to the default. You can log in to NETGEAR router configuration page with the default password and change it to the one of your choice.
All the settings would be restored to factory defaults and all the manually configured settings would be erased, when you reset the router settings to defaults to reset the password. This may result in a network failure. You need to reconfigure the NETGEAR router settings after you reset it. Anyone who enters the right password for router page can access the settings. So, set a secure password that no one can guess.
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