How to password protect a wireless router
What is the method to password protect a wireless router?
Wireless router is a router which has a wireless interface and integrates the utilities of a wireless access point. It mainly permits access too local computer or Internet without having the necessity of wired network. Most of the wireless routers acts as firewalls, switches and even provide Network Address Translation. The wireless router mainly determines regarding the next point to which the packet needs to be forwarded in order to reach the destination address specified on the data packet. It provides greater mobility while using with notebooks or portable computers. Using wireless routers provide better protection from hackers as the individual IP addresses are not directly exposed to computers. Thus all these features make wireless router most preferable and advantageous.
Following are the information on password protecting a wireless router:
- Setting a password
- Finding password of a wireless router
- Important points
Setting a password
To set the password initially you need to know the IP address for that type 'cmd' in the 'Run' box of 'Start' menu. Now in the command prompt you need to type 'ipconfig/all' then a list will be displayed and in the list you can find the IP address. Next you need to access Internet and type the IP address in the URL search box. You will be landing on the home page of manufacturer of the router. Next after getting logged into the router you can access the administrative functions and in it under security settings you can set the password as per your choice.
Finding password of a wireless router
In order to find the password you need to be wired directly to the router. Then you need to get your IP address followed by entering it in the URL box. Next in the router manufacturer’s site you can find the Wireless router option and then under the security option you can find instructions and options that leads you to destination where you can find the password.
You must always make it a point to disable the remote administrative functions. If this function is enabled then anyone can access your router across the Internet. Therefore in order to stay secure you need to disable this option. Similarly it is always recommended to change the network name and password from default name in order to increase the safety level.
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