How to Change a Router’s Default Password


Boost your network security by changing the default password on your router–PC Pitstop.

How to Change a Router’s Default Password

by Jim Hillier for Daves Computer Tips

Last week we published an article relating to router security, you can catch up with that article here: Quickly Check that your Router Hasn’t Been Hijacked. At the end of the article I suggested that users should change their default router access password to help protect their settings and, in response, reader “Brummpa” posted a comment asking how to do that.

So, for Brummpa, plus any others who may not know, here’s how:

All router’s come with a configuration utility built-in which allows users to setup the device to suit their ISP, setup wifi, and generally manage settings. This configuration utility, which provides full exposure to the router’s settings, is accessed by typing a specific IP address into the address bar of the browser. From there, the user then needs to input a username and password, which are usually set to “admin” and “admin” by default. Once inside the configuration utility, the user can then change the password to something unique and strong.

Locate your Router’s IP Address

First, you will need to know your router’s IP address. These days, this information is often printed on a label affixed to the router, or in documentation which came with the router when purchased. If neither are available to you, you can find the IP address via a simple command-Article Continued Here

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