NetGear routers have the advantage of offering very simple processes of configuration, very similar to the majority of devices and WIFI emitters that use the internet browser as gateway to enter the network.
Setting a strong password on NetGear Routers for N150-N450, AC750-AC1200, AC1200-AC1900, AD7200 and similar models
Let start with the steps to follow and set a proper and strong WIFI password on any NetGear wireless router:
- Starting, we are going to need the NetGear wireless router of choice, connected to a computer or laptop physically through an Ethernet cable in the back of the emitter to the Ethernet port on the computer.
- Now that the WIFI router is connected to the computer, the next step is to access it and to do so we are going to open a new window or tab on the PC or laptop we are using, through the internet browser of choice that could be Chrome, Edge, Mozilla, Safari or any other. Using an updated internet browser is always recommendable.
- On the new tab or window on the internet browser, on the address bar we are going to enter the URL address: “www.routerlogin.com” and then we are going to press Enter on the keyboard.
Entering the IP address of the related router, which is at the bottom of the device is also viable to access the emitter. The usual number is “192.168.1.1”, although it might be another depending on the model.
- When we press Enter, a prompt window will appear on the browser asking for two credentials related to the router configuration: “User” and “Password”, and if it is the first time accessing the device these two login data are “admin”, although they might be different accordingly to the router model.
- Now that we are on the router´s configuration, we can a general menu that is located on the left. In order to change the password, first of all we will be clicking in the option “Set Up” and then on “Wireless Settings”, as a page in which every configuration related to wireless functions of the routers are included.
- At this point, we can change the WIFI password but it would be valuable to follow a more comprehensive process, which includes changing the name of the network or SSID to a custom one.
- To change the password on the router, firstly we have to choose the type of security or encryption such password is going to have, starting from WEP to a combination of WPA and WAP2 at the same time.
WEP is not a recommendable encryption option since is too weak, so the perfect one is WPA2-PSK for best protection and almost impossibility of hacking.
- Now that we have chosen the encryption type, the next step is to enter a strong password, which is advisable to include symbols, numbers and letters without forming complete words, so it can be as secure as possible.
- When all changes are completed and there is no other setting to modify, the final step of the process is clicking on “Save” and all the configuration will be added to the router, after a quick and automatic reboot.