How to Find Your SSID Password

By Randall Blackburn

The Service Set Identifier, also known as the SSID, is the name assigned to your wireless network on your router. If the SSID is configured to broadcast, the SSID displays in the “Available Wireless Networks" list when a device scans for wireless networks in range. If the Wi-Fi network is secured with WEP or WPA/WPA2 encryption, the SSID password is required to connect to the network. Log in as an administrator to your router's management tool to find your wireless network SSID password.

Things You'll Need

  • Administrator credentials for router

Step 1

Open a Web browser on a computer connected to the network, and type the IP address for your router’s administrative application into the Address bar. You can also connect a computer to the router with an Ethernet cable to access the administrative tool. The IP address for most Linksys routers is For Netgear routers, try,, or Press “Enter.” The Login prompt displays.

Step 2

Type the administrator username and password into the form, then click “OK.” The administrative tool Welcome screen displays.

Step 3

Click the “Wireless” link in the left navigation menu in the Netgear tool to open the Wireless Settings screen. The SSID password is displayed in the Passphrase box in the Security Options section. In the Linksys tool, click the “Wireless” option in the top navigation menu and then click “Wireless Security” in the sub-menu. The Wireless Security screen displays your SSID password in the Passphrase field.