How to Put a Password on Wireless Internet

By Margaret Worthington

Wireless Internet connections are served by routers, small pieces of hardware that transmit a wireless signal that enables computers to connect to the Internet without having to plug into anything. This type of connection can be dangerous, since anyone can use the connection. But by putting a password on the wireless Internet connection, you can stop anyone from using the connection without your permission.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless router and product manuals

Step 1

Using your Web browser, go to the IP address of your router by putting its IP address into the address bar of your browser and pressing the "Enter" key. This is usually 192.168.1.1. If you are unsure of the IP address, consult your router software manual.

Step 2

Once inside the router control panel, you may be asked to enter a password. For most routers, the default password is "admin," but if this does not work, consult your router software manual for the password.

Step 3

On the router control panel, locate the section labeled "Wireless Security" and click on it.

Step 4

Choose the WPA-PSK wireless encryption type, with TKIP security. This is one of the most modern wireless security encryption methods and is almost unbreakable with today's computers.

Step 5

Enter in a password to secure your wireless network. If asked to re-enter your password, do so.

Step 6

Click "Apply Changes." Depending on your router type, this button may say "Save Changes" or a similar phrase instead.

Step 7

Wait for your router to finish applying changes and reboot. When you next attempt to join the wireless network using your computer, you will be asked to enter a password. Enter the password that you previously entered, and your computer will successfully connect to the wireless network.

Tips & Warnings

  • In the future, the WPA-PSK standard may be broken relatively quickly. If this is the case, a more modern encryption method called WPA2 can be used to secure your wireless Internet connection. Keep in mind that not all computer wireless cards support WPA2 encryption, so you are better off using WPA, especially if your computers are more than 6 to 12 months old.
  • Don't give out your wireless Internet password for any reason, unless you want the person you give it to to be able to access your connection.