How to Set Up a Wireless Network Password

By Techwalla Contributor

Wireless networks should always be protected with a strong password or key. You do not want someone surfing illegal sites on your network or trying to hack into your computer. Setting up a protected wireless network is easy, so there's no excuse not to add that extra layer of protection to your home or small office wireless network.

Step 1

Get your wireless router's IP address. This should be included with your router's paperwork.

Step 2

Open up your web browser, type in your router's address and click "Enter."

Step 3

Use the default user name and password that came with your wireless router (unless you have changed this in the past) to log in to your wireless router set-up page.

Step 4

Click on the "Wireless" tab and then click on "Wireless Security." Enter a network name for your network. Enter (twice) the password for your network. Click "Generate" or "Save" to save your settings.

Step 5

Write down your network name and password and keep it in a secure place just in case your forget it.

Step 6

Test your wireless network. Fire up your computer and right-click on the wireless icon located on the bottom right-hand corner of your taskbar. Click "View Available Wireless Networks."

Step 7

Locate your network and confirm that it is a "Security Enable Wireless Network."

Step 8

Click on the network to bring up a wireless connection prompt. Type in the password you've generated. Confirm your password. That's it; you'll be connected each and every time you start up your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • The names of the options in your wireless router set-up pages may vary depending on the type of router you have. They are fairly uniform, however, and once you are signed in to your set-up page, look for your wireless network security options.
  • keys are like car alarms they don't guarantee anything they are just make it harder and usually thieves look for easy and fast over harder and more work.