How to Set Up a Wireless Network Password
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.
Get your wireless router's IP address. This should be included with your router's paperwork.
Open up your web browser, type in your router's address and click "Enter."
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.
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.
Write down your network name and password and keep it in a secure place just in case your forget it.
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."
Locate your network and confirm that it is a "Security Enable Wireless Network."
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.