Once you unbox your router, you can generally find the preset password on a small sticker usually located on the router’s underside. If you can't find it there, you should also check inside the box the router came in or any accompanying materials.
Generally, out-of-the-box passwords are very complex, which makes them quite secure. However, you know who may have gotten access to your router, so it's best to change it by going into your router settings.
It's quite easy to change any Wi-Fi password. You'll first need to connect to the network either via Wi-Fi or ethernet.
Next, you'll need to connect to the router admin setting. Each router is different, but usually, you can get to it by typing:
192.168.1.1/ into your URL bar. Check your router manual, however, as your address might be different. You can also see our router interest page, where we have instructions for logging into most major routers.
Then enter the admin information. In some cases, this is the same password as your default Wi-Fi. In others, there's a separate admin login. You'll again be able to find this information in the manual.
Once you're in, you'll be able to change the router settings. We recommend changing the login credential and creating a secure password.
How to Create a Secure Wi-Fi Password
The general advice in the world of passwords is that you need some complex, lengthy, and a combination of lower and uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters. You're looking to make a random, secure password that's nearly impossible to hack.
You might be thinking that it will be a nightmare to remember and share with the people to whom you want to give your Wi-Fi password.
If you can't find your password, you can retrieve it through Windows, provided you have a computer that has already connected to your router.
Follow these steps to find the password in Windows 10:
- Open Network Connections.
- Select the Network and Sharing Center icon.
- Tap on Wireless network.
- Select Wireless Properties.
- Open Security.
- Click "Show characters to make the network security visible:".
It's quite similar to find your password using a Mac.
- Search for "Keychain Access" in Spotlight Search.
- In Keychain Access, enter the name of your Wi-Fi network or scroll down to it.
- Click on your network.
- Check Show Password to see your network security key.
- Enter your Mac password to be able to see it.
Do note, you can also set up an automation to share your password via iOS, but that does take a little time. That's why we generally recommend using a password manager like NordPass instead.