Best Wi-Fi RouterSource: Netgear

If you want to add a bit more security to your device or simply make it easier to remember what you need to put in, you should look into changing your Wi-Fi router's password. Routers come with default passwords that are easy for anyone to guess or look up. Instead, you should change it to something more secure so that nobody can mess with your settings. Here's how to change your Wi-Fi router's password.

How to log into your router

  1. First, you need to log into your router's web-based interface.
  2. Connect to your router with your PC or mobile device.

    EthernetSource: Windows Central

  3. Visit 192.168.0.1 or www.routerlogin.net.
  4. A prompt will show up for login info.

    Tplink Change Password StepSource: Windows Central

  5. Enter the username and password that's on the bottom of your router or what it says in the manual.

How to change your Wi-Fi router's password

  1. Router brands vary from here, but if you're on TP-Link, visit the Advanced tab on the landing page. Netgear router owners, skip to Step 5.

    Tplink Change Password StepSource: Windows Central

  2. On the left column, drop System Tools down and click Administration.

    Tplink Change Password StepSource: Windows Central

  3. Under Account Management, enter the password you previously put in, and then enter a new one.

    Tplink Change Password StepSource: Windows Central

  4. Hit Save.
  5. Netgear router owners, select Advanced.

    Netgear Change Password StepSource: Netgear

  6. From there, select Administration.

    Netgear Change Password StepSource: Netgear

  7. Then select Set Password and change it from there.

    Netgear Change Password StepSource: Netgear

  8. Hit Apply.

Once you're done with these steps, you'll have successfully changed your Wi-Fi router's password. This is incredibly important to keep your router secure from anyone trying to log into it and change settings without your permission. It's also good to have it set to something you can remember.

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If you're looking for custom router firmware, OpenWrt is ideal

Your Wi-Fi router can do a lot more if you install custom firmware such as OpenWrt. OpenWrt in particular allows for easy customization of options your router won't otherwise offer in its default settings.

OpenWrt makes managing all of your router's settings easier if you're the kind of person who wants to dig into what's available. Everything from changing your password to enabling VPN and QoS support is included in it. These are the kind of options you'll want if you want to maximize the connectivity from devices like the Panasonic Toughbook 55.

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The ASUS RT-AX55 is a solid, fast pick for a router that'll fit in any home.

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