If you have just purchased your first router and Wifi connection, congratulations! Welcome to the digital age my friend. It may seem like a daunting task to set up and understand, but Linksys actually makes it really easy to be a part of the wireless community. With millions of individuals exploring the frontier of the internet every hour, it’s no wonder that there are processes in place to keep things simple and safe. Here’s how to change you Linksys Default Password, and much more!
Why Change the Default Password?
It may seem like a silly thing to have to change a password already given to you, but did you know that your password is the same as everyone else’s? It’s true! Your default password is “admin” and so is the password for everyone else with a Linksys router. So really you want to change your default password for security reasons first and foremost. After that it’s up to you. Perhaps you want to add a bit of creativity or maybe you’ll just never be able to remember “admin” as the password (I don’t really know how that’s possible, though). Now that that’s settled, we can get started. Follow these few simple steps in order to change your Linksys Default Password to something more to your taste.
Step one: Set Yourself Up for Success
In order to reset the password through the web-based option, you need to set yourself up for success. Be sure that your router is on and functioning. Then check to make sure that your computer is connected to the router via Ethernet cable to one of the available ports on the router. Router ports are labeled 1, 2, 3, or 4, and any of them will work just fine.
Step Two: Enter the Numbers
Go to your internet provider of choice (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer) and enter in the following number:
This is actually the router’s default IP address and is the same for everyone. Once entered, make sure to press “enter”. Now, this is only the default IP address so it is very possible that you or someone else in your household has changed it. If this is so, be sure to enter that address in place of the default listed above.
Step Three: Enter the Default Password
You’re almost there! Now a box will pop up and show marked fields for User name and Password to be filled by you. The User name can actually be left blank, however fill in the word “admin” for the password. This is the default password for the Linksys system, so it’s a really good idea to change it immediately.
Step Four: Change the Password
A new page will appear with all sorts of ways to configure, change, and add special permissions. If all you want to do is change the default password you can go to the “Security” tab and change the password there. You will have the choice between WPA2 and WEP. WPA2 is the most secure type of password encryption you will get although WEP is more compatible with older devices. It may be worth it to choose WEP if you have an ancient device for the time being and then move on to WPA2 in the future once you purchase a newer, more capable, device. You may also change the name of your device (i.e. Sir William VonLinksysberg) and default IP address to something more personal.
Now you can cruise and surf the wide expanse of the wild internet all your heart desires. Just be smart about the recent change you have made. Go ahead right now and write down your new router password. We all know routers can be tricky buggers (well, I suppose if this is your first one, you don’t know that yet). Sometimes a router can go funky on you and force you to trudge up to the attic or down to the basement, wherever you keep the thing, in order to reset the router. Have your password in a handy spot so everyone in the household knows where it is. Also, use some common sense and keep the security key safe. You don’t want any Joe Schmo coming along and being able to access your private information. If you have an electronic copy of your key and password, keep that in a very safe place. If you decide to write it down on paper, secure the location appropriately.
A Few Extra Tips
If you followed the instructions above but are still having issues, there are other web-based setup avenues to try. Here’s a quick glimpse at what other devices provide as a means to changing the default Linksys password:
• Linksys Smart Wifi Router: instead of entering the default IP address you can just enter in http://myrouter.local instead.
• Cisco Connect Software: if you install the latest version you can just enter in the new password, however if you do not have the newest version, then you may not be able to use the software.
• Macs: if you own a Mac, the process is very similar. The only difference is perhaps which web browser you will be using (Safari) in order to enter the default IP address and the marked fields. When you are given the chance to enter in a password, the User name field will appear as “Name” but password will still be seen as “password”. Enter in “admin” and you should be good to go.
Welcome to the World Wide Web
Hooray, Operation Internet is now a success. Now that you have changed your Default Linksys Password you don’t have to worry about it anymore. Your computer will now connect automatically. I wish you the best of luck in your future electronic and technological endeavors, whatever they may be. If you wish for me to write more about Linksys and router issues, or other techie topics, then write it below in the comments or email me.