Securing your wireless router

Many of you probably already have it, but may not have it configured properly. If you have a wireless router at home you should password protect it.

There are two types of passwords you can put on a wireless router:

  1. To secure any changes being made to the router
  2. To lock down from people using your signal

Secure the Router

Depending on the router type but you are going to type in the IP address into your internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc) to access the configuration page. This number will differ from brand.

D-Link Router =
Linksys Router =
Belkin Router =
Apple –
Buffalo –
Netgear – or

You’ll be presented with user ID and password. Those too will also vary. See below for more.

D-Link Router = User ID: admin = Password = <none>

Linksys Router = User ID: admin = Password = <none>

Worst case scenario, you can always hit the RESET button for 10 seconds. This will restore the system to the factory defaults. Here is the back of a Linksys router:

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Some router default user names and passwords are:

Default user names:

  • Linksys BEFW11S4, WRT54G: admin
  • Linksys EtherFast Cable/DSL Ethernet routers: Administrator
  • Linksys Comcast routers: comcast
  • All other Linksys routers[none]

Default passwords:

  • Linksys BEFW11S4[none]
  • Linksys Comcast routers: 1234
  • All other Linksys routers: admin

Wireless Password and SSID name

Wireless password

See more instructions here

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