There may come a time when you need to change your Netgear router’s WiFi password. Probably now, I’m guessing. Maybe your neighbors figured out how to get into your WiFi, or you want to keep somebody off your network for whatever reason. Whatever the case may be, it’s thankfully pretty simple to change the password on your Netgear router, even if you have a limited technical skillset.
In order for you to change the password of your router, you must either be on the wireless network (your WiFi) with your device, or plugged into the router directly, such as with a desktop computer. It’s easiest to do this with a laptop or desktop computer.
Step 1: Login to the router
In your web browser’s address bar, type in
This is the default IP address for most Negear routers.
When you’re prompted, the default username and password for Netgear routers is generally:
These are all lowercase. If you have less-common Netgear router, you may find the logins on Netgear’s website.
Step 2: Find the ‘Wireless Settings’ page in your router
The majority of the Netgear routers I’ve logged into have similar interfaces and navigation menus. After logging into the router, you’ll be presented with a page that looks something like this:
Click on ‘Wireless’ or ‘Wireless Settings’.
Step 3: enter your new password
In the field that says ‘Passphrase’ or ‘Password’, remove the old password and input your new password. Passwords should be 8 characters or longer, and ideally not something that is easy to guess. Double-check your spelling, and once you’re satisfied with your new password, hit ‘Apply’, and the new password will work once the router applies the settings.
Warnings & Info
When you change your Netgear router’s WiFi password, any device that is connected to your router wirelessly will become disconnected. For most devices, which includes phones, laptops and tablets, you will be prompted to enter a new password when you try to connect again. However, for some devices, such as wireless printers and TVs, you may need to go through the process of setting up the wireless connection again. While it’s kind of a hassle, for the extra security it can give you, it’s worth the one-time process.
Not all Netgear routers have the exact same interface. Your particular router may be a little bit different than pictured here. If you by chance need a little help changing your router’s wireless password, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll see if I can help you out.