Mikrotik Routers – Change WiFi Password

While Mikrotik products are geared towards the tech-savvy group, they seem to be a growing choice for home lab users and the tech-curious who may work outside of the IT field. When I was first using Mikrotik products and RouterOS, it was a bit overwhelming, and guides like these made my life a whole lot easier…

As of late, Mikrotik has several different routers available, and while some functionality and features may differ between models and license levels, the interface is essentially the same across the board.

I’ve created a video of the process, which you can see below, otherwise you can follow along with the steps to change the wireless password on a Mikrotik router.

Step 1: Login using Winbox

If you do not have Winbox, I recommend you grab it. Personally, I don’t like the web management interface (webfig), and Winbox can help you find the IP address of the router if you do not know what it is. You can download Winbox from Mikrotik.com towards the bottom of the page under, ‘Useful tools and utilities’. Winbox works natively on Windows, it works fine on Linux with Wine, and there are options for Mac as well.

Once the Winbox app is open, click on Neighbors, then select the IP, then Connect.

Default router information for a Mikrotik are as follow:

Default IP:
Default username: admin
Default password: blank (no password)

Winbox utility for Mikrotik and RouterOS

Step 2: Change or create new passwords

Passwords for wireless interfaces on Mikrotiks are stored under Wireless > Security Profiles. By default, all wireless interfaces will share the same security key /preshared key / password. Just double-click on the security profile name you want to edit, enter the new password, then press ‘Ok’.

Mikrotik Wireless Security Profiles

Change password for a specific wireless interface

For one reason or another, you may want to have separate passwords for different wireless networks. For instance, I have a mikrotik dual band router, and maybe I want different passwords for each band. Or, maybe you have virtual wireless APs setup, and want different passwords for each. This is simple with a Mikrotik.

You can create a new security profile under Wireless > Security Profiles > ‘+’ symbol, then setup a new security profile like shown in the above image. Once you’ve created the new security profile, then navigate to the security profile option for the interface where you want to change the password, as shown below:

Mikrotik wireless tables view

This works the same when you’re using a virtual interface:

Mikrotik router virtual AP interface

Change Mikrotik Wireless Passwords

If you prefer to see things in action, here’s a video showing how to change existing passwords and create new passwords in a Mikrotik wireless router:

I fully admit, when first playing around in a Mikrotik, I was a bit overwhelmed. However, it’s pretty easy to change WiFi passwords in your Mikrotik router once you get familiar with the layout. Hopefully this guide has helped to that end.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post them below.

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6 Replies to “Mikrotik Routers – Change WiFi Password”

  1. From Winbox or the web UI, click ‘Wireless’ on the left navigation bar, then the ‘Security Profile’ tab. Open up the default profile, and the ‘General’ tab be sure Mode says dynamic keys, then check the authentication types you want (I use WPA2 PSK only, your needs may differ), then enter the password into the Pre-Shared Key field(s). You can press Ok or Apply to save those changes.

    If the password is obscured, under the settings tab in the top menu (in Winbox anyway), there’s an option to hide or unhide passwords.

    1. Sorry for the delay. With the virus shutdowns, I’ve been quite busy at work.

      Without more info, the only thing I can guess at the moment is that you’ve done a reset without a default config. If that’s the case, you will have to enable the wireless adapters by logging into the device. With no default setup on a reset, they are disabled. That should be under Wireless > Interfaces.

      As far as I know, Mikrotik’s firmware is the same for all devices, and even devices without wireless capabilities have wireless options within webfig / Winbox. That can be a bit misleading if you aren’t familiar with the device model to know whether it has a wireless adapter.

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