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: 192.168.88.1
Default username: admin
Default password: blank (no password)
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’.
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:
This works the same when you’re using a virtual 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.