Netgear Security Keys: What is it and How to Change it?
Did you configure a Netgear router in your home? Or are you looking to install the Netgear router with the existing network? While installing the Netgear router, you must have been prompted to enter the Netgear Security keys. Wondering what a security key is and where to find it for your Netgear router? Well, this post is beneficial for you.
The security key is nothing but a synonym for the password. This post will help you find your router security key and also help you update it from the default value.
Where to Find Netgear Security Keys?
Let us tell you that the Netgear security key is the WiFi password for your Netgear router. Here’s how to find it:
Case 1: The Router is Not Set Up
When you set up a Netgear router in your home, you first need to be connected to its network. Since you are setting it up, it means the router is running on the default values. So, the security key value is also the default one.
This information is available on the label on the router. You can find it there. Also, the same information can be found inside the user guide that you have received with the router in the package. You can also refer to that to get the Netgear WiFi password or the security keys to connect to the router’s network.
Case 2: Router is Set Up
In case you have already set up the router and you have changed the WiFi password, then you can find it in the WiFi settings of the router. You need to access the router login page and use the admin credentials, and reach the admin dashboard.
In the WiFi settings, the information about the WiFi password or the Netgear security keys will be available here.
How to Change the Netgear Security Keys?
We recommend you update the Netgear WiFi password from its default value. During or after the setup, you can change the password. But why change the password? The default password is easy to guess and easy to find online. Anyone can begin leeching on your WiFi by using an easy password. You won’t want that right?
To avoid this from happening, you must update the WiFi password from its default value. The steps for the same have been given ahead:
Step 1: Verify the connection between the router and the modem. It should be secure and firm. Also, make sure that the devices are turned on and are receiving a stable power supply.
Step 2: The next step is to connect your computer or laptop to the router’s network. You can make a LAN connection or choose to connect to the router’s WiFi using the Netgear security keys.
Step 3: It is now time you run an internet browser on your computer (laptop). If you use an updated web browser, it will be an added advantage.
Step 4: In the location bar (also known as the URL bar), insert routerlogin.net or the default IP address of the Netgear router.
Step 5: Hit Enter and you will stumble upon the login page of the router. Use the admin username and password to log in to the router.
Step 6: On the Basic Home page, select Wireless, here you can change the WiFi password of your Netgear router. After making the changes, click on Apply and save the settings.
You will now be disconnected from the router’s network if you have connected using WiFi. In fact, all the devices on the router’s network will be disconnected. You now need to connect all the devices using the updated WiFi password or security keys.
Summing Things Up
Anticipating that you have gained sufficient knowledge of Netgear security keys now. You now know what are the Security keys for the Netgear router and where to find them. We have also highlighted in this post the information on how to change the security keys or the WiFi password of your Netgear router. Bear in mind that you must choose a password that is difficult to guess and hard to crack. Also, make it a note to update the WiFi password once in three months to keep your network secure.