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How to Change Netgear Admin Password?

In order to make your Netgear WiFi router’s network secure, it is a good idea to change the admin password. Every model of Netgear router comes with the default admin passphrase that can easily be cracked by anyone. Thus, if you are worried about the security of your home router, the best thing you are suggested to do is change the router’s administration password via the setup wizard.

In this post, we will discuss the steps to change the administration password of a Netgear WiFi router through the web-based management panel. So, read on.

Steps to Change Admin Password

Below-given is a step-by-step guide to help you change admin password:

  1. Using a LAN cable, join your Netgear router’s Internet port to the modem.
  2. Time to pull up the internet browser on your PC! Use an updated one.
  3. Now, you should move to the address bar, type and press the Enter key.
  4. The login window of your Netgear Nighthawk router will welcome you.
  5. Now, input the user ID and password.
  6. Click on the Log In button.
  7. Click on the Administration section on your router’s BASIC Home screen.
  8. Select the Set Password option.
  9. Now, you need to enter the old password as well as the new password for your wireless router.
  10. Click Apply.

Congrats! You have successfully changed the admin password with ease. The next time you need to use the updated password to access the setupdashboard.

If the admin panel is not opening for you via the login URL, you should use the default IP address of the router. FYI, IP address can help you do that. But, you should check the router’s user manual before doing anything else.

Tips to Make a Secure Admin Password

You should not create an easy to guess password. Otherwise, the security of your home network will be at stake. Also, don’t use the same password that you are already using for another account. Please spare a few minutes to have a glance at the below-given tips to set a secure admin password for your Netgear wireless router:

  • Never use sequential letters or numbers, e.g. abcdef, 123456, qwerty, eyc.
  • Don’t incorporate your birth day/month or birth year in the admin password.
  • Don’t include your personal information in the passphrase such as your name, your spouse’s name, vehicle number, home address, etc.
  • Use a combination of at least eight random numbers, letters, and special symbols.
  • Try to make a password that is easy to remember for you but hard to guess for others.
  • Combine different unrelated words in your Netgear router admin password.
  • You can use $ in the place S, @ in the place a, etc.
  • Use a combination of lower case and upper case letters.

For instance, you want to keep the ‘Mycat1’ as the password. You can make it secure by using one of the following options:

  • Myc@t1
  • My(@!
  • mYcA+1
  • ^^yc@1

And much more!

Try Changing the WiFi Password Too!

In case you are still concerned about the security of your Netgear WiFi router, you are suggested to make amendments to the default WiFi password also. The reason being there are a lot of WiFi bandits out there who look for free WiFi connection. They are generally called freeloaders and look for the WiFi connection with the weakest password. Therefore, apart from changing the admin password, making changes to the default WiFi password is mandatory. You should follow this practice once in three months. The platforms that can be used to change the password are the Nighthawk app or the web GUI. Here’s what you are supposed to do:

  • Open a web browser on a computer connected to your WiFi router and access the routerlogin portal.
  • As soon as you cross paths with the login window, input the updated admin password into the given space and hit Log In.
  • You will get redirected to the BASIC Home screen of your wireless router.
  • From there, navigate to the Wireless Settings section of the router and scroll to the required frequency band.
  • Locate the network key option and input the password value that you want your router to possess.
  • Save the changes and you’re done!
  • Reconnect your client devices to the router’s network using the new password.

Summing Up

So, that’s how you can change the Netgear admin password plus the WiFi password and make it secure preventing unauthorized access to your home network. How would you make your network password secure? Do you know any other tactics to create a strong password? You can share your views about the same in the comment section of the post.