The password protection of your local Wi-Fi network is not just a a way to prevent unauthorized connection to the Internet via your access point, use of your traffic limit and reduction of connection speed. An unprotected wireless network at home or office is a potential entry point for malware which can modify firewall settings, get access to personal data on your desktops, laptops and gadgets, collect passwords and credit card information, make your computers and portable devices part of harmful networks performing hacker attacks and other illegal activity. In order to secure your Wi-Fi network not only is it recommended to set a Wi-Fi password immediately after launching the wireless access point, but also to change it from time to time.
Once you’ve entered the administrative console of your router at 192.168.1.1, 192.168.1.254, 192.168.0.1 or another internal IP assigned to it, you need to go to ‘Settings’ tab/section and then navigate to ‘Wireless’ menu line. Usually the user is able to set separate passwords for 2,4 GHz and 5,0 GHz wireless bands. Choosing a password, keep up with common security guidelines and bear in mind that your wireless clients will need to type it, so it’s a good idea to go with a symbol combination that can be easily spelled. Before you modify the password check SSID settings to verify you are connected to the router handling your wireless network.
Here are the two simple ways to change the Wi-Fi password for a new D-Link router with factory settings:
In the address bar of your browser type dlinkrouter.local or 192.168.0.1, login to administrative console (see How to login to a router?) In the ‘Settings’ section choose ‘Wireless’: the passwords will by default be 0000000. Set your new passwords and click ‘Save’.
Remote web access
Register your router at www.mydlink.com following the instructions or sign in, then go to Settings>Basic Settings, in the section of the wireless network checkmark the ‘Show Password’ box to be able to see the current and the new password, click ‘Save’ and confirm the change. Your router will reboot in about a minute with your new Wi-Fi password active.