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Windows 7: How do I put a password on my wi-fi system?

04 Aug 2016   #1
AnneBurns

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
How do I put a password on my wi-fi system?

Hello,

I was wondering, How do I put a password on my Wi-Fi to protect it from being used my strangers?

Anne


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04 Aug 2016   #2
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

This is fairly simple but it does have a couple of steps needed. The wireless password is stored in the router and once you have access it's normally a few minutes job

To access the router software you need to know the IP address of the router - often it will be printed on the unit or the documentation that came with the router. You type this number into the URL space of your browser (where you would normally type a web address).

It should just be the number in the form nnn.nnn.nnn.nnn or sometimes Http:\\nnn.nnn.nnn.nnnor some routers have an actual web style address.

Once you have the router page in front of you it's likely to ask you for a user and password - this should be in the documentation with the router, but is often User admin password admin but could be anything.

Once you have access you will find a number of pages of information and a navigation menu of some sort

I would recommend that you change the master password you have just used to protect the system from anyone who has physical access to the router. One page will allow you to change the password for the SSID (the name of your wireless system),.

you can also change the SSID name if you have a lot of wireless signals in the area and would like to have yours stand out (or you can hide it so that unless the user knows the name they cannot access it)

This is all easier to do than to explain - if you can post back with the make and name (type number) of your router I may be able to get more specific information for you
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04 Aug 2016   #3
Anak

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

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This is all easier to do than to explain - if you can post back with the make and name (type number) of your router I may be able to get more specific information for you
If I may Nigel:

You can check your internet service providers website to find the make/model/software version of the router, even if your using a router you purchased, there should be a sticker on the bottom of the router with that information.

There are some other settings you may also be interested in, such as, reducing the signal strength of the wi-fi signal, I have ours set to 60%; Testing with the wife's smart phone the signal doesn't go beyond our property, I can see the SSID's of neighbors 300feet away.

And; Changing the channel your router is using for a stronger connection, too many neighbors on the same channel as yours weakens your connection.


Steve
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04 Aug 2016   #4
AnneBurns

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
How do I put a password on my wi-fi system?

Thanks to all for your helpful responses. I will tackle this within the next day or two. Anne
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06 Aug 2016   #5
llamaths

Windows 10
 
 

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You can check your internet service providers website to reset password, even if your using a router you purchased, there should be a sticker on the bottom of the router with that information.
Login in your router through 127.0.0.1 and find wireless tab under settings, there is a place you can add password.
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06 Aug 2016   #6
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You can't log into any router with 127.0.0.1. That's the URL for "Localhost" if you are using a local server!
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06 Aug 2016   #7
Tranquil Hegemo

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by llamaths View Post
Login in your router through 127.0.0.1 and find wireless tab under settings, there is a place you can add password.
Whatever the IP address is for the router it is not going to be 127.0.0.1 - that's reserved for the loopback IP address (localhost). I would hazard a guess that the IP address is more likely to be either 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 as these are the most common addresses used for internal LAN's such as these but as Nigel has pointed out this needs checking by AnneBurns.
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