Steps to Change the Password and SSID of Your Netgear Router


After setting up a Netgear WiFi router in your home, enjoying a blazing-fast internet connection isn’t the only thing that holds importance. Changing the password of the router should equally be considered important. Why? Well, till when will you enjoy a fast internet when the source from which it’s coming is unprotected? Not for long, of course.

Therefore, is it required that you change the password and SSID of your WiFi router before it gets too late. Follow the step-by-step guidelines mentioned in this article and learn how to change the default password and network name of your device. Read on.

How to Change Netgear Router Password and Network Name?

By following these 5 steps, you’ll surely be able to change the default password and network name of your Netgear WiFi router without any hassle:

  1. Turn On Your Netgear Router

Take a cable and connect your Netgear router to the power adapter. Done? Good. Now, plug the power adapter into the wall socket and turn on your device. Make sure that the power cable which you’re using is free of any cuts, breakage, or any other damages. If you’re using a damaged cable, it is recommended that you replace the old cable with a new one.

  1. Connect the Router and Modem

The next step requires you to connect your Netgear router to the modem. You can connect your devices wirelessly. But, in case you use an Ethernet cable to connect the router and modem, make sure that it is finger-tight. Loose cable connections won’t do you any good.

Note: If you’re facing any internet-related issue, it is recommended that you contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP). They’ll send an agent over to your house to fix the internet issue.

  1. Access an Internet Browser

After ensuring that your Netgear router and modem are connected securely, open up a web browser on your laptop. You are free to use any web browser you prefer. Just make sure that it is updated. Type in the address bar of your chosen web browser and press the Enter key to land on the Netgear router login page.

  1. Log in to Your WiFi Device

Once the Netgear router login page appears, open the manual and look for the default admin credentials. Once found, enter the default username and password and press the Log In button. The Netgear Genie Smart Setup Wizard will display.

  1. Change the Password and SSID

As soon as you log into your Netgear WiFi router, look for the WiFi Settings. Click on Settings > Wireless. Type the new network name under the SSID field. To change the password of your Netgear router, type the new password you want your device to have. Then, click on the Apply button and wait for your changes to get saved.

What happened? Your changes didn’t get saved? Looks like you messed up a little while trying to change the SSID and password of your router. But, worry not. The below-mentioned tips will surely help you in troubleshooting the issue:

  • Make sure that you have a strong internet connection. To ensure that, see whether the connection between your router and modem is proper. If not, then connect your WiFi devices properly.

  • Try to change the password and network name of your Netgear WiFi router in the incognito mode.

  • If you aren’t able to log into your WiFi device by using, then we suggest you to make use of the default IP address.

  • Download the Netgear Nighthawk app on your mobile device and update the firmware of your WiFi router.

Once you are done applying these tips, try to change the password and SSID of your device, are you able to? Feel free to share your answer in the comments section below.