Once we setup our wireless home network it is normal to do whatever it takes to keep it safe. A very important step in that direction is changing the WiFi password and network name. The following article will guide you through the Verizon WiFi password change step-by-step.
So, let’s take one step at a time!
Change the Wi-Fi password and SSID using the default IP
The first step here would be to login to your Verizon router. Read the steps carefully and after you see the router settings page continue with the steps.
Depending on the router admin interface which can be different in different router models but the entire process is generally very similar..
Fios Home Router (Model G3100)
- Find Wi-Fi in the menu on the left.
- Now click on Basic Settings in the horizontal menu.
- Here you can change the SSID (Network name) in the SSID field.
- The Security type should be set at WPA2.
- In the Password field you can enter your new Wi-Fi password.
- Apply the changes by clicking the Save Changes button.
Fios Quantum Gateway (Model Fios-G1100)
- Select Wireless Settings in the Top Menu
- Now click on Basic Security Settings in the menu on the left
- To change the Wi-Fi network name, scroll down to section 2. Change the Wi-Fi Name…
- In section 3. Wi-Fi Security you can change the Wi-Fi password
- Make sure WPA2 is selected for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz.
- Enter the new wireless passwords in the appropriate fields
- Save the changes
If you have a different router model you can follow the Verizon WiFi Password Change steps described in the User guides here.
Verify the Verizon WiFi password change
After you save the changes it is recommended to check the new password. Simply, take your smartphone or any other wireless device and connect to your WiFi network with the new password. In most cases you will be required to forget the old WiFi password first, and after that you can connect to your WiFi with the new password.
Please note that you will have to update the WiFi password to all devices previously connected to your wireless network.
3 Tips to Create a Strong WiFi Password
We don’t need to tell you how important it is to protect your home wireless network with a strong password. Therefore, here are some tips that can help you come up with a strong and unique password.
1. Aim for 12 characters and more. Add a smiley at the end to boost password strength
The minimum length of the WiFi password should be 8 characters. However, the more characters you use the better. Always try to make a good combination of small and capital letters, numbers and special characters. It is important to avoid names, places and common phrases or anything personal like your birth date, pet’s name and similar.
2. Be unique. Don’t use one password for every account
Unfortunately, most of us use the same password for every single account they have. So, be unique and keep track of the password you use. Also, it is good to avoid using passwords you have used before.
3. The way teenagers text messages is actually a great way to create a strong password
If you are a parent of a teenager you must be very annoyed with how they text messages. However, this is a good way to set up a strong password. Misspelling some words, replacing words with numbers is actually pretty good way to create a strong and unique password.