Wireless Security - How To Secure Your Wireless Network

How to Security your wireless network?

Security / November 26, 2017

Login screen for wireless gateway's Admin Tool. Username and Password fields at left, Login button below them.

Change Your Wireless Gateway Admin Tool Password

Please note that the screens displayed below may vary slightly depending on the model of wireless gateway you have, but the instructions for each device remain the same.
  1. Open a web browser and enter the web address . This will take you to the Admin Tool for your wireless gateway.
    • Note: When attempting to change your WiFi name and/or password using the portal, you must either be using a hard-wired/Ethernet connection, or you must be connected to your in-home WiFi network (not the "xfinitywifi" network). If you change WiFi settings while you are on your home network, previously connected devices will go offline and will need to be reconnected using the new WiFi network name and password. Make sure family members using your in-home WiFi network are aware of the changes you made so they can stay connected, too.Wireless gateway Admin Tool - Gateway At a Glance screen. The Change password link is in the upper right corner. See for more information.
  2. Enter admin in the Username field and password in the Password field.
  3. Click LOGIN.
  4. Click Change Password at the top right.
  5. Enter a new password in the New Password field. The password must be at least eight characters long. It should contain both uppercase and lowercase letters and at least one number.
  6. Re-enter your new password in the Re-enter New Password field and click SAVE.
    • Note: Make sure you remember your new password to access the Admin Tool in the future.

Wireless gateway Admin Tool - change password screen. Top to bottom, the fields are Current Password, New Password, Re-enter New Password. Save and Cancel buttons below.Change Your WiFi Network Name and Password

Your XFINITY wireless gateway comes with a default WiFi network name (sometimes called an SSID) and password (sometimes called a network key) that provide secure access to your in-home WiFi network. If you haven't changed your WiFi network name and password before, you can retrieve your default WiFi information on the side or bottom panel of your wireless gateway:

Your Wireless Gateway's Default Security Mode

The default security mode for every wireless gateway is WPA/WPA2, which provides optimal security and performance for newer computers. This is a form of WPA security, an advanced mode of wireless security that is extremely difficult to bypass.

Please note that WPA security is incompatible with some older operating systems. If you don't use a wireless gateway, you can check your security mode in your router's user manual or on your router's administration site.

Advanced Wireless Gateway Settings

In addition to updating your WiFi credentials, the Admin Tool allows you to manage more advanced settings for your home network and its security. For example, you can adjust your firewall or set Parental Controls - see instructions for setting up firewalls and Parental Controls for your wireless gateway.

Source: www.xfinity.com