Change your Wi-Fi network name and password: a step-by-step guide

Change your Wi-Fi network name and password: a step-by-step guide

We’ve all been there: you get internet service set up, and the default Wi-Fi name is something generic and forgettable, while the password is the opposite, being so unique that no one could ever remember it. If you don’t want to be known on your block by your Internet Provider or don’t want to type in 10 to 20 random alphanumeric characters every time you sign on a new device, it’s time to learn how to change your user name and password.

Default name and password

This name and password assigned to you when you got your modem or gateway (a modem/router combo) is important, and is almost always somewhere you won’t lose it: printed on the bottom or side of the device. You will need this to connect the first time, and to log onto your online Wi-Fi manager to change your settings. If you have changed the name/password and forgotten what they are, you need to reset the gateway to the factory default settings by pressing the “reset” button on the back for at least 10 seconds.

Find your IP address

Your IP is a string of numbers separated by periods. For all three gateways provided by Easy Internet Now (Pace 5268ac, Motorola NVG589, and Arris BGW210) the IP is:

192.168.1.254

If you have a different modem or gateway, finding your IP is easy. If it isn’t printed on your device along with your default name and password, or inside the manual that comes with the device, you can find it quickly on your computer.

For Windows:

  1. Type “Command Prompt” in the search bar of your Start Menu, and then click to open.
  2. Type “ipconfig” and press Enter.
  3. Your IP address will be located under “Wireless LAN,” beside “Default Gateway.”

For Mac:

  1. Go to the Apple menu, and select System Preferences.
  2. Select Network.
  3. Select Advanced.
  4. Select the TCP/IP tab.
  5. Your IP address will be beside Router.

(Thanks to How-to Geek for the Mac info!)

Some terms to know:

  • Your Wi-Fi name will likely be called your “Network ID,” “SSID,” or some combination of the two.
  • Your password will probably be called your “Network Key,” “Passkey,” “Security Key,” “WPA-PSK key,” or some combination.

Go to your online Wi-Fi manager:

You need to access your settings online and can do so using your IP address.

IP address in the address bar

  1. Paste or type your IP address in the search bar of an internet browser and press enter.
  2. Enter your default user name and password (printed on your modem/gateway) if prompted.

From here, exact instructions will depend upon the modem or gateway you have. However, your security settings must be set to WPA-PSK to change your network name. Security settings are usually located within the same tab or link to change your password and network name.

Pace 5268ac gateway:

Manual (page 17, 18):

  1. Select the Settings tab.
  2. Select the LAN tab.
  3. Select Wireless.
  4. Enter your new network name in the field titled Network Name (SSID).
  5. Select Use Custom Wireless Network Key.
  6. Enter your new password.
  7. Make setting selections for both your User SSID and your Guest SSID. (The Guest network allows you to provide your guest’s Wi-Fi without having to provide access to your personal connection or password. There are multiple radio bands within each network, and each radio band—2.4 GHz or 5 GHz—should be named the same as the others within that network—User or Guest).
  8. Select Save.

    https://setuprouter.com/router/motorola/nvg589/manual-1741.pdf

NVG589 gateway:

Manual (page 46-48)

  1. Your default user name will be “Admin,” and your default password will be a unique phrase or string of letters and numbers printed on the gateway.
  2. Select Modify your Wireless security or settings from the list of Common Tasks on the right side of the page.
  3. Enter your new network name in the field titled Network Name (SSID).
  4. Ensure your Security setting is WPA-PSK in the drop-down box (this should be the default).
  5. Enter your new password in the field titled Key.
  6. Select Save.

BGW 210 gateway:

This router doesn’t have a user manual, but the AT&T support page provides information on how to access your settings.

  1. Enter your IP address in the search bar and press enter.
  2. Select Home Network.
  3. Select Wi-Fi.
  4. Enter your Device Access Code in the Access Code field as it is printed on your device.
  5. Select Continue.
  6. Select 2.4 or 5 GHz radio from the Radio Selection box. (Your gateway has multiple radio bands and will choose the one with the best signal on a case-by-case basis. You can assign names to each of them, but for the best functionality, they should have the same name).
  7. Make setting selections for both your User SSID and your Guest SSID. (The Guest network allows you to provide your guest’s Wi-Fi without having to provide access to your personal connection or password. There are multiple radio bands within each network, and each radio band—2.4 GHz or 5 GHz—should be named the same as the others within that same network—Home or Guest).
  8. Turn on User SSID Enable.
  9. Enter your new network name in the Network Name (SSID) box.
  10. Ensure security is set to WPA-PSK.
  11. Enter your new password in the Password box.
  12. Select Save.

Changing your network name and password is pretty easy, once you know where to look for the options. But what should I change it to? I can’t really tell you that. Your password should be easy to remember but hard to guess and contain numbers and special characters. Buzzfeed has some funny, nerdy ideas for names if you don’t want to use your own (like “This one, Nana,” or “Pretty Fly For a WiFi”).

funny Wi-Fi names

Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicaprobus/no-more-free-wifi?utm_term=.rq5BW0Gpb#.sp64A0RWD

 

Have a great idea for a funny network name? Tweet at me!

@easyinternetnow

@willreadforfood

 

AT&T and Cox have introduced 1 terabyte data caps for their customers on most plans.

AT&T and Cox have introduced 1 terabyte data caps for their customers on most plans.

1 terabyte is a lot: that’s 1000 gigabytes, and will be plenty of data for some customers, while some may need larger amounts. Cord cutters who consume a lot of HD video may fall into that category, and an additional 50GB of data costs $10.

Don’t know if you can be a cord cutter on 1 terabyte? Cord Cutters News has a guide.

Of course, gaming can use a lot of data, or hardly any, depending on what you are playing. Downloading files, games, patches, and DLC uses a lot of data. Surfing the web uses varying amounts of data, especially if you are on YouTube or an image-heavy site like Facebook or Instagram. Even streaming audio can use more data than you expect if it’s high-fidelity audio. Skype or other Voice over Internet Protocols (like chatting on Xbox Live or PlayStation) can use up data quickly too. This handy article by nbnco.com expands on that.

Everyone’s internet usage patterns are different, and it’s hard to tell you how much you need without taking lots of things into account. So you have 3 options:

1: Track your data usage over time. This is the most accurate way to tell what you are really using, especially if you are looking at several months of data use. I recommend at least 3. Check with your service provider to see if your records are available.

2: Need internet now, and don’t have time to compile the numbers? You can try to estimate what you use. This is going to mean some research and some generous estimations. How much time do you spend streaming videos? No really, how much? How much time on online games? How much time on social media? Keep in mind this is a daily average, and this is for everyone in your family, not just you. So unless you are keeping a close eye on everyone, chances are that you don’t really know.

3: Just find a provider that doesn’t cap data. This is what I would do—and I bet you know which company I would choose, don’t you? (You don’t? Easy Internet Now, of course!) But here’s why:

  • Easy Internet Now has low prices. Think you have to pay a bunch to get a fast, reliable, unlimited connection? Nope.
  • You get a free modem. Say what now? I like free. Free is good.
  • In the internet age, this shouldn’t have to be difficult. Easy Internet Now is easy to contact, easy to set up service with, easy to get support from. It’s part of the name for a reason.
  • AND NO DATA CAPS! The only caps are when I use CAPS LOCK (HIGH FIVE FOR THE AWESOME JOKE! Come on, don’t leave me hanging!)
  • Easy Internet Now uses the same network as AT&T. This is because we buy wholesale and re-sell, but without a lot of the strings and unpleasantness of a larger company. We’re proud to be a middleman!
  • You don’t need a contract or a credit check. This is a prepaid setup. Services for payment. Easy peasy.

Cox service area that will get the data cap (the names in bold are areas also served by Easy Internet Now:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Las Vegas
  • Louisiana
  • Oklahoma
  • Omaha, NE
  • Sun Valley, ID

AT&T and Easy Internet Now service area:

  • Alabama
    Map showing service area for Easy Internet Now

    Easy Internet Now service coverage

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

So by now, I hope you know that if you are getting a data cap, there’s no need to panic. Just assess your internet needs, and if you need to switch, there are options. Option. There is one option. No more. (Easy Internet Now, I mean).

 

Meet the new intern!

Meet the new intern!

Hi. My name is Abigail, and I am the new intern at Easy Internet Now. I will be writing the articles and news stories about all things tech here on EasyInternetNow.com. Furthermore, as the content creator, it is my job to introduce the new employees to the world. So, it is my pleasure to introduce myself, Abigail Eskew, to you, world. World, Abigail Eskew. Abigail Eskew, world. Nice to meet you. Charmed, I’m sure.

On to the interview!

Me: Hello, thanks for meeting with me on short notice.

Also me: Not a problem. I’m on the clock anyway.

Me: Well…yes. But you are interning for school credit, not cash money. Didn’t you know that?

Also me: What?

Me: So where do you go to school?

Also me: I’m a senior at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, and I major in Professional Writing. Sorry, what did you say about no money?

Me: Professional Writing? And what do you tell your parents you major in?

Also me: Ha. Ha. It is a career, and one in demand, I might add. These days the business world reaches a very significant portion of their customers online, and someone has to write all that content. Not to mention user manuals, safety information, proposals, progress reports…hey, wake up!

Me: Oh, sorry, I was just resting my eyes. Sooo…you are the friendly face of the money-grubbing corporate world. Tell me, how does it feel to sell out?

Also me: Excuse me, I didn’t sell out. I happen to think access to the internet is extremely important, especially to kids in school. Education is freely available to those who want it, as long as they have internet. And besides, I don’t think someone who isn’t being paid can sell out.

Me: Keep telling yourself that, corporate jockey. I can’t believe you sold out for no money. What a rube. So what are you going to write first? Some advertisements for your new corporate overlords?

Also me: Actually, Easy Internet Now is a company with a desire to help people who otherwise would be left without internet by existing corporations, and set them up with a reliable connection.

Me: Exactly. Blink twice if you need help.

Also me: A company can thrive without being evil, you know. It’s called supply and demand, filling needs…

Me: …filling pockets…

Also me: …and providing value to our clients. In that spirit, I plan to kick off my content with a series I’m calling Internet 101. It will be a series of informative how-to articles that people can refer back to when they need to. It will cover things like tips and tricks for effective and efficient Google searches, where to put your free modem for the best function and access, and best practices for keeping your personal details safe online.

Me: Sounds boring.

Also me: I’ll also be covering new tech developments, trends and viral content.

Me: Ooh, did you see that video with the cats?

Also me: I don’t know which one you mean, but probably yes.

Me: Those cats are so silly.

Also me: Yes they are.

Me: Well I look forward to your cat articles, and working with you in the future. Welcome to the company!

Also me: Thanks! I’m excited to be here!

Help me welcome our newest member of the Easy Internet Now family! You can follow her/me on Twitter @willreadforfood, and please tweet any suggestions about internet skills you would like to develop @easyinternetnow, and I/her will consider including your suggestions in future how-tos!

Iggy sleeps on my desk

This is why it takes me so long to write anything.

EIN partner AT&T announces major fiber expansion

EIN partner AT&T announces major fiber expansion

Easy Internet Now is excited to announce the expansion of fiber connectivity by one of our premier partner’s, AT&T. On Thursday, April 21, AT&T announced a major expansion of their fiber network to parts of eight new metropolitan areas.

AT&T’s Eric Boyer, senior vice president, Wireless and Wired Product Marketing, stated:

“And we’re just hitting our stride. Today we also announced the launch of our 100% fiber network service to parts of Oakland, California. We now market a one gigabit connection on our 100% fiber connection to 4.6 million locations across 52 major metros”

Easy Internet Now operates on existing networks like AT&T fiber to provide a low cost, no contract alternative to the major ISP companies. This expansion will provide consumers with the opportunity to use AT&T service through the primary provider (AT&T) or through EIN. Many consumers prefer to get their service through EIN because of our outstanding customer support, no contracts, and prepaid-cancel-anytime solutions.

The list of expanded metros:

  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Macon, Georgia
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Monterey-Salinas, California
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • South Bend, Indiana
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • Western Michigan

This fiber expansion also lays the groundwork for an upcoming selection of new service plans to be made available by Easy Internet Now offering even better speeds. Keep an eye on our news feed for updates on these upcoming offers. To check for Easy Internet Now service at your location go to our serviceability checker at https://easyinternetnow.com/check-for-service/.