Like most routers, Belkin Wi-Fi routers use two passwords. The Wi-Fi password protects your network from being accessed by anyone who shouldn't be using it. This password is required to log onto the network and access the Internet. The second password is the admin password for protecting anyone from tampering with the router, like changing its Wi-Fi password.

Setting Up an Admin Password

Step 1

Connect an Ethernet cable from your computer to any LAN port on the Belkin Wi-Fi router. If you don't have a spare cable, you can borrow the one connecting the router to your modem if that is how they are connected. You don't need Internet access for this procedure.

Step 2

Type "http://router" (without quotes) in the address bar of your Web browser to access the router's setup page. Enter your current admin password if you entered one before. The default settings on a Belkin router don't require a password, so if you haven't changed the password before, leave the password field blank, and then click "Submit."

Step 3

Select "System Settings" under Utilities in the left menu. Type your current admin password if you have one in the first field. Type a new password in both new password fields. For best security, use a combination of letters and numbers that would be hard for anyone to guess. Click "Apply Changes," and then click "Save."

Setting Up a Wi-Fi Password

Step 1

Connect the router to your computer, type "http://router" (without quotes) in the address bar of your Web browser to access the router's setup page, and then enter your admin password, if prompted.

Step 2

Click the "Security" option in the left menu, select "WPA/WPA2-Personal (PSK)" from the drop-down menu, and then click the "Apply Changes" button.

Step 3

Click "Authentication," and then select "WPA2-PSK" from the drop-down menu. The WPA-PSK option is for old technology, and it's not likely you will need to use it.

Step 4

Type your Wi-Fi password in the "Pre-shared Key (PSK)" field. Choose any password between eight and 63 characters long. Long passwords are more secure and should be a combination of letters and numbers. This is the password you will need to enter the next time you try to connect to the network. After that, your computer and other devices should remember the password. If the router is in your home, you may want to write down the password on a sticky-note and keep it under the router.