How to Unlock a Secured Wi-Fi Connection

Despite the risks, sometimes unlocked Wi-Fi is the way to go

What to Know

  • Open a browser and enter the router IP address in the address bar, then enter the username and password. Select Wireless or Network.
  • Look for a Security Options or Wireless Security section and change to None or Disabled. Select Apply.
  • To re-enable security, return to the router settings, and find the security options. Choose WPA2 Personal > AES encryption. Save the changes.

If you want to unlock your Wi-Fi network so that others can access it without a password, change your router settings to create an open access point.

How to Unlock a Wi-Fi Network

These instructions apply broadly to all routers. Consult your router's manual or visit the manufacturer's website for more specific guidance.

  1. Launch your preferred web browser. In the address bar, enter your router's IP address.

    192.168.1.1 in Chrome address bar

    On most routers, the default IP is 192.168.1.1. You'll probably find your router at that address unless you configured it differently.

  2. Enter your router's username and password. You can find this information on your router.

    Sign In on the Netgear router settings

    The password for the router is not the same as the network key. On many routers, the username is admin and the password is password.

  3. Select Wireless or Network in the main navigation menu.

    Wireless in the Netgear settings
  4. Look for a Security Options or Wireless Security section and change the setting to None or Disabled.

    None in the Netgear settings

    The exact options may differ slightly based on your router.

  5. Select Apply to make the change permanent. Your router is now accessible by everyone, and you can connect without a password.

    Apply in the Netgear settings
  6. When you're ready to re-enable your security, return to the router's settings, select the appropriate security dropdown, then select WPA2 Personal. Use AES encryption, create a strong password, then save and apply the changes again for them to take effect.

    WPA2 in the Netgear settings
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