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Offering a fast and reliable cable broadband service, Charter Spectrum™ is one of the most popular providers on the block. And, the best part is their plans are affordable! It’s no surprise then that over 25 million are subscribed to Spectrum packages & bundle deals.

Spectrum Internet ® offers powerful routers, which subscribers are more than happy to rent out and so, you’re sure to find quite a few in your area blasting their WiFi signals. With many routers from a manufacturer sharing the SSID, it can become difficult to identify if you’re connecting to the right WiFi network—from among the ones that show up as available. Their WiFi passwords may be different, so you may not be able to connect, and that’s how you’ll know. But, imagine having to sign in to a number of networks before you get to your own? That’s an absurd waste of time and one you’ll have to deal with if you don’t change your WiFi name.

Still worse is the grave possibility of getting hacked. While you may not take it seriously, the prospect is real.

Yet, most people leave their router and WiFi settings as is, overwhelmed by the technical jargon. When the task just requires a few minutes of your time. So we’d suggest you bite the bullet and get to work. With simple to follow steps described in this article on how to change Spectrum WiFi name & password, you’ll be done in no time.

Why You Should Change the Default Router & WiFi Settings

Most routers leave the manufacturing line with a default network name (SSID) and built-in password. Ideally, you should change your router and WiFi information as soon as you get the service installed and the setup running.

Because if a pro hacker gets all this information, they may not only intrude into your WiFi network eating on your speed and data but gain control of your router settings. Meaning, they could change both the router and WiFi info. And, ultimately be able to access files on your computer(s), introduce viruses, malware, or spyware with consequences such as identity theft or credit card fraud, not to forget to use the connection for illegal activities.

Do not make your network vulnerable to an attack from hackers. And take the necessary steps asap.

How to Change Default Router Login Information

Your router password is not the same as the WiFi password, rather it only allows access to your router settings. With some routers you can change both the username and password, but with others only the password.

Some Spectrum routers come with the default username and password “admin”—for instance, the Askey device. While others like Arris TG1672G, Netgear 3800 & 6800 have the username set as “admin” but the password is “password”. You can check the login credentials for your router in the manual for the device. This information is also available on a sticker pasted at the rear of the device.

As for the IP address for your router, this information can be obtained from your computer. For Windows-based systems, go to “Command Prompt”, type in “IPCONFIG” and then press “Enter”. Find the “Default Gateway” section. The number listed here is your router’s IP. For Mac, you can navigate to your IP via “Network Preferences”. Select “Network” and then “Advanced”. This is when you will get to the “TCP/IP” tab, and the IP address listed next to the IPv4 Address.

The IP for the wireless router usually looks like 192.168.0.1 (e.g. for Arris TG1672G), and 192.168.1.1 (e.g. for Askey). In case you have a Netgear device you will have to go to http://www.routerlogin.net/. If you want, you can also ask Spectrum Customer Service for the info—that is if you are using a device provided and set up by them.

Click here to learn more about how to login to your Spectrum router.

Once logged in, it is simple—albeit there may be differences in how the interface for various routers is displayed. You are likely to find the option to change router password under the Administration or Settings tab. Enter the new password—one you can easily remember the next time you need to login to your router settings—but not so easy that anyone may be able to hack into it. Save and apply changes, and then log back into the router to change your Spectrum WiFi name and password.

How to Change Spectrum WiFi Name and Password

There are 3 ways by which you can change your Spectrum router name and password: via the router’s web interface, your spectrum online account, and through the My Spectrum app.

Change WiFi Name and Password via the Spectrum Router Interface  

Spectrum Internet service comes with a variety of high-end devices—for instance, the Arris TG1672G, and the Netgear 3800 or 6300. While there may be subtle differences with each device, the process is not too dissimilar—and looks like this:

Pretty simple right?

Change WiFi Name and Password via Spectrum Account

Another way which many of you may find more convenient and easy is to change your WiFi name and password through your Spectrum Online Account. So, if you have already created one, you are in luck, It won’t take long to get done with updating your WiFi information.

Change WiFi Name and Password via My Spectrum App

You can also change your Wi-Fi username and password through the My Spectrum App. A vast majority of Spectrum users find this to be the easiest and most convenient way of changing the WiFi network info.  Here’s how you go about it:

Remember once you update the WiFi network info, you must sign in and connect to your in-home network with the new info on all connected devices.

Final Words

So, what do you think? Easy, right? Changing WiFi network information for your Spectrum Internet hardly takes any time and the effort you put in is repaid tenfold. Because, nowadays you are likely to have not one PC connected to the internet at your home, rather multiple personal devices as well as your Spectrum cable TV—and probably your Smart home devices too. There is no point in risking such a number of devices on your Spectrum in-home WiFi network by leaving it open to cyber threats.

And, at any point, if you find yourself struggling without results, don’t hesitate to call Spectrum Customer Service . They’ll connect you to a trained representative who can guide you on all you need to get through the process.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Why must I change my Spectrum WiFi name?

Your router comes with SSID and password for your in-home WiFi network. But, given this is default information in most cases, it is advisable to make your network security for all connected devices. Otherwise, chances are you’d be susceptible to cybercriminals and threats around you.

Why is my Spectrum WiFi showing two names?

If you have a dual band router, it will show two WiFi names. You can change the name of each one separately.

When I change Spectrum WiFi name will the devices connected to it get disconnected?

Yes, all devices connected to your WiFi will disconnect when you change the WiFi name and password, as they won’t be able to find the network or connect to it anymore. You must input the new WiFi info to connect your devices wirelessly again.