Passwords play an important role in everyone’s life. You use passwords for different things such as Social Media accounts, bank accounts, device passwords, and even your wifi passwords. Now, you need to understand that even though they might be passwords, they are of a different type. Well, the types of passwords used for WiFi networks are different and are based on a type of security known as WPA2. Today we will be taking a look at what WPA2 is and how you can set up a WPA2 password for your WiFi network.
Having a good and strong type of password security is important as it helps prevent hackers from breaking into your network. While hackers will still try their best to break into a network, WPA2 makes it difficult for them to do so. Now, it is very important to set up a wifi network’s password with WPA2 because it keeps your network password protected with stronger encryption. Here is everything you need to know about the WPA2 Password.
The WPA2 aka Wireless Protected Access 2 is the standard of security was released in 2006. It has still been to date, one of the best ones. While there used to be a WEP standard of passwords back in the late 90s, it wasn’t strong enough and thus the birth of WPA2 took place. Now, you need to understand that the passwords are usually the same, it’s just that the encryption process for these passwords is strong and hard.
WPA2 Password Requirements
Any password is considered to be a strong password if it has a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and some special characters. Every password should have this type of combination. Whether it’s for your wifi router, social media, or even your bank passwords, a good secure password is very important. It is best to avoid passwords that contain your date of birth, place of birth, someone’s or your name, or for that matter, the letters arranged according to the keyboard or the usual 1 to 9 number string. All these passwords can be easily guessed and cracked instantly with not much work.
There are two types of WPA2 password securities. They are called WPA2 Personal and WPA2 Enterprise. As it can be stated from its names, one is for personal home use and the other is for big corporations and offices. The difference between the two is that enterprise one has an additional layer of security. This setup also includes a server that manages all the network passwords which buffs up the safety of your devices and networks.
Setup WPA2 Password for Networks
Now, the good thing is that you can set up these high-security password protection systems for your WiFi network. The process is really simple and easy. For example process, I will be using a Huawei router.
- First, you will need to visit your router’s admin page.
- This can be done by first connecting your device to the WiFi network and then entering the router’s IP address into the web browser.
- Now, you will be asked to enter the Username and password to access the router settings page.
- These details are usually found at the bottom of the router or will be present in the user manual that came with the router.
- Once you have entered the required details, you will be taken to the Settings page of your router.
- On the left side, click on the Advanced option.
- And finally, click on the WLAN option followed by WLAN Basic.
- Here you will see details such as the SSID name, authentication mode, encryption mode, and the PreShareKey i.e. the password.
- Under the Authentication Mode, you will be able to choose from a list of security types.
- Pick the WPA2 PreShareKey option.
- In the encryption option, you can select between TKIP, AES, or even set both.
- And finally, enter the WiFi password of your choice. Make sure to use a combination of upper case, lower case alphabets, numbers, and special characters.
- With all of that done, click on the Apply or Save button.
And this is everything you need to know about the WPA-2 Password and also how to set it up for your WiFi network. We hope this guide has helped you understand WPA-2, its benefits, and above all the method to set up a password that is encrypted with WPA-2. If you have queries or doubts, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
1 thought on “What is a WPA2 Password and How to set one up for your WiFi Network”
Hello Josh, very interesting writeup. One problem for me is that appears no explanation for my situation. I am using my iPhone as a hotspot. so there is no Wlan , ssid or anything else to look for. Perhaps an explanation on using a hotspot and how to set it up would be a great help.