Many home broadband packages now come with wifi as standard allowing you to wirelessly connect to your PCs, mobile phones, tablets and other devices to your home network and to the internet but it can be easy to loose track of the name of your wifi network and the password you need to connect to it.
If you’ve lost track of your wifi name or password the first thing to do is to check the name of your wifi router. You may find that printed on its label; both the network name, also known as an SSID, and the password.
If you can’t find these details or they don’t seem to work because someone has changed them then fear not. Just find a computer that is connected to the network.
If you’re using a Windows Seven machine, click the wireless connections icon in the system tray at the bottom right hand corner of the screen. The name of your current connection will be your home network name. Right-click the current connection, select properties and choose the security tab, check show characters and you’ll see the password.
On a Mac you can find out the network name by clicking the wireless symbol in the menu bar in the top right hand corner of your screen. To find the password click on the desktop background to switch to finder, select the go menu at the top of the screen and then choose utilities.
Launch keychain access, double click on the network name, check the show password box you may be asked to enter your computer log-in password here.
Now make sure you make a note of your SSID and password but keep it safe from prying eyes on and if you ever want to change either your wifi network name and password you’ll need to use a web browser to access your wireless router’s control panel, check the router instructions for details about how to do this.
If you don’t have the instructions simply visit the website of the router manufacturer and download the instructions from there.
This guide was written by Clair, Tesco Tech Support.