TIP: Replacing the router? Keep the information the same

Replacing this old beast? Well, it’s about time. There’s been a lot of changes in router technology lately and you should absolutely jump in. If you’ve been staying on the sidelines because you’re worried about having to set up all your devices again, here’s a simple tip.

Just give the new router the same network name and passphrase as the old one. If your current wireless network is called “Joe’s House” then call the new network that too. If the current password is “Fid0x32ynot” then make that the new password too. It’s best to unplug the old router while setting up the new one so that your stuff doesn’t get confused, but once everything’s up and running all your devices will just find the new network automatically. Seriously, it’s that easy.

If you’re still using the old WEP encryption scheme, OK, you’re going to want to create a new password or passphrase. If you use the same passphrase but choose WPA2 encryption, some devices will be smart enough to figure that out but most won’t. But hopefully you’ve moved off the old WEP standard a long time ago, considering it provides pretty much no security at all and can be hacked in under five minutes.

So why not treat yourself to a new router now from Solid Signal? Turns out setting it up isn’t going to be as hard as you thought.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 6,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.