How to Unsecure a Secured WiFi Connection


Unsecuring your Wi-Fi connection is helpful if you want to let your neighbors or friends access your network connection without needing a password. You can remove several of your router's security settings, such as encryption, to make your network more accessible. You unsecure your network by reversing the steps you would to make it secure.

How to open your Wi-Fi connection

  • Open your web browser and navigate to your router's settings page. The address is usually "", "" or "". If you can't determine the router's IP address, open the Windows Start menu, click "Run", type "cmd" and click "OK". Type "ipconfig" and press "Enter". Your router's IP address should be listed next to "Default Gateway".

  • Login to the router's settings page with your password. The default username and password are often "Administrator" and "password".

  • Disable MAC address filtering on your router's settings page. MAC address filtering is a setting that only allows computers with a pre-approved MAC address to access the network. A MAC address is a unique identifier used to differentiate computers on a network.

  • Navigate to the wireless security settings page. Turn off any encryption your router has enabled. Remove any passphrase that is required to access your network. Traffic sent over the network is no longer encrypted and anyone can login to your wireless router without a password.

  • Navigate to the settings page where you can edit your router's wireless mode. Increase the range of the wireless router so it is more accessible. Change the mode to 802.11n if possible. Make sure your router is physically positioned in a room with no obstacles near it, so the signal is unobstructed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult your router's instruction manual for help with editing your specific router's settings.

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