Kill the 2WIRE – Renaming your U-verse Router

AT&T U-verse modems all come pre-installed with default names (2WIRE123) and default passwords (10 digits).  That is boring, and not easy to remember.  Picking your router from all your sheep neighbors can be difficult if your urban density is high, and the 10 digits are not the ones you need.

If you connect your computer to the modem directly with an ethernet cable, you can manipulate these things.  There is a default IP address for ALL routers.  If they’ve politely implemented it, you can access it at – though there are other addresses used by different manufacturers.  The U-verse modems have a quite nice interface to manipulate the settings. (I’ve recently found that might get caught by the modem as well.)

There’s a link at the bottom labeled “Wireless”, which is the equivalent of clicking on the tabs Settings->LAN->Wireless.

full screen (notice you can see the devices that have connected):

Which will take you to a page where it should be obvious where to change the name and/or password for the Wi-Fi:

I like the network name (SSID) to be something useful.  I put my address there.  If a neighbor wants access, I give them the password.  That’s how I roll.  And I prefer a custom Wireless Key so that I can easily give it to visitors. I suggest everyone use bill!IS!awesome. Your local security expert may suggest something else, but 10 digits is just annoying.