Anybody who has installed FIOS has the same problem… a hand-written card with an insane password to enter on every new device. And are those numbers or letters? Luckily it’s easy to fix.

To login to your Wi-Fi router, open up a browser and go to and then login with the password located on the sticker on the router itself. (The username is always admin).

Once there, click on Advanced Security Settings on the left-hand side.

Now you’ll be presented with a screen that asks you what type of security to use. If you have some really old devices like the original Nintendo DS, you might need to use WEP, but for the most part, you should be using WPA2 as it is the only type of secure encryption for Wi-Fi.

So click the radio button to select WPA2.

This will take you to a screen that allows you to enter your password.

Since that last screenshot is basically unreadable, here’s a zoomed-in view. You’ll want to select “Custom pre-shared key” instead of “Verizon default pre-shared key,” and then add your own security key there instead. Make sure to click Apply when you are done, of course.

And please, use a responsible and long password so the neighbor’s teenager doesn’t hack your Wi-Fi. Maybe something like My1Passwordisbetterthanyours.

You’ll immediately be logged out and need to connect to the Wi-Fi again on every device that you had previously connected.

For more on configuring your Verizon FIOS router, check out these guides:


Profile Photo for Lowell Heddings Lowell Heddings
Lowell is the founder and CEO of How-To Geek. He’s been running the show since creating the site back in 2006. Over the last decade, Lowell has personally written more than 1000 articles which have been viewed by over 250 million people. Prior to starting How-To Geek, Lowell spent 15 years working in IT doing consulting, cybersecurity, database management, and programming work.
Read Full Bio »