It’s time to go back to basics. You might not need an expensive password manager or a VPN to have safe internet access. If you have a router, you can use it to find forgotten WiFi networks. All your router needs is the capability of recording the wireless signal strength. The following article will show you how to do so easily and safely with OpenWRT firmware.
Why is it important to find forgotten WiFi networks?
It’s important to find forgotten WiFi networks because they can provide a way of accessing the internet without having to pay for a password. These networks may be unprotected, so it’s important to use caution when connecting with them. When you connect to a network from your home, your devices are usually secured with passwords and encryption. But with these forgotten networks, your devices might not have any security protocols in place at all. This makes it more likely that you’ll experience malware or ransomware on these networks.
That said, there are some benefits to finding these forgotten WiFi networks too. For example, many people who create these networks want other people to be able to access the Internet in areas where they’re not able to pay for a password or don’t have their own network set up. As such, these forgotten WiFi networks tend to provide better connection speeds than public WiFi hotspots from hotels and coffee shops, for example.
How to use your router to find forgotten WiFi networks
If you have a router, you can use it to find forgotten WiFi networks. All your router needs are the capability of recording the wireless signal strength. The following article will show you how to do so easily and safely with OpenWRT firmware.
Steps to find forgotten WiFi networks with a router
Turn off your router and unplug it for at least two seconds.
Plug the router back in and wait for it to start up, then turn it back off again.
Plugin your laptop and turn on WiFi, waiting until you see the list of available networks before turning off WiFi again.
Your router should now be scanning for signals in order to record their strength one by one.
When the list of WiFi networks is displayed, choose your current network (should show up as ‘My Network’ or ‘Network 1’) and click on “The following networks are within range” to see all the other networks in a range around you.
The ones with low signal strength will be shown first just like they’re listed when you search for them normally on your device’s WiFi settings menu, so try connecting to one of those with a high-enough signal strength that has not been saved already by your router.
How to see wifi password on android
In the past, whenever I had friends over who didn’t have a WiFi password that I knew, I would have to go through the time-consuming process of walking around the house with my laptop trying to find their network. This way was too tedious and time-consuming. One day, after searching for a better solution to this problem, I came across this article on Hackaday about using OpenWRT firmware to look up wireless networks.
OpenWrt is an open-source Linux distribution that runs on the majority of routers on the market today. It’s still in beta testing but it’s worth looking into if you’re interested in experimenting with your router.
How to reset wifi router password
There are two ways to reset a router password: the hard and the easy way. The hard way is to do it with software like you would on a computer. The easy way is to do it with your ISP.
If you want to do it the hard way, you need to find out what make and model your router is. You can use this website (http://routeripaddress.com/) to find out the IP address of your router. Type in your internet service provider information and click “Find Router.” Your router will come up with its make and model for you.
Now that you know what type of router you have, head over to http://192.168.1.1/. From there, type in the username and password that came with the router when you first set it up or that has been assigned by your landlord or another person who provided access at home for you. If it doesn’t work, try logging in as admin/admin or admin/password if your device’s administrator login ID is admin/admin, or just put in any other combination for both fields if they are blank or different from one another.