Update or change your PLDT wifi name and password to protect your modem and wifi from authorized access with this easy step by step guide.
I was working as usual on my online projects when I noticed that my PLDT HomeDSL internet speed is crawling. It’s so slow that it’s weird especially since I’m not downloading anything and I am the only one at home using our wifi, and I only have one website open.
So what then could possibly caused my PLDT Wifi to be so slow?
A nagging thought persists that I finally decided to check the wifi settings to know how many are actually connecting to our PLDT wifi, and lo and behold there were 4 Active Connections when it should have been just one – my laptop.
Have you experience something similar?
My mistake is that I did not change the default PLDT wifi name and password. Yahhh, I forgot to request the technician when my modem was replaced to also change the wifi name and pass phrase. I thought it’s just okay to keep things at default.
But I think our wifi was hacked or someone found a way to connect to our modem, simply because wifi remains default at “PLDTHOMEDSL” using the default password. So I’ve decided right then and there to change our PLDT HOMEDSL wifi SSID name and also its password.
After doing so, so far so good. After I refreshed I can only see 1 Active Client connection and that’s legit.
How to: PLDT CHANGE WIFI NAME
If you are experiencing the same problem, and you also want to change or adjust the name of your wifi modem from PLDT, or to change the password, or to do both, here is a tutorial for you.
First, get a LAN cable and connect your computer directly to the modem. Enable your Ethernet connection to keep the net connection alive while you tinker with your wifi settings.
Second, login to the PLDT modem admin interface. On your browser just type the following 192.168.1.1
The PLDT Login page will load, use the following credentials:
Username: pldtadmin OR try adminpldt
UPDATE APRIL 7, 2018 -I just spoke with a PLDT rep over the phone since I have been trying to login to adminpldt but it’s rejected. The message was “Username or password error, try again!“. Since I know I key-ed in the correct password and the username is correct, but I can’t enter the admin dashboard, the best recourse would be to call the hotline for assistance.
PLDT Hotline number is now 171 (it used to be 172 for Broadband). Anyhow, so I was able to chat with a rep. Told him the issue I was facing. He said that PLDT has temporarily disabled the username ‘adminpldt‘ due to a hacking issue that they are dealing with. This rep then advised me that to try using username “admin” then password “1234”.
I tried logging in to PLDT admin dashboard 192.168.1.1 using just that ‘admin’ username and “1234” password. The page loads and prompted me to change the password, so I did.
If you are facing the same issue, you may try the troubleshooting that I followed. And then just follow the rest of the CHANGING WIFI USERNAME and PASSWORD on this post, once you are inside the admin dashboard.
The dashboard will then display. Next click on “SET-UP”, then “WLAN”, then “BASIC”. See this sample pic:
Go to the field that says SSID, and add a ‘name extension’ to your modem. You cannot remove the “PLDTHOMEDSL” name, but what you can do is add some words after it to personalize your modem and to easily identify it in case you have several neighbors who also have PLDT HOMEDSL internet.
I’ve chosen to add the name “Webbies” so our new PLDT wifi name is now “PLDTHOMEDSL Webbies”.
Click on “Apply changes”. Your WLAN will need to restart, wait for a few seconds.
Once restart is done, you will notice that on the left sidebar a “red notification” shows up that says “Attention Config is modified to make it effective forever SAVE”. You must click on “SAVE”.
This way when you turn off your modem and unplug it, then you turn it on again, the PLDT wifi name change is effective. If you won’t “Save”, when you turn off your modem it will revert back to the old settings when you turn it on again.
That’s it, you have effectively change your PLDT wifi name. Hurray for personalization!
How to: PLDT CHANGE WIFI PASSWORD
After changing your modem wifi’s name, you can also change your password. This is how you do it:
Go back to SETUP >> WLAN >> SECURITY
When WLAN Security settings are open, go to the field that says ‘pre-shared key’. Delete the existing key and enter your new wifi password.
Click on “Apply Changes”. Refer to the picture guide below:
After applying changes, WLAN will restart for about 20 seconds.
Again, since you have made modifications on your PLDT modem wlan settings, if you want to make the changes stick, you must click on “SAVE” under the red notification on the left sidebar. Refer to picture number 5 above.
After modifying your PLDT wifi password and name, you can turn of your modem for good measure. Then turn it on again. If you want to use Wifi on your phone or laptop, search for nearby wifi, click on your new wifi name, enter your new password, and wait for the ‘connected’ status. That’s it and you are done! 🙂
This is what I just did a couple of minutes ago. Hopefully I won’t see weird and unauthorized connections again to our wifi.
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