Lost wifi password

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  1. 420benz macrumors 6502

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    Went to change my wifi password and it asked me for my old password.
    How can i find it.Thanks
     
  2. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    Macbooks do not ask for a previous password in order to enter a new password.

    You trying to change the wifi password in a router?
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    Wifi password?
    Do you mean the network password on your wifi router?

    I can't think of a router that would need you to enter your old security password just to change the password, as you would be doing that while connected to your router web page - where you would be logged in just to view that page in the first place.
     
  4. 420benz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry but it does.
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    I am trying to change it on my MBP
     
  5. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    Oh, that's weird because I have never been asked to enter an old password to enter a new password when connecting to a wifi network.

    Are you trying to connect to a wireless network at home or work?

    Do you have a screenshot? I'm very interested in this issue in case I come across it in the future.

    Thank you.
     
  6. 420benz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I tried a screen shot but it is too big
     
  7. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    No worries. I appreciate the effort.

    Could you let me know where it is asking for the old and new password?

    Thank you.
     
  8. 420benz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I cliccli on settings, users and groups, change password
     
  9. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    Are you clicking on a username and trying to change the username password?
     
  10. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    Users and Groups is for your admin password - the same one that you would use for login to your Mac, and also the same one that you use for installing software. The admin password is NOT in any way related to your wifi security password.

    If you have forgotten your normal admin password, then you can reset that password, either by using the terminal, resetpassword command when you boot to your recovery partition, or you can also reset your new user setup, then reboot so your Mac takes you through making a new account and password.
    Or, alternatively, you can enable the root user, and simply change your admin password in your normal account while logged in to your root account.
     
  11. 420benz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How to do that will depend on your router. If you have an AirPort then you can use AirPort Utility (in /Applications/Utilities), but if it's third-party then it'll have its own method of changing the password.
     
  13. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    Changing the wifi network password also means that you would need to log in to the router, which would be a password that you might not often use. I bet that's the "old" password that you need. (?)
    And, that's often one that may still be the factory default, as users often don't change the access login to the router.
    Again, it will depend on which router you have.
     
  14. 420benz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No
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    I will call ATT tomorrow.Thanks
     
  15. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    But,
    Changing password in Users & Groups pane is definitely for your user account.
    Nothing in that pane will do anything with your wifi network login.

    If ATT supplied your wireless router, then they might be able to help you log in to the settings on your router... maybe.
    Let us know how that goes.
     
  16. 420benz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You guys are right.I was changing my user account password by mistake.
    I will call ATT today.Thanks
     

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