If you are a new PLDT Home Fibr customer or an existing one who hasn’t changed anything on the default settings of your modem, you might want to consider doing some serious modifications on some of it particularly the default name and password of your WiFi.
If you don’t have a clue about what I’m going to talk about, just have your WiFi name (SSID) and password ready, these were the things PLDT gave you during the first few days upon the installation of your high-speed fiber optic internet connection. PLDT Home Fibr default WiFi settings normally consist of some alphanumeric characters and specific prefixes like PLDTHOME and PLDTWIFI for the wifi name and password, respectively.
Then you might want to compare these parameters if they match with the Default WLAN SSID Name and Default Security written on a white sticker located at the bottom portion of your modem. And if they end up identical, then you may have already been considered as the most generous person in the neighborhood by your computer savvy neighbors for sharing free internet connection.
PLDT had some serious flaws with how they formulated these default settings. Some hacker had discovered the flaw and shared it online. Eventually, a cheat sheet was created with the step by step guide on how to decipher or decode the default PLDT Home Fibr WiFi password just by converting some characters on the SSID or WiFi name. The method spread like wildfire on social media networking sites and underground forum sites. Resulting for the method to become more accessible and easier for everyone to hack into anyone’s modems with free access to the legitimate user’s unlimited high speed internet connection.
Given this incident, I cannot express enough the utmost importance of changing your WiFi’s default name and password. So by the end of this blog, you should be able to have full protection from this digital epidemic and have full control of your modem including it’s WiFi settings.
Step 1: Resetting your modem – Look for the reset button located on the right side of your modem. Use a toothpick or anything similar and press the reset button for 5 seconds. This would reboot your modem and revert everything back to its original settings.
Step 2: Connect to your WiFi – Your device should do this automatically. If not, just connect normally using the default password.
Step 3: Accessing your modem’s GUI – GUI stands for Graphical User Interface and this where the modem’s settings including your WiFi settings are located. To access your modem’s GUI, open any internet browser and go to http://192.168.1.1 – Login using the word admin for the username and 1234 for the password.
Step 4: Change the settings – I suggest you change both your GUI login details under Account Management and WiFi name (SSID Name) and password under SSID1. So in the event that someone has gained access to your WiFi, that person could not login to your modem’s GUI and change anything within it. Finally, just hit the Apply button to keep your new settings. Remember, once you hit Apply, you will automatically be disconnected from your WiFi because the new settings would immediately take effect. So don’t panic and just reconnect with your new WiFi password.
In the event that you needed to change your WiFi settings again, just repeat step 3 and login with your new GUI login username and password. You can change the WiFi settings under the Network tab > WLAN Settings > Advanced option.
The modem / router that came with your PLDT Home Fibr service is not the best in terms of performance and security. It is highly recommended that you invest in high-quality wireless router if you have the budget. High quality wireless routers tend to provide better results particularly in maximizing and optimizing high speed internet connections. In addition, most high-quality wireless routers provide better WiFi signal, range and stability. Some of the most trusted ones are made by Asus, Xiaomi, D-Link, Linksys and TP-Link.