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How To Reset Your Router’s Password

linksys routerI received a comment the other day asking me how to reset a router’s username and password back to the default username and password.  I thought this was a great question and worthy of a post.

In order to get your router back to the original settings, you must push in the reset button (usually on the back of the router) for somewhere between 10 and 30 seconds depending on the router.  You may need a pin or something small to push in the button, because it can be recessed.  Once you have reset the router, the username and password will be changed to the defaults, admin and password, respectively.

One thing you must remember is that resetting the router will change all of the router settings back to the factory settings.  This means you will lose all of the changes you made since you got the router.  Make sure to write down any things you’ve changed, so you can change them back after the reset.  Also, I recommend updating to the latest firmware after the reset.

  • Rick Wilcox

    Slight nitpick here – on many Cisco-Linksys home routers (most of the ones I’ve worked with including most iterations of the WRT54G series), the default username is blank and the password is “admin”.

    • http://www.lostintechnology.com Kyle Judkins

      I really appreciate the tip. I have only worked with routers that have admin and password as the user name and password, respectively.

  • Chris

    Different routers will have different usernames and/or passwords. I would suggest using a site like http://www.routerpasswords.com/ to find the combination for a given model. Or just Google ”[insert make and model] default password” to find yours.

    • http://www.lostintechnology.com Kyle Judkins

      I appreciate the feedback. I didn’t know about routerpasswords.com.

  • http://www.thewindowsfix.com The Windows Fix

    Routerpasswords.com…another one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” websites. That’s a great idea…and great post too Kyle.

    • http://www.lostintechnology.com Kyle Judkins

      I agree. I’d never heard of it until the previous comment. Also, thanks for the feedback!

  • Adam

    OMFG.. Chris thnx a lot

  • cool dude

    thanks for the tip dawg

  • steve nash

    thanxs man it worked.

  • muzzi

    this hasnt worked for mine its a linksys model wcg200v2-cc there is no password combination either to help me check if its wrong password

  • Saqib

    i made a wireless network. if i reset my router, will anything happen to the network

  • Amy Shavers Perkins

    I’m pushing and holding the red reset button but it doesn’t do anything. How do I know when it’s reset to to stop pushing the button?

  • Erika

    where do the password usually apear?

  • Db Subhashini

    Thank u Mr.Leo it was very useful for me.

  • Fatdaddy 0129

    if u change the passsword to lock router ,, n ulost it what do u reset?

  • Joeyyugioh

    Please consider checking out what is the password and username for the Thomson-Alcatel TG782 model.  I can’t seem the find it anywhere.

  • Petersonent

    how do i find out my apple wireless router password.  I set it up a year ago and cant remember the password to be used by guest

  • Arijan_zdelar

    i dont know my username and password of router i need it for my Mulitplayer minecraft server can some help me please :(

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