How to Reset a Password on a D-Link Router


Changing your Wi-Fi router's password from time to time is important to ensure the security of your network. As with all routers, D-Link routers use one password for accessing the Wi-Fi, or wireless network, and an Admin password for accessing the router's settings.

Getting In

Use any computer connected to the Wi-Fi network to access the router's Admin panel.

If you've forgotten the Wi-Fi password, you can quickly retrieve it using any computer that still has Wi-Fi network access. If your computer doesn't have the Wi-Fi password, connect an Ethernet cable directly from your computer to the router, using any LAN port or numbered port on the router. Do not connect the cable to the router's Internet port or WAN port.

If you have forgotten the Admin password, reset the router. To do this, unplug the router and insert a paperclip into the reset button hole for five seconds.

Once your computer is connected, type in the address bar of a new Web browser window and press Enter. The Admin panel opens, prompting you to log in. For most D-Link routers, the default login credentials are:

  • User Name: admin
  • Password: admin

If this doesn't work, leave the Password field blank, while using admin as the User Name . If a blank password doesn't work, consult your router's manual to find what its default password is.

(Image: Screenshot courtesy of D-Link.)

Resetting a Wireless Password

Step 1

Click the Wireless Settings option and then click the Setup tab. Click the Manual Wireless Connection Setup button.

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Step 2

Click the Security Mode button if you had to reset the router and select WPA Personal for a home router. Click the WPA Mode button and select Auto (WPA or WPA2), or select WPA2 if you have only relatively new wireless devices in your house that have all been updated in the last five years or so. WEP mode is not very secure and is not recommended by the FCC.

Enter an 8 to 63-character password. Longer passwords are more secure than shorter words. D-Link recommends using Strong Password Generator. You can test how secure your password is to ensure it will provide the right protection.

(Image: Screenshot courtesy of D-Link.)

Step 3

Memorize your password. As long as you don't have strangers or hackers walking through your house, you can write it down and keep it in a safe place. Click the Save Settings button.

(Image: Screenshot courtesy of D-Link.)

Resetting the Admin Password

To reset the Admin password, click Admin in the menu and then click the Tools tab. Enter a strong password in both Password fields in the Admin Password section. If you ever need to give someone access to your router settings, you can set up a User Password. Logging in with a User Password does not let you change passwords or settings.

(Image: Screenshot courtesy of D-Link.)

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