How to Find Your Router's Login Password and User Name

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Each home router manufacturer has a way to reset and recover router password information. You are not able to view a forgotten password, but you can reset the password to its default to recover access to the router's console. This lets you change the router console password to a known value in case you forget your custom password value. Whether it is Netgear, Linksys or any other home router, each manufacturer provides this function.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper clip
  • Press and hold the reset button on the back of your router using the end of the paper clip. Hold the reset button for approximately five seconds. This resets your router to the default manufacturer settings.

  • Open a Web browser on one of your network computers. Type the router's IP address in the address bar. For most router manufacturers, the IP address is "192.168.1.1." Press "Enter."

  • Type the default password into the console login screen. For most manufacturers, the default password is "password." Click "Login" to access your router's console. You can now configure the router to your customized network settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • After you reset the router password, it's important to change the default to a new password value. This is typically in the Administration section of the router console.
  • If you forget your router password and must reset settings, you will need to reconfigure all of your router's settings.

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