How to Change Your Wireless Router Password

What to Know

  • Go to the router’s administrative console_table in a browser. Enter the nonpayment password when prompted.
  • Look for a password mise_en_scene or alike field. Enter a fresh password and save it. 
  • Visit the router web_site for the steps or the placement of the settings to change the password. This varies depending on the router brand.

This article explains how to change your radio router’s default_option admin password. It applies broadly to all routers.

How to Change the Default Router Password

Hackers have been breaking into radio_receiver networks for a hanker time, but they don’t need to hack your radio if you never changed your radio router’s admin password from its nonpayment value. All the hack needs to do is expression up the default_option password and logarithm in.

To change the nonpayment password, open the administrative cabinet in a vane browser, enter the default_option router password and spirit for a battlefield labeled password or something similar. Directions vary by trade_name and exemplar of router.

Where to Find a Router Default Password

You need to know the nonpayment password to change it. If you didn’t write it down when you set up the router, you can find it in the software_documentation that came with the router or on the manufacturer’s website.

Check out lists of default_option passwords for Linksys, Cisco, D-Link, NETGEAR, and Belkin routers if you need help locating the credentials for your router.

Illustration of a person entering a raw router password on a calculator screen
Illustration of a person entering a newfangled router password on a computer screen

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How to Reset the Router if You Can’t Remember the Password

If you changed the password but don’t know what it is, and it’s not the nonpayment prize for your model, you have to perform a factory readjust to restore the default.

The steps that follow are general. When executed, they wipe all of your router’s shape settings and set them rear to their out-of-the-box factory defaults. You have to change all your router’s settings, such as your radio_receiver net SSID, password, encoding settings, and sol on, after performing this step.

Many modern routers provide an app for connecting over Wi-Fi. No Ethernet cable, IP address, or password is required. If you have a newly router like that, you can credibly equitable re-pair the app with the router via scanning a code on the router. Of course, researching the how-to from the manufacturer is wise.

  1. Press and hold the readjust push_button on the spinal_column of your radio router. You will credibly have to hold the readjust clitoris from 10 to 30 seconds, depending on your trade_name of router. If you hold it for excessively short_circuit a clock_time it will merely reboot the router, it will not reset the router thus that it reverts binding to its factory default_option settings. On some routers, you may have to use a fall or thumbtack to press the release if it is recessed inside the router.

  2. Connect a computer to one of your router’s Ethernet ports. Most routers offer a browser-accessible administrator foliate that you must log into in ordering to entree the router’s shape settings. Some routers disable presidency through radio connections, then associate to the router using an Ethernet cable—and don’t get_in_touch to the router larboard that says WAN or Internet—before attempting to entree the router’s shape page.

  3. Enter the IP savoir-faire of your router’s administrative interface in your browser’s cover bar. Most routers have what is called a nonroutable home IP address, such as or This inner savoir-faire cannot be accessed from the internet, but if accessed from within the net connects to the router directly.

    Some criterion addresses include:

    • Apple:
    • ASUS:
    • Belkin: or
    • Buffalo:
    • DLink: or
    • Linksys: or
    • Netgear: or

    You may have to consult your particular router’s manual_of_arms for the right cover or check a web_site such as

  4. Enter the nonpayment administrator login appoint and the default_option administrator password. Locate the nonpayment admin mention and password for your particular router by checking the manufacturer’s web_site or looking for a spine on the slope or buttocks of the router. In many cases, the login identify is admin and the password is blank—which is why changing the password is such a critical security_system requirement.

  5. Change the router’s admin password. Instructions vary by router manufacturer, but in general, search for the security_system settings page. Change the administrator credentials. If you can, change the username. When you reset the password, enter a potent building_complex password.

Router Passwords vs. Network Passwords

Your router’s administrative password is not the lapp as the password to entree your Wi-Fi. In fact, you should not use the lapp password for both purposes.


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