How to reset forgotten username and password on router

Computer Hope does not assist users in bypassing network security measures. However, if you forgot the username or password for a router you own or have authorized access to, the following sections should be of assistance.

Default username and password

Before performing a hard reset on the router, you may want to try the default username and password. While not the same for all routers, it may grant you access. In many cases, the default username and password for a router is the following.

Username: admin or administrator
Password: <Blank>, admin, or password

Tip: If you do not know your router's default router username and password, go to for a comprehensive listing.

Resetting your router

Linksys router reset buttonIf the default username and password are not working, it has probably been changed at some point in the past by you or your network administrator. Most routers have a small pinhole button on the back or bottom (shown in the picture). Pressing and holding this button for 10-15 seconds hard resets the router. This action restores all default settings, allowing you to use the factory default username and password.

Once the router has been reset, you may enter the setup screen and change the password to whatever you prefer. Also, you need to re-enter any configuration settings that were in place prior to the reset.

If the router is from your ISP and you cannot perform a hard reset, contact the ISP for instructions on how to reset the username and password, or how to access the router configuration.

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