How to reset forgotten username and password on a 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
If you do not know your router's default router username and password, go to routerpasswords.com for a comprehensive listing.
Resetting your router
If the default username and password are not working, it probably was changed 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 is 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 before the reset.
If the router is from your ISP and you cannot perform a hard reset, contact the ISP for help resetting the username and password.
- How to access a home network router setup or console.
- See the router definition for further information and related links.
- Network and network card help and support.