It’s happened to me a lot. Whenever I get a router, I throw away the instruction manual. It’s a dumb decision, I know. But I’d rather have a clean house than one covered in a neat layer of instruction manuals. So, when I forget the password, it turns out that I am not doomed. You aren’t, either. Whether you own a Belkin, Motorola, D-Link, or Netgear router, you can solve the “forgotten password” problem with a few simple solutions.
Today, I’ll walk you through each of them and show you how you can recover the router password.
Have You Tried Entering Without A Password?
This might seem a bit obvious, but there are a few people who will try password after password without thinking, “Hey, let me try going in without typing up a password.” The process isn’t lengthy, and it doesn’t hurt to try. Belkin’s latest routers don’t require a password at all. By default, they just let you log in. Of course, you’d think that there was a password because a big login screen popped up in front of you. Just try it. You’ll probably get lucky.
If you’ve set a custom password, you’re most likely out of luck with any other methods. Your router contains a reset button usually located conveniently close to the Ethernet ports where you connect all the cables. If you don’t find it, just look harder. The button is within a tiny hole. Undo a paperclip or something that is thin and dull, and insert it into the reset hole. Note that this will also reset your router’s configuration. You’ll have to reconfigure the whole thing from the ground up again. Next time, keep better track of your passwords!
Search For The Default Password
Just type up your model in a search engine and write the words “default password” after the model’s name. You’ll find its default password. Alternatively, if you can’t find the device’s password, you can either try this site or this one. You should find the passwords for most common and modern models on the first link. The second link contains a lot of legacy routers and several models. Warning: The second list is enormous and could keep you waiting a while before it loads completely. At least it’s sorted alphabetically!
Must Read: How to Create Wireless Network Without Router.
Still No Luck? Shoot For The Moon!
There are two general trends in router passwords: they are usually very simple names, and the password is usually the same as the username. Try “admin” as the username and “admin” as the password. On more than half of routers today, this works. Other routers might use “root.” Some have no username, but a password is present. The Belkin F5D6130 is a perfect example of this. It has no username, but the password is “MiniAP.” Bintec routers usually use “admin” as the username and “bintec” as the password. Cisco passwords are a bit harder to crack. They rarely use the “admin/admin” combo. Its usual usernames are “admin,” “Administrator,” or “Cisco” (with the same password). The usual passwords are “attack,” “changeme,” “cisco,” “system,” “changeme,” or “changeme2.” One router uses the “admin/admin” combo, that I know of (VPN Concentrator 3000). Another router (or, rather, a firewall – PIX Firewall) uses no username and “cisco” as the password.
I certainly hope that this was helpful! Comment below if you have any questions or need help.