Default Passwords of D-Link Routers

Use the D-Link Router Default Password to Login

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To get admin access on most broadband routers requires you to have the IP address, username, and password that the router is setup with. By default, all routers come with a certain set of credentials, including D-Link routers.

A password is needed for D-Link routers because some of the settings are protected, and for good reason. These might include critical system settings like the wireless password, port forwarding options, and DNS servers.

D-Link Default Passwords

It's highly recommended to change the default password that your router is using, but it's necessary the first time logging into the administrative settings so that anyone using the router can easily know how to access the settings.

The default login for D-Link routers vary depending on the model but most of them can be accessed using a combination of what's seen in this table:

D-Link Model Default Username Default Password
DI-514, DI-524, DI-604, DI-704, DI-804 admin (none)
DGL-4100, DGL-4300, DI-701 (none) (none)
Others admin admin

See this D-Link default password list if you need specific details for other models or if you don't know the default IP address of your D-Link router.

Note: Remember that these default logins will fail if the router has been changed to use a custom password.

Should You Change the D-Link Default Password?

You should, yes, but it's not required. An administrator can change the router password and/or username at any time but it's not technically required. You can log in with the default credentials for the whole life of the router without any issues.

However, since the default password and username are freely available to anyone looking for it (see above), anybody within reach can access a D-Link router as admin and make any changes they wish.

Because it only takes a few seconds to change the password, one could argue that there is no downside to doing it. However, it's rare to actually need access to the router settings, especially if you're not one to make network-wide changes, which only makes it easier to forget (unless you could keep it in a free password manager).

On top of that, the inability of homeowners to remember router passwords can present serious problems when the home network does require troubleshooting or updating because then the whole router has to be reset (see below).

The risk level for not changing the router's default password mostly depends on the household's living situation. For example, parents with teenagers might consider changing default passwords so that curious kids are deterred from making changes to critical settings. Invited guests can also do major damage to a home network with administrative level access.

Resetting D-Link Routers

To reset a router is to erase any custom settings and replace them with defaults. It can usually be done through a small physical button that has to be pressed for several seconds.

Resetting a D-Link router will restore the default password, IP address, and username that its software originally shipped with. Any other custom options are removed too, such as custom DNS servers, the wireless SSID, port forwarding options, DHCP reservations, etc.