How to Find the Password

If you didn't change it, the default credentials vary by manufacturer and device

When you go to in a web browser and are prompted for a username and password, you're most likely logging into a Linksys, NETGEAR, or D-Link broadband router. is the private IP address that a router uses on a network. Other devices connect to this address to access the internet.

Default Username and Password

If you own a Linksys router, browse the list of default passwords to find the username and password that belong to your specific router. That list shows lots of model numbers that you can use to look up your router's default login information.

If is used to access your NETGEAR router, use the NETGEAR default password list instead. D-Link routers may also use the address. If you have a D-Link router with that address, a different list of D-Link routers can help you find the default username and password combo that goes with it.

An illustration of a router log-in.

Do not continue using the factory default login information on a router. Change the default password on a network router to improve the security of your home network.

The Default Password Doesn't Work

If is the address to your router but you can't use the default password or username to log in, the default password or username was changed at some point after the router was installed.

If you've tried every password you can think of and nothing has worked, you'll need to reset the router back to factory defaults. Resetting (not rebooting) a router removes any custom settings you've applied to it, which is why resetting will remove the username and password that it was changed to. However, other custom settings are deleted also, including wireless network settings, custom DNS servers, and port forwarding options.

Before resetting your router, be sure to look on the bottom to see if there's a sticker there with your password listed. Some manufacturers do add these stickers, and it could save you a headache.

Store the router's username and password in a free password manager so that you'll have it in the future.