Linksys E1000 Default Password

Change admin settings with the default password

What is Cisco E1000 default password?
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The default IP address for the E1000 router is This is what’s entered as the URL so you can access the router’s settings.

There isn’t a default username for this router, so you can leave that text field blank when logging in. However, there is a default password of admin, and, as with most passwords, the E1000 default password is case sensitive.

There are multiple hardware versions of the E1000 router and fortunately all of them use the same login information from above.

If the Linksys (Cisco) E1000 Default Username or Password Doesn't Work

The default username and password mentioned above is valid for the Linksys E1000 only if they haven't ever been changed. If they don’t work, it means that either you or someone else, has changed the default username and/or password to something more secure (which is good) but have since forgotten what they are.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to reset your Linksys E1000 router back to its default settings, which will restore the default username and password, too.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Turn the Linksys E1000 around so you can see the cables plugged into the back.

  2. Press and hold the Reset button for 10-15 seconds. You may have to use a small pointy object (like an extended paperclip) to reach the button.

  3. Remove the power cable from the back of the E1000 for just a few seconds and then plug it back in.

  4. Hold off at this point for just 30-60 seconds to give the router enough time to start back up.

  5. Make sure the network cable is still plugged into the back of the router and that you didn’t accidentally detach it

  6. Now that the default Linksys E1000 password and username has been enabled again, you can reconnect to the router with the information from above: IP address and the password admin (leave the username field blank).

  7. Change the default admin password to something more secure and consider storing it in a free password manager so you won't forget it. See How to Change a Router Password if you're not sure how to do that.

Restoring the default E1000 settings also means all your network and wireless settings were removed. You'll need to manually configure that information again - settings like your network name, the network password, any custom routing, etc.

To avoid having to fill in all the custom router settings again if you ever have to reset the router in the future, consider backing up all the router’s settings to a file. Do this by clicking the Backup Configurations button in the Administration > Management menu. Restoring is done via the Restore Configurations button.

What to Do If You Can't Access the Linksys E1000 Address

As you read above, the default IP address for the Linksys E1000 router is This address is needed to access the router but you might not know what it is anymore if you’ve changed it at some point through the router’s settings.

If the devices connected to your E1000 router are working just fine, but you don’t know the IP address that the router’s using, you can easily find it in Windows by seeing which IP address is configured as the default gateway.

If you’re using Windows, see How to Find the Default Gateway IP Address if you need help.

Linksys E1000 Firmware & Manuals Download Links

FAQs, software downloads, and everything else relating to this router is available through the Linksys E1000 Support page.

You can download the E1000 user guide from Linksys’ website here (this is a direct link to the PDF file).

The Linksys E1000 Downloads page has all the current firmware download links for the E1000.

Each Linksys E1000 hardware version uses different firmware, so be sure the one you download matches the hardware version of your E1000. The hardware version number can be found on the bottom of your router. The different versions are 1.0, 2.0, and 2.1, but if there isn’t a number, it’s version 1.0.