Linksys E1200 Default Password

E1200 Default Password & Other Default Login Info

Photo of a Linksys E1200 Router
Linksys E1200 Router. © Linksys

The Linksys E1200 default password is admin. Just like with most other passwords, this one for the E1200 router is case sensitive, which in this scenario means you can't use any uppercase letters.

When you're asked for the default username, enter admin there as well.

192.168.1.1 is a common default IP address for Linksys routers, and it's also the default IP address for the Linksys E1200.

Note: There are three hardware versions of the E1200 router (1.0, 2.0, and 2.2) but each of them uses the same information I just mentioned.

What to Do if the E1200 Default Password Doesn't Work

If the default password of admin doesn't work for your E1200 router, it just means that it's been changed to something else, probably something much more secure. While this is a good thing, it also means it's easy to forget.

Fortunately, you don't have to buy a new router or just avoid logging in to your router - you can simply reset it back to its factory default settings, which will restore the default information from above.

This is how to reset the Linksys E1200 router:

  1. Start by making sure the router is plugged in and powered on normally.
  2. Flip the router over so you have access to the bottom.
  3. With something small and sharp, like a paperclip or pin, press and hold down on the Reset button for 5-10 seconds.
  4. Flip the router back over to its normal position and then wait another 30 seconds for the Linksys E1200 to fully reset.
  5. Now unplug the power cable for a few seconds and plug it back in.
  1. Wait another 30 seconds or so for the Linksys E1200 to power back on.
  2. Now that the router has been reset, you can log in with the default username and password of admin as I described above. Use http://192.168.1.1 to access the router.
  3. Don't forget to change the router password now that it's been restored to the way-to-easy-to-guess password of admin. You can store the more complex password in a free password manager if you think you might forget it.

    Since resetting a router means all the settings are flushed out and restored back to how they were right out of the box, you have to reenter all the customizations you've made like any wireless network settings (e.g. SSID and wireless password), DNS server settings, port forwarding options, etc.

    One thing you can do to avoid having to re-enter all that information again in the future after a reset is to backup the router configuration to a file. You can read how to do that in the user manual linked below, on Page 61.

    Help! I Can’t Access My E1200 Router!

    The default IP address for the Linksys E1200 router makes the URL for accessing the router http://192.168.1.1. However, if you can't reach the router with that address, it means it's been changed to something else.

    Fortunately, unlike having to reset the router to get the default password restored, you can just see what the default gateway is configured as on a computer connected to the router. That IP address is the same as the router's IP address.

    See my guide on How to Find the Default Gateway IP Address if you don't know how to do that on a Windows computer.

    Linksys E1200 Manual & Firmware Links

    All the support and download links for the three versions of this router are available on the Linksys E1200 Support page.

    You can download the user manual for Version 1.0, Version 2.0, and Version 2.2 through this one link here, which is a direct link to the PDF version of the manual hosted on the Linksys website.

    Download firmware and other software for this Linksys router through the E1200 Downloads page.

    Note: On the E1200 Downloads page, you want to be positive that you're looking at the downloads that are specific to your router's hardware version. If you have version 2.2, use the Hardware version 2.2 link - the same is true for the other two versions.