The Linksys E2000 Default Password

E2000 default password & other default login info

The default password for the Linksys E2000 router is admin. This password, like most Linksys passwords, is case sensitive, which means you should enter it exactly as shown, with no uppercase letters.

The username is also admin. Some Linksys routers don't require a username, but the E2000 does.

To reach the login page for the E2000, enter the default IP address 192.168.1.1 into the navigation bar in your web browser.

If the E2000 Default Password Doesn't Work

401 Unauthorized error while accessing 192.168.1.1
Incorrect Password Entered Into a Router.

A complex, hard-to-guess password is always a best practice for security's sake. This is probably why you can't get into your E2000 router; you've changed the password from admin to something more appropriate, which is good!

If you've forgotten your custom E2000 password, you can restore the router's configuration to its factory defaults, which will change the password to admin once again.

Here's how to do that:

  1. Make sure the E2000 is plugged in and powered on.

  2. Turn the router around so you can see the power cable and network cable plugged into the back.

  3. Locate the Reset area — the small hole with an even smaller button inside.

  4. With something small and sharp, such as a paperclip, press down on that reset button for around five seconds.

  5. After you let go of the button, wait a good 30 seconds for the router to finish resetting.

  6. Unplug the power cable from the E2000 router for just a few seconds, and then reattach it.

  7. Wait another 30 seconds for the router to finish booting up.

  8. Now that you've restored the settings of the Linksys E2000 router back to their default state, you can log in at http://192.168.1.1 with the username and password admin.

  9. At this point, it's important to change the default password to something much more secure than admin. If you're having trouble coming up with a hard-to-guess password, see these strong passwords for examples.

To avoid this problem in the future, store the new password in a free password manager. It's secure and far more convenient than writing down your passwords or storing them in a spreadsheet.

Restoring Your Router's Settings

Because you've reset the router, you have to reconfigure any other custom settings you had previously. If you had a wireless network, for example, reconfigure the SSID and password; the same goes for DNS server settings, port forwarding settings, etc.

After you fill in all your custom settings again, back up the router's configuration to avoid having to re-enter all this information if you ever reset the router again. You'll find instructions for this on page 34 of the E2000 user manual (see the links below).

If You Can't Access the E2000 Router

192.168.1.1 router that can't be reached
Wrong IP Address for a Router.

Most people don't ever change the default IP address used with routers like the Linksys E2000. If you have, however, you can't access the router with the default IP address. Fortunately, you don't need to reset the router again to find out what it is or to reset it back to ​192.168.1.1.

Instead, you just have to figure out what the default gateway is for any computer that's currently connected to the router.

Linksys E2000 Firmware & Manual Links

Linksys E2000 support page

The Linksys website has everything you need to know on the E2000 router, on the Linksys E2000 Support page. The Linksys E2000 Downloads page, specifically, is where you go to download the most recent firmware and Windows/Mac Connect Setup software.

The Linksys E2000 manual is a PDF file, so you'll need a PDF reader to open it.

Some routers have multiple hardware versions and, therefore, multiple firmware download links. In those cases, it's extremely important to download the correct firmware file. The E2000 has only one hardware version, so you can use the one and only firmware download link in the Hardware version 1.0 section of the download page.