Linksys E2500 Default Password

E2500 Default Password & Other Default Login Info

Screenshot of a Linksys E2500 Router
Linksys E2500 Router. © Linksys

For all versions of the Linksys E2500 router, the default password is admin. As with most passwords, the E2500 default password is case sensitive.

Although some Linksys routers don't require a default username at all, the Linksys E2500 does - it uses the default username of admin.

Like most all other Linksys routers, is the default IP address used to access the router.

Note: There are three different hardware versions for the Linksys E2500 but they all use the same username, password, and IP address just mentioned.

Help! The E2500 Default Password Doesn't Work!

The Linksys E2500 default password and username are always the same when the router is first installed, but you can (and should) change both to something unique, and considerably more secure.

The only downfall to that, of course, is that these new, more complicated, words and numbers are easier to forget than admin and admin!

Resetting the E2500 to its factory default settings is the only way to restore the default username and password. Here's how:

  1. Make sure the router is plugged in and powered on.
  2. Physically turn the E2500 over so you have full access to the bottom side.
  3. Using a small, sharp object (a paperclip works great), press and hold the Reset button for 5-10 seconds (making sure it's pressed until the Ethernet port lights on the back flash at the same time).
  4. Unplug the power cable for 10-15 seconds and then plug it back in.
  5. Wait 30 seconds before continuing so that the E2500 has plenty of time to boot back up.
  6. Make sure the network cable is still attached to the computer and router.
  7. Now that the settings have been restored, you can access the Linksys E2500 at with the default login information from above (admin for both the username and password).
  8. Be sure to change the router's password to something secure, as well as the username if you want a bit of an extra layer of security.
    1. See these examples of a strong password if you need help. It might be a good idea to store the new password in a free password manager so that you don't ever forget it!

    Remember, too, that you now have to reconfigure your wireless network settings since resetting the E2500 removed all your custom ones. This includes your network name, network password, and any other custom settings you may have configured, like port forwarding rules or custom DNS servers.

    Help! I Can't Access My E2500 Router!

    Most routers are accessed as a URL through their IP address, which, in the case of the E2500, is by default. However, if you've ever changed this address to something else, you'll need to know what that address is before you can login.

    Finding the Linksys E2500 IP address is easy and doesn't require such an extensive process like resetting the whole router. You can find the router's IP address so long as at least one computer that's connected to the router is working normally. If so, you just need to know the default gateway that the computer is using.

    See How to Find the Default Gateway IP Address if you're not sure how to do that in Windows.

    Linksys E2500 Firmware & Manual Download Links

    The Linksys E2500 hardware version 1.0 and hardware version 2.0 both use the same user manual, which you can get here. The hardware version 3.0 manual is available here, and is specific to that version of the Linksys E2500. Both of these manuals are in the PDF format.

    Current firmware versions and other downloads for this router can be found on the Linksys E2500 Downloads page.

    Important: If you're looking to update the Linksys router's firmware, be sure to download the firmware that belongs to the hardware version of your router - each hardware version has its own download link. For the E2500, both version 1.0 and version 2.0 use the same firmware, but there's an entirely different download for version 3.0. You can find the version number on either the side or bottom of the router.

    All other information that Linksys has on the E2500 can be had on the Linksys E2500 Support page.