Linksys E4200 Default Password

Here's how to get in if you've forgotten it

Linksys E4200 router

Belkin International, Inc.

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The default password for the Linksys E4200 router is admin. This password is case sensitive, so make sure you spell it just like this, with no capital letters. The E4200 doesn't have a default username.

The Linksys E4200 does have a default IP address, though: 192.168.1.1. This is how you connect to the router to log in.

The Linksys E4200v2 is sold and marketed as a different router than the E4200, but it's just a slightly upgraded version of the same device. The default password is the same for both routers, but v2 requires admin to be entered as the username.

When the E4200 Default Password Doesn't Work

If the default admin password isn't working when you try to log in to your Linksys E4200, you or someone else probably changed the password to something more secure at some point but then forgot it.

That's the caveat of choosing a new password: It's an important practice for security's sake, but it also means you can't figure out what it is easily. (In fact, no one should be able to figure it out.) However, if you forget your E4200 password, a simple reset will bring your router back to its factory default settings so that the default password works.

Here's how to reset the E4200 router:

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

    There should be a light on somewhere to indicate this, such as around the network cable or somewhere on the front of the device.

  2. Flip the router over so that you have access to the bottom.

  3. With something small and pointy (like a paperclip), press and hold down the tiny Reset button for 5–10 seconds.

    The idea here is to hold the button down until all the port lights flash at the same time. The Ethernet port lights are on the back of the router.

  4. Wait at least 30 seconds for the Linksys E4200 to reset, and then unplug the power cable for a few seconds.

  5. Plug the power cable back in and wait another 30 seconds or so for the router to boot up fully.

  6. Now that the E4200 has been reset, you can access the router at http://192.168.1.1 with the default information from above. Remember that the admin username is needed for the E4200v2.

Be sure to change the router's default password to something secure and difficult to remember now that you've reset it. A free password manager will help you retrieve it should you ever need to reset your router again.

Resetting the E4200 doesn't reset only the username and password but also any other custom settings you've configured. For example, if you set up a wireless network before you reset the router, you'll have to re-enter that information, including the SSID, wireless password, etc.

Consider backing up those custom settings to a file so that you can restore all of them at once if you ever have to reset the router again in the future. It's done through the Administration > Management menu of the router. You'll find screenshots to use for reference on page 61 of the E4200 user manual, which is linked at the bottom of this page.

When You Can't Access the E4200 Router

If no changes have been made to the IP address of the E4200, you should be able to access the router at the default address (http://192.168.1.1). If it has been changed, however, you don't need to reset the router or do anything drastic to see what its current IP address is.

Instead, you just have to find what the default gateway is set up as on a computer that's connected to the router. This IP address is the same as the router's address. If you need help doing that in Windows, see how to find your default gateway IP address. To find the default gateway in macOS, open System Preferences > Network > TCP/IP.

screenshot Router address in macOS Network System Preferences

Linksys E4200 Firmware and Manual Links

Linksys provides all the details of this router on the Linksys E4200 Support page on the Linksys website.

Linksys E4200 support page screenshot

If you're looking for firmware or Linksys Connect Setup software downloads, visit the official Linksys E4200 Downloads page.

Take care to download the correct firmware for the E4200 router. On the download page is a section for Hardware version 1.0 and Hardware version 2.0.

The entire E4200 user manual is available and applies to both the E4200 and E4200v2 routers.

The Linksys E4200 user manual is a PDF file, so you'll need a PDF reader to open it.