Linksys EA4500 (N900) Default Password

EA4500 (N900) Default Password & Other Default Login Info

Picture of the Linksys EA4500 N900 Router
Linksys EA4500 (N900) Router. © Belkin International, Inc.

The default password for the Linksys EA4500 router is admin. Make sure you spell it just like that, because of this password, like most passwords, is case sensitive.

The Linksys EA4500 also requires a username, which is admin, just like the password.

Like almost all Linksys routers, 192.168.1.1 is the EA4500 default IP address.

Note: This device's model number is EA4500 but it is often marketed as the Linksys N900 router.

Also know that even though there are two hardware versions of this router (1.0 and 3.0), both of them use the same information I just mentioned.

Help! The EA4500 Default Password Doesn't Work!

While it's important to change a password to something more secure (especially when the password is really simple like admin), it's sometimes hard to remember what you've changed it to.

If the default Linksys EA4500 password isn't working, you can very easily just reset the router back to its factory defaults to restore the router's settings back to how they were before you made any customizations.

Here's how to reset the Linksys EA4500 router to its factory default settings:

  1. Make sure the router is powered on, and then flip it around so you have access to the back where the cables are plugged in.
     
  2. With something small and sharp (a paperclip is a good choice), press and hold down the Reset button for about 15 seconds.

    The goal is to wait for the power indicator light to flash. It should be around 15 seconds but it might be sooner or later.
     
  1. Now that the EA4500 has been reset, unplug the power cable for a few seconds and then plug it back in.
     
  2. Wait another 30 seconds or so for the router to boot back up.
     
  3. Now you can login to the router at http://192.168.1.1 with the default information I mentioned above - admin for both the username and the password.
     
  1. Don't forget to change the default password to something other than admin - just don't forget what you've changed it to! If you want, you can store the new password in a free password manager to avoid forgetting it.
     

Since the router has been reset, any other customizations you've made has been reset too, like the wireless network password and SSID, DNS server settings, etc. You'll have to reenter that information to get the router back to how it was before the factory reset.

If you want to avoid having to enter this information in again if you ever have to reset the router in the future, you can back up the router's configuration to a file and then restore that file back to the router to restore all the settings. Page 55 of the user manual (the link to that is below) shows you how to do that.

What to Do When You Can't Access the EA4500 Router

If you can't get to the EA4500 router through the 192.168.1.1 IP address, it probably just means it has been changed to something else after it was first set up.

Fortunately, you don't have to reset the router to get the IP address. Instead, you just need to know the default gateway that a computer connected to the router is using. If you need help doing this in Windows, see How to Find Your Default Gateway IP Address.

Linksys EA4500 Firmware & Manual Links

Visit the Linksys EA4500 N900 Support page for all the resources Linksys has on this router, like updated firmware, a user manual, FAQs, and more.

Important: If you're downloading the firmware for the EA4500, make sure you're downloading the right one for the hardware version of your router. On the download page is a section for Version 1.0 and a separate one for Version 3.0. In each section is a separate link to the firmware file.

Here's a direct link to the EA4500 user manual if that's what you're looking for. This is a PDF file, so you need to have a PDF reader in order to read it.

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