Linksys EA6500 Default Password

EA6500 default password and other default login info

Linksys EA6500 AC1750 Smart Wi-Fi Dual-Band Router

The default password for both versions of the Linksys EA6500 router is admin. As with most passwords, the EA6500 default password is case sensitive. Some Linksys routers don't need a username when you first log in, but the EA6500 has a default username, and it's the same as the password: admin.

The Linksys EA6500 router's default IP address is the same as most Linksys routers:

This device's model number is EA6500, but it is often marketed as the Linksys AC1750 router.

When the Default Password Doesn't Work

At some point during the life of your particular Cisco Linksys EA6500 router, the default password was probably changed, which is a good thing, and you might have forgotten what it was changed to.

In this case, simply restore the software on the EA6500 to its default state to restore the default password.

How to Restore to Factory Defaults

You usually restore a router using a special button or sequence of actions. Here's how it's done on the Linksys EA6500:

  1. With the router plugged in and powered on, turn it around so that you have full access to the back.

  2. With a paperclip or something else thin and pointy, press down on the Reset button for five to 10 seconds and hold it down until the network cable lights flash at the same time.

  3. Remove the power cable from the router for 10 to 15 seconds and then plug it back in.

  4. Give the Linksys EA6500 30 seconds to boot back up fully before continuing.

  5. Make sure all the cables are still attached, and then turn the router back around to its normal position.

  6. With the EA6500 reset to factory defaults, you can log in at with the default username and password (both are admin).

Make sure to change the default router password on your EA6500 to something more secure as soon as you're in. Then, use a free password manager so you'll never forget your new password.

Now that the Cisco Linksys EA6500 has been reset, you must re-enter any custom settings to re-create the setup you had before. This includes the wireless network SSID, its password, port-forwarding details, and custom DNS server settings.

If You Can't Access Your Router

Typically, you can access the EA6500 router at its IP address, However, this address can be changed, so if you can't access the Linksys EA6500, you must first find the IP address it's using. If you need help doing that in Windows, see how to find your default gateway IP address. To find the this in macOS, open System Preferences > Network > TCP/IP.

Firmware and Manual Download Links

Every support document and the recent firmware downloads for the EA6500 router are located on the official Linksys EA6500 AC1750 Support page of the Linksys website.

Linksys EA6500 support page screenshot

Both versions of this router use the same user manual, which you can download as a PDF file.

Make sure you get the firmware that goes with your specific router. There are two hardware versions of the EA6500: version 1 and version 2.