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, and this default password is case sensitive. Some Linksys routers don't need a username to log in, but the EA6500 default username is admin. The Linksys EA6500 router's default IP address is the same as most Linksys routers:

The device 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 Cisco Linksys EA6500 router, the default password may have been changed. If you don't know this password, restore the software on the EA6500 to its default state to restore the default password.

How to Restore to Factory Defaults

Restore the 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 access to the back.

  2. With a paperclip or something thin and pointed, press and hold the Reset button for five to 10 seconds. Release the Reset button when the network cable lights flash at the same time.

  3. Remove the power cable from the router for 10 to 15 seconds, 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, then turn the router around to its normal position.

  6. With the EA6500 reset to factory defaults, open a web browser, go to, and log in with the default username and password (both are admin).

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, 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, which is However, this address can be changed, so if you can't access the Linksys EA6500, first find the IP address it's using. In Windows, find your default gateway IP address. To find 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.

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

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