Linksys EA6500 Default Password

EA6500 default password and other default login info

The default password for both versions of the Linksys EA6500 router is admin, and this default password is case-sensitive. Some routers don't need a username to log in, but this one does: the EA6500 default username is admin. Its 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.

Linksys EA6500 AC1750 Smart Wi-Fi Dual-Band 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. This is good... but only if you remember it. If you don't know this password, restore the software to its default state to reactivate 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 device 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 router 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 to something more secure as soon as you're in. Then, use a password manager to store the password so you'll never forget it again.

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, see our How to Find Your Default Gateway IP Address guide.

Firmware and Manual Download Links

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

Linksys EA6500 support page

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

If you plan to update the router's firmware, be absolutely sure to download the correct file that goes with your specific router. There are two hardware versions of the EA6500: version 1 and version 2.

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