Linksys WRT54GL Default Password

WRT54GL default password & other default login info

Linksys WRT54GL Router


Both versions of the Linksys WRT54GL router use the default password admin. This password is case sensitive, which means it should be entered with no capital letters. The WRT54GL doesn't have a default username, so when asked for it, leave that field blank. Use the IP address to access the router through a web browser. This particular IP address is used with most Linksys routers.

This router comes in two hardware versions — 1.0 and 1.1. However, both versions use the same IP address, username, and password.

Help! The WRT54GL Default Password Doesn't Work!

If the default password for your Linksys WRT54GL doesn't work, it most likely just means that it's been changed from admin to something more secure (which is a good thing). To restore the custom password to the default password, reset the router to its factory default settings.

To reset the WRT54GL router:

  1. Turn the router around so you can see the back where the antennas and cables are plugged in.

    Backside of Linksys WRT54GL Router
  2. Make sure the power cable is firmly plugged in.

  3. Press and hold the Reset button for 5 seconds. Use a paperclip or something that's small enough to fit in the hole

    The Reset button is on the left side of the back of the WRT54GL, near the Internet plug.

  4. Release the Reset button, then wait 30 seconds for the router to reset.

  5. Unplug the power cable for a few seconds, then plug it back in.

  6. Wait for 30 to 60 seconds for the router to fully boot up.

  7. Access the WRT54GL router through a web browser at the default IP address: Since the password has been reset, enter admin to login to the router.

  8. Change the default password of the router now that it's back at the default, which isn't secure at all. Store the new password in a free password manager if you're concerned that you'll forget it again.

At this point, to re-enable the wireless internet and other custom settings like DNS servers, reenter that information. This is because resetting the router doesn't only remove the password, it removes any custom changes you've made to it.

After you've made the changes you want to make to the router, make a backup of the router configuration so that you can restore the backup in the future if you ever have to reset the router again. You can learn how to do this on Page 21 of the user manual (there's a link to the manual below).

What to Do When You Can't Access the WRT54GL Router

By default, you should be able to access the WRT54GL router through the address. If not, it just means that it's been changed since the router was first set up.

All you need to find the router IP address is the default gateway of a computer that's currently connected to the router. You don't have to reset the whole router like you do when the password is lost.

See How to Find Your Default Gateway IP Address if you need help doing this in Windows. The IP address you find there is the one to enter in the web browser URL bar to access the router.

Linksys WRT54GL Firmware & Manual Links

On the Linksys website is a link to a PDF file that's the WRT54GL user manual. Other downloads like firmware and computer software related to this router, can be downloaded from the Linksys WRT54GL Downloads page.

Make sure the hardware version number of the firmware you download is the same as the hardware version written on the router. The hardware version is on the bottom of the router, next to the model number.

Everything on this router such as the manual, downloads, FAQs, and more, can be found on the Linksys WRT54GL Support page.