Internet, Networking, & Security Home Networking NETGEAR WNR1000 Default Password How to get in if you forget your NETGEAR router login credentials By Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated November 25, 2019 Netgear Home Networking Routers & Firewalls The Wireless Connection Network Hubs ISP Broadband Ethernet Installing & Upgrading Wi-Fi & Wireless Tweet Share Email All four versions of the NETGEAR WNR1000 router ship with a default username, password, and IP address. To access the router, open a web browser, go to the address bar and enter 192.168.1.1, which is the IP address common to most routers. Then enter admin as the default username and password as the default password (the password is case sensitive). If the Default Password Doesn't Work If the default password doesn't work for the WNR1000 router, someone changed it at some point. To return the router to the defaults, reset the router to its factory default settings. This removes the changed password and username, then restores the default credentials. Reset and restart are two separate concepts. Restarting the router doesn't reset the software; it starts a new session using the same login credentials. Here's how to reset a NETGEAR WNR1000 router: Plug in the power cable and turn on the router. Turn the WNR1000 around so you have access to the back panel. Use a paperclip or other sharp object to press the Reset button. Hold the Reset button for five to 10 seconds or until the power light blinks. When the power light stops blinking and becomes a solid color, the reset is complete. This may take at least 30 seconds. Unplug the power cable for a few seconds. Then, plug it back in to reboot the router. Wait at least 30 seconds for the WNR1000 to boot up. When the router is reset, go to http://192.168.1.1 and enter admin for the username and password for the password. To ensure security, change the default password. Passwords should be complex and hard to guess. Use a free password manager to store your passwords and find them quickly. Restore Your Preferred Settings Reenter the other custom settings if you want your router back in the same state it was in before you reset it. If you had a wireless network configured, for example, enter the SSID and password you want to use. The same is true for other custom settings, such as DNS servers. To avoid entering this information again if you reset the router in the future, back up the router settings to a file. Find out how to back up and restore the router configuration in Chapter 6 of the WNR1000 manual, in the "Managing the Configuration File" section. What to Do When You Can't Access the Router By default, you can access the NETGEAR WNR1000 router at http://192.168.1.1, unless the IP address was changed after it was first set up. You don't have to reset the router just to learn its IP address. Instead, use a computer that's connected to the router to find the default gateway. Firmware and Manual Links All downloads, user manuals, and support articles for this router are available on the NETGEAR WNR1000v1 support page. For information on your specific version, find the appropriate one in the Select a different version dropdown menu. Select the correct firmware for your WNR1000 router. Click Downloads to see and download all the software and firmware for your specific router. Each of the four versions of the WNR1000 router has a separate user manual: Version 1Version 2Version 3Version 4 These manuals are in PDF format. If the PDF manual doesn't open, install a free PDF reader.