NETGEAR WNR1000 Default Password

How to get in if you've forgotten your router's login credentials

Picture of the Netgear WNR1000 router


All four versions of the NETGEAR WNR1000 router ship with these defaults:

If the Default Password Doesn't Work

If the default password doesn't work for your WNR1000 router, someone (probably you) changed it at some point. Despite the fact that you've forgotten it, changing the default password is a good security practice.

Fortunately, all you have to do is reset your router back to its factory default settings. This will remove not only the password you've forgotten but also the username, and will restore both to the credentials above.

Reset and restart are two entirely separate concepts. Simply restarting the router doesn't reset the software; it merely starts a new session using the same login credentials.

Here's how to reset your NETGEAR WNR1000 router:

  1. Check that the power cable is plugged in and that the router is on.

  2. Turn the WNR1000 around so you have access to the back panel.

  3. Stick a paperclip or some other sharp, small object into the Reset hole to strike the button, and hold it down for five to 10 seconds or until the power light blinks.

  4. Wait at least 30 seconds for the router to finish resetting. When the power light stops blinking and becomes a solid color, the reset is complete.

  5. Unplug the power cable for a few seconds. Then, plug it back in to reboot the router.

  6. Wait another 30 seconds or so for the WNR1000 to boot up.

  7. The router has now been reset, so you can log in to with the default credentials from above at Use admin for the username and password for the password.

    WNR1000 interface
  8. To ensure security, change the default password.

Your password should be complex and hard to guess. Use a free password manager to avoid forgetting it again.

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 having to enter all this information again should you ever reset your router in the future, back up the router's settings to a file. Find the details for backing up and restoring the router's configuration in Chapter 6 of the WNR1000 manual, in the "Managing the Configuration File" section. (Links are below.)

What to Do When You Can't Access the Router

By default, you can access the NETGEAR WNR1000 router at, unless the IP address has been changed since it was first set up.

Fortunately, you don't have to reset the whole 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, support articles, etc. on 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.

Be sure to 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:

These manuals are in PDF format. If you can't get the PDF manual to open, install a free PDF reader.