How to Reset a Password for a Wireless Router

by Maya WalkerUpdated September 28, 2017
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Wireless routers allow a connection to the Internet without the need for cables. Computers or devices within a certain number of feet can connect to the Internet through one of the wireless router's access points. It is important to secure a router to ensure that others cannot access your network. Once a password is established for a wireless router, every device in the network must use the password to connect to the Internet. If you forget your password for your wireless router, you can reset the password within a matter of minutes.

Ensure the router is properly connected. Be sure to plug the router's power adapter into a wall outlet or a power strip. The device needs to be powered on to reset the password.

Locate the reset button on the back of the router. The reset button is a small hole usually located next to the port for the power adapter.

Press down the reset button for 30 seconds. You may need to use a pin or safety pin to hold the button down. Wait for the lights on the device to flash before letting the reset button go.

Open a browser window and enter the router's IP address in the address bar, then press the “Enter” key. The router's IP address varies by manufacturer. For example, a Linksys router's IP address may be You can find a list of common router IP addresses online (see Resources).

Log into the administrator site for your router. The username and password should be reset for the default logins.

Access the router's administrator password and create a new password. Follow the suggested guidelines listed by the router's manufacturer to create a strong password. Click “Save” or “OK” to save your new password.

Access the wireless security settings and create a password. Select either WPA or WEP to enable your wireless security, then enter a password in the appropriate field. Click “Save” or “OK” to save your settings.

Log out of the administrator site, then close the browser window.


Pressing the reset button restores the wireless router to the default factory settings, including your administrator settings.

The wireless security password you established must be entered on every computer you wish to allow to access the Internet through the router.


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About the Author

Maya Walker began writing professionally in 2008. Her articles have appeared on a variety of websites, covering technology, personal finance, music and health topics. Walker is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas.

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