How to Reset Your Username & Password for a Linksys Wireless Router

By Fred Decker

Cisco's Linksys routers use a consistent administrative setup screen.
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A large number of companies manufacture wireless network cards and routers, but Cisco's Linksys line is one of the most widely sold and used. While this popularity attests to their reliability and versatility, it also means that many people are familiar with their default settings. If you're setting up a Linksys router, it's important to protect your network's security by resetting the default password.

Connect the Linksys router to a power bar or wall outlet, and turn it on. Connect your computer to the router by plugging an Ethernet cable into the computer's Ethernet connection and running the other end to one of the four Ethernet ports on the router. Ensure that the corresponding LED lights on the front of the router, verifying that you have a working connection.

Open a new browser window, and type the router's IP address into its address bar, and press the "Enter" key. For Linksys routers, the default IP is A login prompt will appear on your screen.

Skip the username field on the login screen, and type "Admin" into the password field. These are the defaults for a new or factory reset Linksys router. Click "OK" when you're finished, and Cisco's configuration screen will appear on your computer.

Click the "Administration" tab and enter your chosen password into both the "Router Password" field and the "Re-Enter to Confirm" field. Click "Save Settings" at the bottom of the screen.

Items you will need

  • Ethernet cable

  • Computer with an ethernet connection


Some Linksys routers also require you to type "Admin" as the username during login. The username can't be changed in the configuration screen.