How to Get the Password for Your Router

By Jedadiah Casey

Routers designed to share a high-speed Internet connection, such as cable or DSL, among multiple computers in a home or small office networking environment can have two different passwords set if the router has wireless capabilities. One password is the default administrative password, and the other is the password, or WEP key, for the wireless network. You can get the wireless password for the router by logging into the administrative interface.

Open a Web browser, then type the router's IP address into the address bar. For example, for a Netgear router, type "" without quotes, then press "Enter." Refer to the router owner's manual for the default address.

Log in with the router's administrative username and password. Common combinations are "admin" and "password," and a blank username and "admin" for the password. Refer to the router owner's manual for details.

Click the "Wireless" or "Wireless Settings" link.

Click the "Security" or "Wireless Security" link to view the wireless password.