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Published on March 13th, 2015 | by Technable


How to Access Your Router If You Forgot the Password

Configuring your office or home wireless network requires that you access your router using the password protected administrator account.

The router enables you access the internet, configure network access settings and parental control. To do all these, you must access your router with the configured or default username and password.
Once is while you might have issues while trying to access your router if you forget the password or when someone else configured it for you and never gave you the password.
If you forgot the router password or cannot get it, there are various ways that you can use to access your router as desired.

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Techniques to enable you access your router


Find default username and password

Every router comes with a default username and password. To access your router, you need to find the default ID. Different companies mention the router username and password details at different locations. There are several ways to find this information. Often this detail is included in the router’s installation manual. Go through the manual to find the default password and you can use that to reconfigure the router. In case you have lost the manual, search online for the user manual of the router model that you have, and check for the password in the file.
If the manual doesn’t seem to have these details, check the router itself. Quite often the router’s default password is printed and pasted to the router as a sticker. In case of a unique password for each router of the same model, you’ll find the default password in the hidden sticker. Examine the router to locate the sticker and use the password. If the router has no sticker, you can try the common password combinations that some IT manufacturers use. Try using ‘admin’ as the password and username to access your router. If that doesn’t work, you can try the next option.

Reset the router to default factory settings

If you still cannot access your router, look for the router’s reset button. On pressing that button, it restores back to its original settings and all the reconfigurations done on it are wiped away. This way you’ll be able to access the router and play with its features but you will need some additional time to redo the settings and configurations that you had set on your router. Once you reset, you will use the default password to access your router and all port forwarding, network configuration and parental controls will have to be done from scratch.

The location of the default reset button varies from company to company. Some IT companies place the router default button right in front. Others place it in the back to avoid accidental contact and reset. To locate the button, you can check the online manual to see the built of the router. This button is usually labeled to help the users in such cases. Press the button to restore the settings to factory defaults. Usually the reset button needs to be kept pressed for about 10 seconds for it to work. Its slow configuration is designed this way so that you won’t lose valuable port forwarding data in case of accidental contact with the button.

Once you have pressed the reset button, the router will reboot and you will have to log in using the default username and password. After resetting and managing to access your router, you can change your username and password for security purposes. Write the new credentials and keep it in a safe place so that you will have your own cheat sheet in case of such a mishap in the future and won’t have to reset the settings when you want to access your router in future..


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