Where's that darn router password?

Daniel Pataki
Dec 17, 2007
Updated • Jun 4, 2013

Every router and even many modems are secured by a password, and while it is often very easy to find out what it is, for instance when the admin password is listed on the back of the device, it sometimes can be difficult to find out if someone changed the password or if it is not listed on the router itself and you cannot remember it.

Most of the time this means that someone runs frantically around in the apartment or office to find the password that they have written down somewhere. And while that is funny to see at times, it also means it takes longer to gain access to the router to modify settings or look up information.

Now you can stop wondering, since Routerpasswords has all the answers. Just select your router, click find password and it will list all default user names and passwords for the routers of that company. This works obviously only if the default password is still the password to access the router. If it has been changed in the meantime, it won't help you at all.

Just select the router maker from the list of available ones. The page lists all known username and password combinations that you can try all one after the other until you find a working one or you reach the end of the list.

This is an immensely helpful tool if you're trying to resolve PC issues on a system that you never touched before. If you ever did PC support you know how frustrating it can be if you have to wait until the client finds the correct password for the router.

Again, this works only if the router password has not been changed manually by you. Not all is lost though as you still have some options at hand to resolve the issue if that is the case.

Try the Router Pass View application if you cannot remember nor find the authentication for your router. It is a portable program that you can run on your PC directly. If you are lucky, it displays the router password so that you can use it to access the router.

It depends highly on the router and the way your PC is connected to it. You may see a blank screen with no passwords at all if you are unlucky. There is not really anything that you can do about it then.

You do have other options at hand. If you have not modified the default password you may want to consider calling your Internet Service Provider or the hotline of the router manufacturer to ask for the default password to log in.

If you modified the password, you can still reset the router to factor settings. This resets the password but also all other modifications that you have made, so use only as a last resort or if you do not mind configuring the device again.


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  1. Eric said on December 17, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    The newer routers, like the Netgear 802.11Ns, have the default username/password printed on them. But for the older models, I have a black and a silver sharpie and write right on the router the default username and password. This way the next guy doesn’t have to sacrifice a goat to find the model’s password.

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