Router Default Passwords is a portable free software for Microsoft Windows devices that is a little helper application for discovering a router's IP address and listing default passwords.
Most Windows PCs are connected to routers or modems for Internet connectivity. While most users leave routers or modems alone most of the time, it may sometimes be necessary to access the admin dashboard of these devices.
Access may be necessary to set up new services, manage the network configuration, change the wireless password, set up port forwarding, configure the built-in firewall, or for other administrative tasks.
Experienced users may know the IP address of the router/modem, or use ipconfig to look it up if they don't. The password, on the other hand, is another story. If it was never changed, it is the default password the device shipped with. If you are lucky, you find a sticker on the device that lists it or you detect it in the manual or a small note that came with the product. If not, you need to search for default passwords and try them to gain access to the admin dashboard.
Router Default Passwords is a portable program that you may run after download and unpacking; installation is not required. The program is compatible with all supported versions of Windows which are Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 at the time of writing on the client side.
The program attempts to detect the IP address of the router on start and turns it into a link. A click opens the IP address in the default browser in hopes that the admin interface of the device is loaded.
The process worked well on a test device, but your mileage may vary as it depends on your network configuration. It appears that Router Default Passwords lists the default gateway as the router IP.
The program does not identify the router itself but lists the network adapter instead. A list of default passwords is displayed as favorites by default.
To look up the default password of the router, click on the pulldown menu and select your Internet provider or router manufacturer from the listing.
Your router or provider may not be on that list but that does not necessarily mean that the program is useless. What you may want to do is check if other devices by the company are listed to try the default authentication data. Many manufacturers and companies use identical authentication data for different devices.
Another interesting option provided by Router Default Passwords is that you may add new model, username and password data sets to the app. This works by editing a file in a text editor right now, but you can access it with a click on menu > change list.
You may add your own router or modem to the list, or fill it with default passwords for devices that are not supported by default.
Router Default Passwords is a handy helper application for Windows. While it does not reinvent the wheel, as you can search on the Internet for default passwords for routers, it comes bundles with a huge list of router passwords so that you may not have to run searches.
Now You: Do you know your router's password? (thanks Robert)
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