How To Reset Your Username and Password on a Linksys Wireless Router

When you turn on Wi-Fi in your place of business or office, it is crucial to ensure your connection is not only safe but also secure and other people cannot access your router to alter the settings. If you believe the administrator settings of your router have been tampered with, there are two things you can do. You can either change the username and password or factory reset your router.

However, there are still other methods through which you can reset your Linksys wireless router. In this guide, the main aim is to show you how to reset your username and password on your wireless router.

So first things, you need to reset your router before you create a new password.

Resetting your Linksys wireless router

  • Turn on your router

Many models of this brand don’t come with the on and off switch, but they turn on as soon as you plug them into an outlet.

  • Reset your router

After the power light starts to blink, hold the reset button of the router for about ten seconds, the reset button is located at the back of the router next to the power cord. However, different models have different positions for their reset buttons.

Older models need you to press and hold the rest button for about thirty seconds.

  • Turn of the router and turn it on again

To turn off the router, unplug it from the source of power for and wait for about thirty seconds before you plug it again and turn it on. This procedure is known as power cycling.

  • Wait for the power to cease blinking

If the light does not stop to blink, turn the router off, leave it for thirty seconds before you turn it on again.

  • Connect the router to your PC

 Connect the router to your PC using Ethernet cable. The router has Ethernet ports on the back, to connect to the PC. When you connect your router to your PC, the Ethernet port light will start to blink.

  • Connect your router with a modem

Turn off the modem, insert the router into the modem and turn on the modem. At this stage, the modem will connect to the internet port in your wall and the PC. You should not connect your computer to the router at this point.

Logging into your router

Open your browser and navigate to the router administration screen using the following address

Now, enter your default username and password, when the administration screen of the router loads, type ‘’admin’’ in the username filed and ‘’admin’’ in the password field.

Username and Password on a Linksys Wireless Router

If the username and password don’t match you can check for more details on Linksys official website. If you don’t know the model of your router, it is found on the bottom of your router.

Setting the administrator password with a cable modem

  • Changing your username and password

Once your router’s setup page loads, navigate to the username and password sections. If you don’t see any of them, go to the setup tab and click the Basic tab. Type in your new username and password. Make sure that you note down your username and password so that you can retrieve them in case you forget them.

  • Navigate to the MAC tab’’

Click on the ‘’setup field’’ and click on MAC ‘’Address Clone’’ field. MAC is the short form for Media Access Control and it is a special ID your ISP uses to identify your modem.

  • Assign the Media Access Control to the router

 In the ‘’Media Access Control Address ’’ field, click on the ‘’Enable’’ radio button and click the ‘’Clone My PCs MAC’’ section and save your settings.

  • Check the status of your internet connection

On the status tab, if you see digits other than, then the setup is perfect, if you don’t see that, click on the ‘’Release IP Address and click ‘’Renew IP Address.’’

If the connect fails, power cycle your modem and then do the same to the router as well as your computer. If the problem persist communicate with your ISP.

The above tips will help your username and password on your Linksys wireless router.

20 thoughts on “How To Reset Your Username and Password on a Linksys Wireless Router”

    • Hi Tim,

      The reset button is usually hidden. Look for a tiny hole on the back side of your router, the button is hidden inside. You will see it for sure.


    • Hi Jimbo, you can try the following:

      – check the user manual for the default username and password
      – check the label printed on the router for the default login details
      – Use Google to find the login details for your exact model

      However, this won’t help you at all if someone has changed your default username and password. So, if you don’t find the default username and password with the recommendations from above, I’m afraid you will have to reset the router to factory settings.


  1. Hi admin,
    one question. If I reset the router, will the network name remain the same or I have to configure the router all over again.

    • Hello, that is a good question. Yes, when you reset the router you will have to configure it all over again. This type of reset is the last option you should consider and normally we use it when we go thorugh all the options to login to the router, but without success. When the resetting is over, you would be able to login with the default username and password.


  2. I think that i have a good internet package, but it seems like connection is too slow on my computer sometimes,especially when something download. If I switch the modem or router would it be helpful or not? I forgot to say that the router connecting 4 devices more.

  3. Hello Admin, I tried resetting my router but nothing happens. I try to login with the default username and password and still nothing. Please help. I am out of ideas.

    • Hi Kai, please tell me what the model of your router is. After you reset it you should be able to login without problems using the default username and password. Try resetting the router again and see what happens.

    • Hello Amir,

      When you reset the router all the router settings will be changed back to the default settings which means you will have to set up a new password. It is recommended to note all the changes you have made to the router settings before you reset it. By doing this you will be able to modify the router settings as they were before.

  4. Hi, I really appreciate what you are doing here. The instructions are easy to follow and just great. I couldn’t remember my router password and now, thanks to you, everything works fine. Thanks.

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