How to Change the Password on a DSL Modem

By Qyou Stoval

To prevent unauthorized users from accessing your DSL network, you may need to change the password. If authorized users access your DSL modem, they can change the security settings of your modem as well as access your network without paying for Internet service. You can change the password to your DSL modem without needing to contact your Internet service provider. Your DSL modem came with a default password you must know before changing the password.

Step 1

Open your Internet browser and type "" (without quotes) into your address bar.

Step 2

Type in the user name and current password of your DSL modem. Visit your manufacturer's website to determine the default user name and password or its modem. For example, Netgear and Linksys has a default password of "admin".

Step 3

Navigate to the security tab to change your existing password to a different password. Save changes and exit. If you are unable to access your modem security information, you will need to reset your modem to factory defaults.

Step 4

Shut down your computer.

Step 5

Press and hold the reset button of your DSL modem for 30 seconds. The reset button is usually located in the back of the modem next to either the Ethernet port (which appears to be a larger telephone connection) or the AC adapter. The reset button is recessed, so you will need a pointed object, such as a pen or gem clip.

Step 6

Unplug the DSL modem from the wall outlet while still pressing the reset button for 30 seconds.

Step 7

Reboot your computer and plug the DSL modem back into the wall outlet.

Step 8

Open your Internet browser and enter "" (without quotes) in the address bar.

Step 9

Type in the default user name and password for the manufacturer of your DSL modem. Locate the default user name and password by accessing your manufacturer's website or looking in the owner's manual.

Step 10

Navigate to the security portion of your modem settings to change the password.