How to Find Your Wireless Router's Password

By Louise Balle

If you make the mistake of misplacing your wireless router's password, which you set when you first connect the router to your computer system, don't fret. As long as you have access to the router, you can retrieve it in a few simple steps. When you do get your password back, remember to write it down and keep it somewhere safe.

Things You'll Need

  • Router manual
  • Ethernet cord

Step 1

Connect your computer directly to your wireless router via Ethernet cord. Connect the Ethernet cord to the first LAN connection in the back of the router, then link the other end to your computer's Ethernet port.

Step 2

Type in your router address. You can find this in your router's manual or by searching the support section of the manufacturer's website. The router address commonly starts with "http://192.168" and ends with two more digits that differ by manufacturer.

Step 3

Enter your administrative login information associated with the wireless router. Sometimes it's as simple as "admin" for both the username and password. Again, check your router manual for the default username or recall the custom username and password that you set when you first purchased the router. If you don't know the custom password you set, you'll have to hard reset the router (unplug it from the power source and wait a minute before reconnecting it), then log in with the default username and password as defined by your user manual.

Step 4

Click on the "Wireless Security" or similarly named option when you log in. Review the screen to retrieve your wireless router password.