How to Recover a Lost Linksys Security Key

By Sherry Gray

Recovering a Linksys security key is nearly impossible unless you know where to go. Once you do, it's simple. Navigating the Linksys support site can be challenging as well; this is the easiest and most direct way to connect to your router and retrieve or change your settings.

Things You'll Need

  • Linksys Router

Step 1

Check for a stored file. When you set up your router, the last step asked you to create a file with your settings. The default location for that file is "My Documents." The default file name is "WirelessSettings.txt". If your settings have not changed since you set up the network, this is all the information you need. If you updated the password at any time, proceed to the next step.

Step 2

On the computer directly connected to the router, open a browser window and type in: You'll access the control panel of your router, even if you cannot get online.

Step 3

Type the username in the window that pops up. The default user name is "admin" and the default password is blank.

Step 4

Click the "Wireless" tab at the top of the screen, then go to "Wireless Security." Your security key is displayed on this page.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have changed the username and don't remember the new one, you'll need to reset the router. The reset button is on the back of the router, located inside a depression. You'll need a slender object to push it, like the tip of a ball-point pen. Push and hold for 10 seconds, wait for the router lights to come back on and start again from step 1.
  • You can change your security key to a password that's easy to remember, but any change must be copied to all computers on the network. Every computer must have the same settings.
  • Making changes in the router information may result in disconnecting the entire network. Every computer on the network must be updated.

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