How to Retrieve a Linksys Password

By Maxwell Payne

Accessing the Internet or your home or office local area network (LAN) through a Linksys router often requires a password. If you have forgotten the password you can do a "hard reset" which will reset the physical router and let you create a new password. While you can't retrieve the Linksys password, resetting it is possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Pen or pencil

Step 1

Look for the reset button on the back of the router. On some models this button is set inside a small hole, use a pen tip to push down and hold the button for 30 seconds. This will erase the current password and reset the router.

Step 2

Wait for the status lights on the front of the Linksys router to begin flashing. Go to a computer connected to the router network and launch the web browser.

Step 3

Type in "" into the browser's web address. If prompted to enter a user name and password, enter your network name if you had named the network and "admin" for the password. If you haven't previously named the network leave the user name box blank. Click "Log In" or "OK."

Step 4

Locate the "Administration" tab on the Linksys setup page and click on the tab. Type in the new password in the text box next to "Password." Re-enter the same password in the box next to "Re-enter to confirm."

Step 5

Click on "Save Settings." You might be prompted to enter the new password when accessing the Linksys router for the first time after the reset.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not have physical access to the router or you are part of a larger network at your place of work, contact your system administrator to get the password or to be assigned a new password.