How to Recover Router Password

Many users face the same issue: they cannot recall their username or password to login the wireless router, or cannot find the credentials set by default. There are several solutions for those who need to recover the username and password for accessing the administration panel.

Solution 1: Find the Default Username and Password

Some users are not aware that such kind of information is indicated in the manual instruction for the router. The initial username and password also are specified on a label. Some manufacturers mark those details on the backside of the device as well.

The label example:
Router's label

Solution 2: Use Open Database

All modems have default username and password. If you cannot get this data, figure out the model of your device, and use the list on the open web sources where you can find both the credentials and IP address of your modem.

Solution 3: Reset Your Device

If solutions 1 and 2 didn’t resolve the issue, try to reset your router. This operation will bring back the default factory configurations, clear all the forwarded ports and all the rest user’s settings. Now try to login with the default password.

How to Reset your Device:

Find the small round button on your router. It’s the reset button. Press it and hold for at least 10 seconds. Once you release the button, the router will reload and get its initial configurations. In some models of network equipment the reset button may be hidden in a pinhole. For pressing, use any long narrow object (for example, a toothpick).
Reset button
After this, you can use default credentials to login to your router.

Notice! On most devices the button is hidden to avoid accidental pressing.

Solution 4: Use Forward Ports That Don’t Require a Password

If you still can’t manage to find a password, you may turn to UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) that lets you to login without the password. Some routers support applications instructions to open ports. Models with UpnP open those ports automatically.

Application that supports automatic port forwarding, can be found in the setting menu (connections section).

NAT-PMP creates network address interpretation configurations and sets port forwarding automatically.

UPnP PortMapper allows you to forward all the ports you need.