If you have ever been in the position of needing to access your router, and you cannot remember your password or your username, then you will understand just how frustrating that situation can be. You might need to access your router for a number of different reasons, from port forwarding to changing your network ID.  Here is a quick guide (Assuming you are using Microsoft Windows as your operating system) on how to get access your router if you can’t remember your username or password.

How To Access Your Router If You Forget Your Login Details

 

1) Navigate to the START button (bottom left corner of the screen).

2) Search for Run and type “cmd” in Run (without quotes) and press Enter.

3) A Command Prompt window will open up; type in “ipconfig” (without quotes) and press enter.

4) Look for your Default Gateway under Ethernet Adapter (Local Area Connection). Now “Copy” that address.

5) Open your web browser and “Paste” the address in the URL search bar and press Enter.  You will now be asked for a Username and a Password

6). Physically go to your Router and look on either the back/bottom of the device and locate “Modem Access Code” and write down the code.

7) Go back to your web browser and now enter the Modem Access Code you previously wrote down in the Password field.

8) For the Username you can try the following: “user”, “admin” “0000”, “administrator” (all without quotes). If it is not one of these default usernames, you can search for your Router make and model and default Username on Google.

Once you have entered those details, you ‘should’ have gained access to your router.  But if, by any chance, you had changed your modem access username or password previously you can reset your router by putting a unfolded paperclip in the reset hole, that will be located on the side/back of your router.

A word of caution: Please do not change your routers’ settings unless you know what you are doing.

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