Linksys Router Login and Password

When you purchase a new router, it’s a good idea to change the default configuration (login credentials and SSID) before using it to connect to the Internet. This will provide better security for your network. This article provides the procedure for how to login to Linksys routers. The Linksys router login procedure is not overly complicated, but following the steps makes it it even simpler.

How to log in to Linksys routers

To perform a successful Linksys router login, follow these steps:

Wires connecting Linksys router
  1. Connect the router to a modem. Plug an Ethernet cable into the Internet port on your router and plug the other end of the cable into the Ethernet port on your modem. Alternatively, you can connect to the router’s Wi-Fi.
  2. Power your router on.
  3. Look up the Linksys router login IP address. In any Internet web browser, type, which is the router's IP address, into the address bar and press enter. This will give you access to the Linksys router login page, where you can update your information, change settings, update firmware, check network speed, and more.
    Type your username and password into the boxes. This default IP address works the same way regardless of your router type - whether it's a Linksys Smart Router or another type of Linksys device.
  4. Change default login information.
    1. Click the Administration button. This will automatically take you to the Management sub-tab where you can change your default Linksys router password.
    2. Enter and re-enter your new password.
    3. Click Save Settings, then click Continue on the next page.
  5. Change SSID (the name of your wireless network) and password.
    1. Click the Wireless tab, then click the Wireless Security sub-tab. Note – some Linksys routers have a different web interface. The SSID settings may be found under Wireless > Wireless Settings > Manual.
    2. In Passphrase, enter your new Wi-Fi password.
    3. Click Save Settings to save changes. Note – if you are connected to the network, you will be disconnected and need to reconnect using your new password.
  6. Update your router to the latest version for the latest security features and other enhancements.
Lights display connectivity on front of router

What is the Linksys router login password and username?

If you haven't yet changed your Linksys router default passwords or username for better security, you can log in using the default router admin login. For Linksys, the default router password and username combination is admin/admin. Both the username and password are case sensitive, so be careful to avoid any accidental capitalizations or spaces. Check the full default router login chart for admin passwords and usernames to other WiFi routers, such as Asus and Netgear. You can also find all Linksys default passwords, the Linksys admin IP, and other information in the chart.

If you changed your password from the Linksys default password but forgot it, or if you simply can't find the login for your router, you can perform a factory reset. This will reboot the system and reset the router username and password with the factory default login, listed above. To reset the router, locate the small reset button on the back of the router. Press and hold the button for a few moments until your router's lights blink.

Furthermore, be aware that resetting your router, as mentioned above, erases any custom configurations that the user has set up. If you previously set up port forwarding, for example, you will need to reestablish these settings after logging into the Linksys router.

Troubleshooting router connections

In short, some wireless routers have trouble connecting, making you unable to access the login page. Furthermore, you may need to re-connect to log in to your Linksys. However, if this is the case, you can try clearing your router's cache in a web browser.

Google Chrome

To clear your cache in Google Chrome:

  1. Go to the browser toolbar in Chrome and click More Tools.
  2. Select Clear Browsing Data.
  3. Choose the Beginning of Time option, and click Clear Browsing Data again to send the request through.


To clear your cache in Safari:

  1. Go to the home screen and then to your settings.
  2. Select Safari and choose Clear Cookies (or Clear Cookies and Clear Cache) from the bottom of Safari's settings screen.
  3. Confirm when prompted.


To clear your cache in Firefox:

  1. Go to the Menu bar at the top of the screen.
  2. Click Settings, then Privacy & Security.
  3. In the Cookies and Site Data section, click Clear Data.
  4. Uncheck Cookies and Site Data and check off Cached Web Content, then click Clear.