Almost every Router or DSL Modem nowadays come pre-loaded with Web based utility that allows user to configure it according to his/her preferences. The web based interface becomes accessible when you connect the Router to your PC through a Local Area Network (LAN) cable or a WiFi connection. The configuration page usually has an address of “192.168.0.1” that has to be entered on a web browser, once you open that page you will see that it is password protected. Why? because, it prevents other users in the network from accessing and modifying the Internet or Network settings.
Every network setting can be done through Router, for example;
- Port forwarding (NAT)
- WiFi password change (WPA2 PSK)
- Internet Settings from ISP (DSL, Fibre)
- Bandwidth or Parental Control
How to Recover Forgotten Router Password
You can follow the steps below until you gain access to your Router/Modem Web Utility.
Try Default Username and Password
Every Router has login credentials written at either top or the bottom of it. The default login details of almost every router is same, however there are some exceptions depending on the manufacturer. If you can’t find details written on your Router, try entering the Router manufacturer name on this database.
For TP-Link and Huawei Routers, you can try the following:
Recover Password from Router Backup File
If you have a Router configuration backup file saved for rainy day. Good news! you can extract the Router password along with PPTP, PPPoE, WiFi and many other passwords using it. There is a program called RouterPassView that does the job, you just need Router backup file for that.
Perform a Factory Reset on your Router (Recommended method)
Factory reset is also known as hard reset. It reverts the router to the original condition that you bought. All your settings, Port forwards, IP Routing and internet settings get wiped away when you do it.
In order to perform a Router Reset, you need to physically get your hands on the router. On the back side of the every router, there’s usually a pinhole button with a reset label on it. Grab a needle or a bent paperclip nearby and then press and hold that button for about 10 seconds and then release. Soon, the router will reboot and turn to its fresh factory settings. Now, you can easily access the Router webpage from its default address, username and password. Remember, you will have to set WiFi passwords and do settings again from scratch.
Recover Router Password using ROM file Vulnerability (Advanced users only)
Some routers are vulnerable/insecure and they have their firmware ROM file accessible without any password protection.
The ROM file can be accessed at
Once you access the address, your web browser automatically starts downloading the ROM file, later you can decompile the ROM for the login details. The problem is that it requires extensive programming knowledge and it only works on old Routers containing Huawei chipset. You can Google your Router model number to find its vulnerabilities.