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How to Access Your Router If You Forget the Password

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The router is an electronic device that has its own user interfaces, where you can configure networking, parental control and port forwarding setting options. Before you can access this user interface, you must first know  its username and password. The origininal username and password are default and must be changed for security reasons.

In case you forget the router’s password or want to get access to a used or acquired router then there is a way to reset the password. You may also be able to forward ports without knowing the passwords.

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Finding the Default Username and Password

Before resetting your router to its default settings you should first try using the default username and password to log in. If you do not know this information or it was not given to you when you acquired the router, there are many ways to find this information we have listed them below.
1. First of all read the owner’s manual of your router or any other model’s manual from the same manufacturer. To locate the username and password of the router, read through the manual and see if it’s there. If the manual is missing or if you were not provided with one, try to search google for a soft copy.
2. Look for stickers on the router. Some routers especially those that come from your internet service provider- ship with unique username and passwords that are printed on the router itself.
3. You can use a different username and password combination like ‘’ADMIN’’. You can also find a fairly comprehensive list of default usernames and password for various routers on routerpasswords.com.
Try to log in using the default usernames and passwords. If you are unsuccessful continue reading below.

Reset the router factory to default

Routers come with a pre existing reset button. You can use this button to reset the router to its default factory settings. This helps in resetting any configuration changes that were previously made to the router like: forwarded ports, network settings, parental control and custom password will be wiped out.

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To reset the router you will generally need to press the reset button or if it the button is inside a hole hole then press it with the help of a paperclip or any other narrow pointed material for 10 seconds. Wait for a few minutes for the router to power cycle. Once the router powers on head over to the user interface of the router using a wired connection.

How to forward ports without knowing the passwords

If you want to open the router web interface and forward games, server or any other type of networked program? If yes then you can easily do this here even if you don’t know the password. The trick also works, if you are using someone else’s network and don’t have access to the password.
The main principle behind this trick is that, many routers support universal plug and play, which allows programs on your computer to ‘’ask’’ routers to open ports for them. Luckily, if UPnP is enabled on the router then it will automatically open the port.

That’s all I have to the best of my knowledge on this specific topic. If you like this post helpful then share it among your various social friends or if you have any comment regarding this post, feel free to leave them via the comment box.

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