Router Usernames and Passwords
Common username/password combinations
Based on your router network you enter the relevant username and password. Like Livingston and Broadlogic, there are several other routers whose username password combinations are generally memorized by network engineers. Some popular variants are as follows:
1) Linksys routers have three possible combinations, they could be admin (username and password), Administrator (username) – admin (password), or a blank username and admin (password).
2) Dell mostly has a username password combination of ‘admin’ (both username and password)
3) Cisco has possible combinations of ‘cisco’ (both username and password) or a blank username with ‘san-fran’ for a password.
4) Netgear networks usually have combinations of either ‘admin’ (username) – ‘password’ (password), or ‘Admin’ (username) – ‘1234’ (password), or a blank username with ‘1234’ as a password.
5) Olitec combinations could be ‘admin’ (username and password or ‘admin’ (username) – ‘adslolitec’ (password).
How to be secure?
This idea is to help you reconfigure your router settings by providing details about the default passwords associated with most routers. For e.g. most of the time the Broadlogic routers have a username and password combination of either ‘installer’ (username and password), or ‘admin’ (username and password), or ‘webadmin’ (username and password). Similarly Livingston routers are usually preset with ‘!root’ for a username and a blank password. Most people do not have recorded information of their router’s login details and it is pretty hard to determine the details by crudely working out all possible combinations.
Possible ways to find router information
In such situations, you can typically find the information with a simple command on Windows. Open the command prompt (cmd) by clicking on Start then search for cmd (present in windows as cmd.exe). Once the command prompt window opens up, type ‘ipconfig’ and press enter. If you have a DSL broadband based Local Area Network (LAN) connection, the IP address that you need will be next to ‘Default Gateway’ under the ‘Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection’. Conversely if you have a Wireless network based router, the address will be under the ‘Wireless LAN adapter wireless network connection’. The IP address for both will often begin with ‘192.168.’ and more often than not a lot of the addresses would be ‘192.168.1.1’.
Once you gain the IP address you then need to open the web browser in your computer, such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, type the default getaway in the address bar and click enter. You will either be redirected to a page requesting username and password, or a popup box will appear saying “enter username and password”.
Alternative routers and networks
These were a few of the possible combinations for networks and their accessible usernames, in case your router is not mentioned in the above list, remember that using ‘admin’ for the admin name and either ‘admin’ or ‘password’ for the password, or using the name of the router manufacturing broadband companies for username and password, or possibly leaving one of them blank is never a bad idea.