Linksys E2500 Default Password

Your router shipped with a default username and password

Screenshot of a Linksys E2500 Router
Linksys E2500 Router. © Linksys

For all versions of the Linksys E2500 N600 router, the default password is admin. As with most passwords, the E2500 router default password is case sensitive.

Although some Linksys routers don't require a default username, the Linksys E2500 router does: It uses the default username of admin. That's right. It uses admin for both the password and username by default.

Like other Linksys routers, 192.168.1.1 is the default IP address used to access the router.

Note: There are three different hardware versions for the Linksys E2500, but they all use the same username, password, and IP address.

When the E2500 Default Password Doesn't Work

The Linksys E2500 default password and username are always the same when the router is first installed, but you can (and should) change both to something unique and considerably more secure. The only downfall to that, of course, is that these new, more complicated, words and numbers are easier to forget than admin and admin. If you don't know the username and password you assigned to the router, you have to reset it to its factory settings.

Resetting the E2500 to its factory default settings is the only way to restore the default username and password. Here's how:

  1. Make sure the router is plugged in and powered on.
  2. Physically turn the E2500 over so you have full access to the bottom side.
  3. Using a small, sharp object such as a straightened paperclip, press and hold the Reset button for 5 to 10 seconds. Continue to press the Reset button until the Ethernet port lights on the back flash at the same time.
  4. Unplug the power cable for 10 to 15 seconds and then plug it back in.
  5. Wait 30 seconds before continuing so that the E2500 has plenty of time to boot back up.
  6. Confirm that the network cable is still attached to the computer and router.

Now that the settings have been restored, you can access the Linksys E2500 at http://192.168.1.1 with the default login information of admin for both the username and password.

Be sure to change the router's password to something secure, as well as the username if you want a bit of an extra layer of security. See these examples of a strong password if you need help. It might be a good idea to store the new password in a free password manager so that you don't ever forget it again.

Now, you have to reconfigure your wireless network settings because resetting the E2500 removed all your custom ones. This includes your network name, network password, and any other custom settings you may have configured, like port forwarding rules or custom DNS servers.

When You Can't Access Your E2500 Router

Most routers are accessed as a URL through their IP address, which, in the case of the E2500, is http://192.168.1.1 by default. However, if you've ever changed this address to something else, you need to know what that address is before you can log in.

Finding the Linksys E2500 IP address is easy and doesn't require a process as involved as resetting the whole router. You can find the router's IP address if at least one computer that's connected to the router is working normally. If so, you need to know the default gateway that the computer is using.

See How to Find the Default Gateway IP Address if you're not sure how to do that in Windows.

Linksys E2500 Firmware and Manual Download Links

The Linksys E2500 hardware manual for version 1.0 and 2.0 both use the same user manual. The hardware version 3.0 manual is specific to that version of the Linksys E2500. Both of these manuals are in the PDF format.

Current firmware versions and other downloads for this router can be found on the Linksys E2500 Downloads page.

Important: If you're looking to update the Linksys router's firmware, be sure to download the firmware that belongs to the hardware version of your router. Each hardware version has its own download link. For the E2500, both version 1.0 and version 2.0 use the same firmware, but there's an entirely different download for version 3.0. You can find the version number on either the side or bottom of the router.

All other information that Linksys has on the E2500 can be had on the Linksys E2500 Support page.