You want to change the wifi password to prevent your neighbor from using your wifi for free without asking for permission. At that moment, suddenly, you forget your Dlink router login password. You try to remember, but you cannot. How frustrating!
Calm down, my friend! We are here to bring the optimal solution to your problem. In this article, we will show you how to find and recover your Dlink router login password. Let’s find out!
How to Find Your D-link Router Login Password?
All of the methods described below are intended to help you get a password to access the router, regardless of whether it is the default or changed password.
#1 Find the default router username and password
It is always better to attempt to seek the default credentials created by the manufacturer first when you cannot remember anything.
a) Consult the manual
The instruction manual usually shipped with your router can reveal the default username and password for you. In case the manual is not included, a free PDF version manual is always available on the provider home page.
b) Check on the labels or notes on the router
The majority of network device providers will attach labels or stickers containing the serial number, the model number, and perhaps the login credentials as well on the router. The purpose of sticking these labels is to provide product information to customers and guarantee the authenticity of origin and commodity standards. You can find the sticker on the bottom of the side of the router.
#2 Find the router password online
There are a lot of websites that provide online databases for you to look up the router passwords. According to our experience, if you use Google search engine, in most cases, you will find three websites, including PortForward.com, PCWinTech.com, and RouterPasswords.com. They are always in the top search results on the first page.
a) Guess the default password
The login credentials of most routers are quite the same. There are a few combinations of usernames and passwords you can try. The username “admin” is most common and so is the password. Other possible combinations are shown as:
b) Contact ISP
Shhhh… We can hear your groans through the PC screen. We understand that contacting their ISP (Internet Service Provider) is what you don’t want to do but after all attempts in vain, asking for their help can be the quickest way. Should they configure the router before, they should have the information for you.
What is the Router Login Password?
The router login password is the password you use to log in to the user interface website, or also known as the web-based setup page of each router. On this site, users can configure or make personal settings for their routers.
For example, type http://dlinkap.local/ or http://192.168.0.1 or http://192.168.1.1 at the address bar to go to the Dlink router login page. Here you have to type username and password to log in like the picture below to access the setup page of Dlink.
Each router has a different user interface, regardless of whether it belongs to the same manufacturer. Fortunately, although the detailed interfaces of routers are often different, the functions they bring are often familiar.
Usually, you will be required to log in immediately when accessing the router’s website. Some router models also allow users to view some general information before requiring a login, but the number of such router models is not much. Whatever your router is, you will have to log in before you can change the settings.
Why Do We Need the Router Login Credentials?
Like we mentioned above, the mandatory requirement to gain access to the web-based setup page of every internet router and begin the customizations is to have a username and password. Letting others know your password is something you never want to happen. Why is that? Because then, they can change essential settings such as firewalls or wifi passwords or disconnect your Internet.
For maintaining security, changing the router login password is considered necessary. Notwithstanding, many people still don’t do it and do not even know that it’s advisable to. It is very common when someone forgets or loses the login credentials to their router. There are a plethora of reasons why it can happen. The first cause can be simple: Unlike your Facebook or Gmail account, you really have no need to use these login credentials very often.
We know some of our friends buy a router to use. And sometimes they can’t even remember the wifi password, which is already stored on their computer or smartphone, not to mention the router password.
Let’s imagine another scenario. It is when you may have bought an old router from eBay. Unfortunately, you forget to ask the router password, which they have changed before. And now, you need these vital login credentials to conduct wifi password change.
Suffice to say that having no idea about the router login password is very troublesome and can literally block you from the user interface website of the router.
#1 Try to crack the router password
“I found the default username and password for my router model. But I still cannot log in. Why is that?”
Well, maybe your password has been changed before, so it will be nonsense even when you have the default one. Don’t give up your hope. You still can find the password that has been changed. Now we will learn some other methods that seem to be very “cool”, like a real hacker.
a) Use Router Password Kracker
Router Password Kracker is a third-party app provided by Security Xploded. This program can work well on all Windows systems like the new Windows 10 version, Windows 7 or even Windows XP.
This application will use the Dictionary Attack method to recover the router password that you have forgotten. For anyone who doesn’t know, the dictionary attack is a variant of the notorious Brute Force Attack method.
However, instead of trying all possibilities like the Brute Force Attack method, the Dictionary Attack will just target meaningful words. Therefore, the time to crack will reduce and the success rate of the latter will be often higher.
For Router Password Kracker, this latest version 7.0 of this app itself boasts more than 3000 common words that are related to the router. All of these words are put in a sample password list named “passlist” with text format. You can also add other bigger dictionary files into this application by finding on the Internet.
If you want to solve complicated passwords, you can generate a password list file by using Crunch and Cupp tools. The file will be created detailedly like the brute-force method. After having the dictionary list, Router Password Kracker can help you to check all of them.
- Step 1: Download and install the latest version of Router Password Kracker
- Step 2: Type the gateway IP address of your router. It is a sequence of numbers with a common format like 192.168.x.x.
- Step 3: Enter the username. The usernames are often admin, root, user, or even blank.
- Step 4: Now, you have to insert the dictionary file you have, or you can use the default file. Click on Browser to find and select it. Then hit Start Crack to run the cracking process.
- Step 5: All statistics will show up on the screen during cracking. When the operation is successful, you will receive a message. You can click the Report button to generate a report file with HTML/XML/TEXT format.
b) Use Router Password Recovery
This tool works like Router Password Kracker. The difference is it lacks a graphical user interface, and the operation occurs in the command line.
All that you need are a gateway IP address, username, and a password list. The result will depend on the quality of the dictionary list so you can add more passwords that you can think about. When using, the password list will be case sensitive.
#2 Find the password from the router configuration file
Most routers will have the function of backing up the current settings to be able to recover when there is a problem or failure of the system. For the Dlink router, this function is at the Maintenance tab of the web-based setup page.
It would be very fortunate if you used the function before. When you don’t remember the admin password, you can export the backup file to find it. However, you need the assistance of some decryption tool. RouterPassView and Router Password Decryptor are two best options we recommend.
a) Use RouterPassView
RouterPassView is a tool used to decrypt the encrypted configuration file of the router where the password is saved. You can use this program for many different brands.
The number of brands supported in the latest version is up to more than 30. The decryption process of the configuration file will take place immediately if your router is among the supported brands. In some cases, the decryption is still functional even when your router is out of the supported list. Thus, take your time to check this prodigious tool.
- Step 1: Download and run the executable file of the program. You don’t have to install it.
- Step 2: Click Open, then navigate to the location of the saved configuration file of the router and open it.
- Step 3: Run the program and get the router admin password.
Additionally, the program is also able to decode the wifi password in the configuration file. If RouterPassView cannot decrypt your file, then the result display window will be blank.
b) Use Router Password Decryptor
Another decryption tool to find the router password is a product from Security Xploded. The way these software works is similar to RouterPassView.
The program is very easy to use, allowing you to export password data in a readable form from the encrypted configuration file. It is compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, and Windows Vista, both 32 and 64 bit. Officially the program only supports a handful of brands, but the smart mode will allow you to decode the configuration files from any router brand.
- Step 1: Download and install the software Router Password Decryptor.
- Step 2: Find and open the configuration file saved in your computer by clicking the Browse button on the interface screen.
- Step 3: Use the drop-down menu to select the appropriate router brand. If no matching item is found, select smart mode.
- Step 4: Hit Start Recovery to begin decrypting. After successful decryption, you will see the result displayed on the screen. The result can be directly output as an HTML report.
c) Recover password by resetting the router
If all of the above methods are useless, your last resort is to reset the router to its original state. The downside of this method, of course, is that you will wipe out all data and settings on the router.
Router password, wifi network password, port forward settings, firewall, and guest network settings will return to the state when you just bought it. You will have to perform all these settings again from the beginning.
Therefore, although this is a foolproof method once you have changed the password before, we do not recommend using it.
- Step 1: Find the small reset button on the back of your router. It can also be a pinhole button.
- Step 2: Use the reset button. You need to press then hold it for about 10 seconds. For older routers model, press and hold for about 30 seconds longer. When you see the indicator light on the router blinking, it means the reset process has started.
- Step 3: When the indicator light on the router stops blinking, disconnect the power of the router. Then turn it back on to let the connection begin. The reset process is complete.
You can now use that default router password to log into the setup site.
To wrap up, in this article, we have shown you methods on how to find and recover your Dlink router login password. While some may be very easy to implement, others require 3rd party software and a little time to explore and use. We hope you can get something useful for you out of our guide. Wish you success with using this tutorial!