The default password for the Linksys E2000 router is admin. This password, like most Linksys passwords, is case sensitive, which means you should enter it exactly as shown, with no uppercase letters. The username is also admin. Some Linksys routers don't require a username, but this one does. To reach the login page, enter this device's default IP address 192.168.1.1 into the address bar of a browser.
If the E2000 Default Password Doesn't Work
A complex, hard-to-guess password is always the best security practice. If you can't get into your E2000 router, the password may have been changed from admin to something else.
If you forget your custom E2000 password, restore the router's configuration to its factory defaults, which will change the password to admin once again.
Here's how to change the password on a Linksys E2000 router:
Plug in and power on the router.
Turn it around so you can see the power cable and network cable plugged into the back.
Locate the Reset area—the small hole with a smaller button inside.
With something small and sharp, such as a paperclip, press and hold the reset button for five seconds.
After you release the button, wait 30 seconds for the router to finish resetting.
Unplug the power cable for a few seconds, then reattach it.
Wait 30 seconds for it to finish booting up and return to its default state.
On your computer, open a web browser, go to http://192.168.1.1, and log in with the username and password admin.
Change the default password to something more secure than admin. Choose a strong password that is difficult to guess.
Store the new password in a free password manager. It's secure and more convenient than writing down passwords or storing them in a spreadsheet.
Restore Your Router's Settings
After you reset the router, reconfigure any custom settings. If you have a wireless network, for example, reconfigure the SSID and password, the DNS server settings, and port forwarding settings.
After you reconfigure the custom settings, back up the router configuration to avoid having to re-enter this information if the router is reset in the future. You'll find instructions for this on page 34 of the user manual (see the links below).
If You Can't Access the E2000 Router
Most people don't change the default IP address used with routers. If you have, however, you can't access the router with the default address.
Fortunately, you don't need to reset the router again to find out what it is or to reset it back to 192.168.1.1. Instead, figure out what the default gateway is for any computer that's currently connected to the router.
Linksys E2000 Firmware & Manual Links
The Linksys website has everything you need to know about the E2000 router, on the Linksys E2000 Support page.
Go to the download page (through that same link) to get the most recent firmware and the Windows and Mac Connect Setup software. The Linksys E2000 manual is available there, too, as a PDF file (you'll need a PDF reader to open it).
Some routers have multiple hardware versions and, therefore, multiple firmware download links. In those cases, be sure to get the correct firmware file. The E2000 has only one hardware version; use the firmware download link in the Hardware version 1.0 section of the download page.