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Wrong or Forgotten Password in WiFi Base Stations

Can't remember the password to your WiFi base station? If you keep getting rejected while entering passwords to access your WiFi settings, there are two options you can try:

First, try entering a factory, default password. This default password is the password assigned to it when it shipped. Here are a few common default passwords for popular brands:

  • Linksys Default Password: admin
  • NETGEAR Default Passwords: 1234 or password
  • Apple Airport Default Passwords: public or password or admin
  • DLink Default Password: admin
  • Belkin Default Password: admin

Second, if entering the default password didn't work, you'll have to manually reset your base station. This will reset the base station password to one of the default passwords above. The only problem is that it will reset all of your settings -- including ISP settings and other security settings.

To do this go to your base station and look for a small hole on the side or back of the device -- it's the size of a pin hole. Once you've found it (make sure it's the reset button hole!), take a pencil or a pen and push the button in and hold it for several seconds. Check your user manual or the company's technical support Web site for the exact procedure. Apple base stations require that you hold the button for 10 seconds, Linksys requires 30 seconds. Make sure you check technical support before you try this.

 
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