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How to Reset or Change the Password for Your Verizon FIOS Router


Have you ever tried to login to your Verizon FIOS router, only to find out that you’ve got no idea what the password is? Here’s how to reset the password to the factory defaults and get access to your router again.

If you’re still looking for a good reason to login to the router, be sure to read our guide to changing your Wi-Fi router channel to optimize your signal, or our explanation on why hiding your wireless SSID is really not a security feature.

Logging Into Your Router

Normally all you need to do in order to login to your router is simply head to in your browser, and enter in the username and password to get into the settings.


On a side note, that password box is really annoying on these Verizon routers.

Resetting the Password for Your Verizon Router

Each of the Verizon routers will have a Reset button on the back side somewhere, usually with a red circle around it. To reset the router to factory defaults, press this button (using a pen or something similar), and hold it down until all the lights on the router blink and turn off, and then back on—it’ll take somewhere between 10-30 seconds.


If it doesn’t work, then try it again.

And the Default Password Is…

Once you’ve reset the password to the default, it’s going to be set to one of the following—or it might already be set to one of these, so before you reset the router, you should try each of these.

  • “Password” – once you reset the password on most of the routers, it should be set to simply password.
  • “admin” – sometimes the Verizon tech will change the password to admin, though they are supposed to change it to the serial number.
  • Serial Number – each router has a serial number on the sticker on the back, and often the password has been changed to match this number.
  • Blank – and we’re not referring to typing Blank into the password field—on one of the routers the password field should just be ignored, by default, at least.

If you’re still not having any luck, then reset it.

Various Verizon Router Models

We’ve put together a quick little table with all the Verizon router models that we know of, and the default password for each.

  Figure depicting Actiontec wireless router Figure depicting Verizon 9100VM Router Verizon 9100EM Router Figure depicting D-Link wireless router Figure depicting Actiontec wireless router
Model Number Verizon MI424WR Verizon 9100VM Verizon 9100EM D-Link VDI-624 Actiontec MI424WR
Username admin admin admin admin admin
Password password password password blank password

Of course, once we put the table together we realized that they were all the same except for one of them, so the table isn’t very useful… but it looks nice, so we’re leaving it here.

Changing Your Router Password

Once you’re able to login the first time, you’ll be prompted to change the password on the first login—but if you were able to login without having to reset it, you should probably head down to the Quick Links section on the left-hand side, and use the Change Login User Name / Password setting.


Naturally, this might be different for your router version, but this is what we’re seeing right now.

Password Managers Like LastPass Don’t Work

If you’re having a problem logging in with a password manager like LastPass, you might not actually have a password problem as much as a password manager problem—for some reason this password box doesn’t work right with password managers.


The trick is to just use LastPass to copy the password to the clipboard, and then manually paste it in.


On a side note: if you’re using another (better) router internally for your network, you should probably disable WEP on the Verizon router.

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  • Published 11/15/10

Comments (8)

  1. Chronno S. Trigger

    Recently (two or three months ago) Verizon reset all their modem passwords to the serial number. I figured that out when I had to fix a port forwarding problem from off site and was unable to get in.

  2. Arthur Ametrano

    The only thing i find wrong with Verizon FIOS, Internet Service. Is that they may tell you their capability to your Internet is high speed. Before switching over I had DSL which I found was no faster nor slower than FIOS. On the bottom of my toolbar which dictates the strength of the signal is only for bar levels, it would appear that when I move my laptop into the living room where the router was placed behind my television set, rather than in the room where my computer actually is like I had with DSL, I notice that the signals get stronger. But in all fairness I don’t find mt PC to be any faster. I don’t have a lot of icons nor do I have a lot of things stored on my hard drive so therefore I don’t see what the problem is. But unfortunately I’m stuck with them right now I only took their service a month ago, which included the telephone and television. Also if you have to sign up with them with package deal make sure you know who the representative is that you’re talking to, because I had a lot of problems with the the price that they gave me originally, and then the first month of service hit me with an outrageous bill, which consequently after fighting with them they lowwered it. In my opinion no matter who would maybe you get for your service that basically all the same.

  3. phinney5350

    Good Article & it cover all the Fios routers. ALSO This isn’t a gripe session about Verizon, it’s help to use your router. Please keep that in mind.Great Job Geek!

  4. Willis

    @Arthur Ametrano

    *sigh* Time for a lesson in…

    First of all, internet speed does not have anything to do with your computer speed. Computer speed depends on internal hardware (For example, i7 motherboard, SSD hard-drive, DDR3 RAM, etc.) . Internet speed is controlled by your Internet Service Provider (Verizon).

    Second, you mention the bar level signals which indicates a WIFI connection. WIFI connection is known to be slower or weaker than an Ethernet connection (direct Ethernet cord connection to the back of the tower or laptop – usually yellow or blue cord). The closer you’re to the router, the signal will be better for the WIFI connection. The farther away you’re away from the router, the weaker the WIFI connection.

    Lastly, you need to be educated in the internet speed packages given by your ISP (in this case Verizon).

    O.o I though Verizon stopped the contract agreement not that long ago? (From what I saw in some of their advertisements)

  5. Sully

    Once you enter the default password to get into the router GUI is password1, default username is admin. Hitting the reset button on the actiontech routers resets the password back to the serial on the router.

  6. MuleSkinner

    Sully, I just got FIOS in January and they gave me an Actiontec router (MI424WR Rev. F) . Resetting the router brings back a default user name and password of ‘admin’ and ‘password’. If you Google ‘MI424WR default password username’, you’ll see that’s true for all MI424WRs.

  7. kingjames

    im scared if i reset the router my connection will stop working

  8. Spark

    No King that won’t happen I did it and my connection still works. it just resets the settings in the router not the service =)

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