This is a very common question worldwide, where users want to know the default login username/password of their home Wi-Fi router.
In this guide, we’re going to be more specific and cover just the major UK ISPs, listing in turn all the default router login IPs, usernames and passwords for all the major internet providers that most people will have heard of:
- Virgin Media
- Sky Broadband
- Now Broadband
- Post Office Broadband
- Vodafone Broadband
- EE Broadband
As a general rule, 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 are the most commonly used default router IP addresses, with “admin” being a common username and “password” being a common password. However, this varies a lot and the exact login details can be found on a sticker on the back of your router.
Therefore, we’ll first detail how to find and use the details on the sticker on your router, and then run through the main British internet providers one by one, listing their default router login details, plus some other common default login credentials you can try if you don’t have access to your router right away. We’ll also cover what to do if these details have been changed.
Finding Login Details On Your Router
The easiest way to find the default login details on your router if you’ve got access to it is just to look on it to find a sticker.
All routers have the default login credentials listed on the device itself somewhere, something like this:
The router login IP, admin/username and password should be listed. Just type the login IP into any browser address bar of any connected device and then enter the admin/username and password.
As long as they haven’t been changed, this should log you into the router settings. If the default details don’t work because they’ve been changed, see the section further below for advice.
For those that don’t have access to the router to check the sticker, we’ll now run through all the major UK ISPs, listing the default login details you can use to access the router settings.
Router Login Details For BT
For almost all BT routers – login IP is 192.168.1.254, username is “admin” and password is “randomly generated”. This works for all the Home Hub and Smart Hub models.
The only exception to this is the “Voyager 2000” router sometimes used with BT packages, which has a login IP of 192.168.1.1 and both the username and password are “admin”
Router Login Details For Virgin Media
For all modern Virgin Media routers – default login IP is 192.168.0.1, username is “admin” and password is “randomly generated”. This works for all “Super Hub” models.
Router Login Details For Sky Broadband UK
For almost all Sky routers, the default login IP is 192.168.0.1, the username is “admin” and password is “sky”. In rare cases the login IP for Sky can be 192.168.1.1 and the username can be “sky” and the password “lightweight”.
Router Login Details For TalkTalk UK
For most TalkTalk routers, the default login IP is 192.168.1.1 and both the username and password are “admin”, though it can vary with different router models.
You might have to check the stickers on the back for some Huawei and Sagecom models; see here for a guide on TalkTalk routers.
Router Login Details For Plusnet Broadband
For all Plusnet routers, the default login IP is 192.168.1.254, the username is “admin” but the password varies and is printed on the sticker or card on the back of the router. Sometimes it is the serial number of the router itself.
See here for a guide from Plusnet on using their different routers (The Hub One, The 2704n router and the 582n router).
Router Login Details For Now Broadband
For Now Broadband users, for the default router login try 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.1.254. The default username is “admin” and the password is “nowtv”
The default login IP isn’t easily available online, so you’ll have to check the commonly used values as listed above, or check the sticker on the router. If you enter the correct IP, you’ll know it, because that’s when the username/password box comes up.
Router Login Details For EE Broadband
For EE Broadband users, the router login IP is most commonly 192.168.1.1, but the router username and password does vary and is not listed online. You will have to check the sticker on the back of the router for login details.
Router Login Details For Post Office Broadband
For Post Office Broadband users, the default login details are not listed online. You will have to try the common default login IPs of 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.1.254, and check the sticker on the back of the router itself for the admin/username and password.
See also the section further below for some common ones you can try.
Router Login Details For Vodafone Broadband UK
For Vodafone Broadband routers, the default login IP is 192.168.2.1, and the username is “root” and the password is “123456”. In rare cases, this may be reversed, with the username “123456” and password “root”.
Some Common Default Router Login Details
If you cannot get immediate access to the router to check the sticker or card, then you can always just try guessing the default login details by using the most common examples. Many times, you can find the login details by trial and error.
Let’s list some common values you can try:
- Router login IP – In the English speaking western world, the default router login is often 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.1.254. More rarely, it may be 192.168.1.2, 192.168.2.1 or 10.0.0.1 or some close variant. Try typing in these IP addresses into the browser address bar of any device currently connected to the router. If a pair of admin/password boxes pop up, you know that this at least is right.
- Username/Admin – The default router admin is often just admin or administrator
- Password – The default router password can sometimes be just password or password1, but is often something else nowadays for security reasons, like the router serial number. This can often be the sticking point – you can guess the router login IP and admin, but can’t guess the password. But admin and password (small case) can sometimes work.
- Sometimes the admin and password are BOTH ‘admin’ (common) or BOTH ‘password’ (less common), so you can try this as well.
What If The Login Credentials Have Been Changed?
If you need access to the router settings, but someone has changed the login credentials away from the defaults, and they won’t give them to you, then one way to restore all login details to default is to do a full factory reset of your router.
This will restore all router login and Wi-Fi network passwords to the defaults indicated on the sticker on the back, and allow you to gain access again.
The exact process of doing this can differ between different routers, but here is a general process:
Most commonly, the router’s got a simple reset button somewhere prominent, and also a reset/factory reset hole somewhere else. The reset button quickly resets the router (won’t reset any usernames/passwords). The reset hole is what you push a pin into for 10-20 seconds for the full reset (will reset all details to default).
It often looks something like this:
Sometimes it will be labelled “factory reset” to make it clearer. Just push a pen, safety pin or other suitable object into it for up to 20 seconds. This should initiate a full factory reboot, that can take up to 5 minutes.
More rarely, on some routers there isn’t a reset hole, but simply a reset button sticking out that you press quickly for quick resets and press and hold for 20 seconds for a full reset.
This will wipe all custom settings on the router, and restore all usernames and passwords (both for Wi-Fi access and router login) to the defaults indicated on the back, so you can use them again. Be aware that it will also wipe any custom settings you’ve configured in the router settings (such as DNS, DMZ, QoS, Static IP etc) and revert them to default as well.
See our full article on resetting router usernames and passwords if you need more help with this.
See also links to guides on how to factory reset routers for all the UK ISPs listed in this article, for more specific steps:
- Factory resetting BT routers
- Factory resetting Virgin Media routers
- Factory resetting Sky routers
- Factory resetting TalkTalk routers
- Factory resetting Plusnet routers
- Factory resetting Now Broadband routers
- Factory resetting Vodafone UK routers
- Factory resetting EE Broadband routers
- Factory resetting Post Office Broadband routers – couldn’t find anything specific. Will probably have a reset hole like most other routers – just push a pin into it for 20 seconds to do a full reset.