Router Admin/Pass hack (My OWN router)

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Pfhortipfhy, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. Pfhortipfhy macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2009
    Before anyone gets angry about what I'm asking, let me explain: My family can NEVER remember our router admin/password, we've set and reset and all sorts of things hundreds of times, but each time we set it we always forget it. I thought finally we had a workable password that was memorable enough that I wouldn't forget in the large gaps between times that I needed access. Unfortunately, it seems that my father has mistyped the password, or reset it in the intervening time for some reason. I called him, and he doesn't remember. Ironically, I'm trying to login to see if I can change the WEP encoding to WPA2, in order to increase security.

    Anywho, if anyone knows how to get the admin/pass off a router on OSX (actually, just the Pass. I have the Admin), such tips would be greatly appreciated. If you all are a bit leery, and don't quite trust me or think I'm lying, and want to prevent me from carrying out some nefarious scheme that I might be lying about, I understand. No harm done if you choose not to answer.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. savar macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2003
    District of Columbia
    I trust you, but I don't understand your question.

    Why don't you just reset the password again? It sounds like you've done it a number of times.

    It *is* possible to recover a WEP key using cracking tools, but its pretty time consuming. If you have physical access to the access point, then a hard reset will be much faster.

    Edit: Also... how's about you write down the password this time? Insanity is trying the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result.
  3. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    Go to keychain access on a computer/account that HAS accessed the airport at some point in the past. If you select the "login" keychain set, you should see the airport keychain. Give that a double click. Once the keychain is opened, you can see a check box next to the "Show password" box. Click the show pass box and enter your account password. Now it will show you the base password.
  4. GroovyLinuxGuy macrumors regular


    Apr 2, 2006
    If you do this, I would suggest encrypting the password on your computer with something like truecrypt or keeping a password safe and putting the credentials in there.

  5. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    +2 - Just reset it like you have before. Where is the harm in that? If it is your router, then you have physical access to it. Then, write the key on a sticky note and stick it to the damn thing so you don't forget again.

    Cracking WEP is fun, but it requires a lot of network activity.
  6. Guzzler1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2009
    Hit the Reset Button

    First time posting . I'm here to pick everyone else's brains. Just finished Registering my Account.

    Here's just a quick ,non-technical answer .

    If I'm correct most all routers have a reset Hole & Button on the back panel , top or Bottom usually .By pressing the reset button ,you will be putting the router back to its original factory settings . Then you can log back in with the Manufacturers Default Account , and Password . Then you can set it up again with your account , and New Password.

    I take a straightened out paperclip insert it in the hole . Then press when it makes contact with the reset button inside . Press and hold the button in ,for thirty to sixty seconds . Release it then watch your lights on the front of the router . Upon release you will see them all lit up . Then they will shut off , and light back up in the power up test sequence for the router. The routers now reset.

    Hope this helps


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