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DD-WRT v23-SP1 admin username is now "root"

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by vincentfox, May 23, 2006.

  1. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    In recent v23-SP1 firmware, the username you must fill in is:

    username: root
    password: admin

    Yes, the Linksys firmware would let you leave the username field blank or type in garbage. DD-WRT v23-SP1 will not.

    Please link this thread in replies to the confused, instead of retyping it. I prefer to encourage the practice of reading announcements and stickies.
  2. dontbotherme

    dontbotherme Network Guru Member

    In a lot of the Linksys documentation it states use a username/password combination of admin/admin.

    I know it accepts {blank}/admin but admin/admin is what the user manual suggests to use. IMHO, BrainSlayer should have changed the username to "admin" which probably would have made things easier for the less technically inclined/lazy of the bunch. It would fit more in line with the Linksys, Belkin, Motorola, etc. line.... admin/admin.
  3. CoBrA2168

    CoBrA2168 Network Guru Member

    Yes this should help alot of n00bs like me (i did the same thing when i upgraded)
  4. michaels7671

    michaels7671 LI Guru Member

    I know I'm asking for it, but isn't root one less letter than admin?

  5. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    In the Unix world "root" is used and Windows world is "admin". Since dd-wrt is a Linux-based firmware I guess is appropriate for BS to rename it "root"
  6. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    "Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do or die."

    I don't know what the developer rationale is, just documenting it to answer it quickly and hopefully cut down on the number of confused threads about this subject.
  7. ccbadd

    ccbadd Network Guru Member

    Keep in mind that if someone is trying to hack into your router, the user name is half of the battle! If you are very security concious, change it to something other than "root" or "admin". You can do it easy with this firmware.
  8. michaels7671

    michaels7671 LI Guru Member

    Trust me I concur with all the rationale, I was just being sarcastic towards the people who refuse to go look for the information, prior to complaining about it or being lazy. :thumbup:
  9. JBC247

    JBC247 Guest

    Will you be able to update the firmware using the linksys TFTP tool if this firmware requires a username?
  10. cowymo

    cowymo Guest

    I just upgraded to V23 SP2. I tried using "root" and pwd "admin", it doesn't allow me to log in. Please help!!
  11. spiff72

    spiff72 LI Guru Member

    I was thinking the same thing, since I was trying to upgrade the firmware of my router with the tftp tool and with the auto upgrade utility from Linksys. Neither seem to work after installing the DD-WRT firmware. I was thinking this was related to the new username, so I tried changing the router login to be blank. Perhaps I should try to change it to "admin"?

    I actually want to try loading the Alchemy fimware, but have been unsuccessful since any/all firmware upgrade attempts are failing. I can't remember if I have tried using the built in upgrade in the router setup (and picking the Alchemy .bin file).
  12. Reset web user and password

    I had the same issues, but was still able to log on using putty.
    Once in you can easily reset the (encrypted) username and password:

    nvram unset http_username
    nvram unset http_password
    This gives you instant access to you web administration.
  13. _Jey

    _Jey Guest

    Hi all,

    I've updated to v23 SP2 as well, but didn't load the default settings after the firmware upgrade. The flashing went well, but after the reboot I cannot login either with root/admin. My old username/password combination doesn't work either.

    I tried to login with Putty as Mark van der Voort described and that works. Not with the combination of root/admin, but with root/oldpassword. So I can login with Putty, but not on the admin pages itself.

    i also tried
    nvram unset http_username
    nvram unset http_password
    but am not certain of what should happen then.
    What steps do I have to take after the code above?
    Can anyone help me out with this?
    Thanks a lot!
  14. sjdigital

    sjdigital Network Guru Member

    My problem after doing the upgrade is that after getting the log in screen and finding that "root" and "admin" didn't work, I can now no longer even get to the log in screen. The router continues to work just fine, but I can't access it to do the VPN upgrade that was the object of the exercise! What to do?

    Update: Using Putty I was able to log in using "root" and my old password (not "admin"!), but I still can't get to the log in screen using my browser. Any suggestions?
  15. sjdigital

    sjdigital Network Guru Member

    OK, problem solved! Doing a hard reset gave me the log in page and using "root" and "admin" I was then able to log in as expected, but obviously I then had to reset my WPA key, password, MAC control list, etc. Not a big deal, but the whole process was not intuitively obvious to the casual observer!
  16. rilleri

    rilleri LI Guru Member

    Hmm. Seems to some login issues for others as well, but you guys seem to be able to access the router from putty / telnet..

    Im running V23 SP2 Micro (generic) on my WRT54GS v6 and there is a lot things that really bug me...
    One of these issues is that approx. after 5min after I change the username and password the router power led blinks (twice or perhaps three times) and the user root is displayed in the login window.. I tried the old root/admin no luck.. I tried my new user/PW.. No luck Not even the root/ new PW works in either browser nor telnet / putty..

    Am I totally off the chart in this case with my "skunky" DD-WRT sw, do I have wrong sw or why do I have a lot issues.. It seems to be working for a lot WRT54GS:s for except mine.

    Anyone have comment?
  17. GuyDec

    GuyDec Network Guru Member

    Reverting from DD-WRT V23 SP2 to DD-WRT v23 (12/25/05)

    I upgraded from DD-WRT v23 std (12/25/05) to DD-WRT std V23 SP2 and it went well. But I discovered with my wifi config my internet connection is slowed down by 20 % (from 2000 KB/s to 1600 KB/s). I introduced my own login and password.

    I decided to dowgrade back to DD-WRT std v23 origin (12/25/05) and it went well. My connection speed is now regularily back to 2000 KB/s. The problem is now I can no longer access the configuration setup of my router via http://192.168.xxxx.yyy. It doesn't accept the login and password I set up under SP2.

    So I'm stuck and I'ld like to avoid resetting factory parameters and needing to reconfigure the all stuff again.

    Any idea Thanks

  18. condonethis

    condonethis Guest

    Man what is this password????

    I like Geese.
    Merry Christmas.:) :biggrin: :redface: :rolleyes: :tongue: :mad: :cool: :thumbdown: :halo: :confused: :smile: :angry: :eek: :frown:
  19. phinn

    phinn Network Guru Member

    Well that is wonderful but I just flashed my WRTSL54GS with v23 SP2 and I can't even login to it! I tried a hard reset but still cannot login with their alleged root / admin

    I haven't used this firmware in ages, been sticking to Thibor 16 since everything works.... Looks like I'm going right back.
  20. phinn

    phinn Network Guru Member

    okay I gave it another shot, and after holding down the reset switch for like 10 seconds and the router rebooted it worked!

    Now I would like to figure out how to mount the USB hard drive I used and use Static DHCP if availible.

    It doesn't look like the USB hard drive / FTP server stuff from the SL routers is supported?
  21. tongjet

    tongjet New Member Member

    Do not using firefox, Please using chrome, internet explorer, edge and other browser to log in to default web login because firefox is alway give the wrong username /password.
    I don't know why but using edge , chrome, I log in successfully with root/admin and root/password.
    Please try and see the result!

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