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Saturday, September 15, 2007

ActionTec MI424WR Default Password and Reset Information

Today I needed to make some quick updates to my Verizon FiOS Internet service, specifically with the ActionTec MI424WR (or MI424-WR) router that Verizon gives you as the default fiber-optic broadband router for their FiOS service. Depending on how long ago you had your router installed, it is very possible that you may have forgotten the default username and default password for the ActionTec MI424-WR broadband router. In my case, that is exactly what I did.

So, after a few minutes of Googling, I was able to locate the exact information on the internet and wanted to post to make it easy for anyone who is looking to find.

First, let's talk about the default username and password. The default username for the Verizon FiOS ActionTec MI424WR broadband router is "admin" and the default password is "password". (Update: for the newer ActionTec MI424-WR routers provided by Verizon FiOS the default password is often times the serial number on the router, printed with a sticker that usually begins with CSJ... )In many cases this might not work for you as the the technicians that install them often change them from the defaults. You may also want to chech and see if the default password of "password1" works for your installation as it is a common setting.

So, what do you do now if the defaults do not work for you? The easiest method to figure out the password would be to reset the ActionTec MI424WR to the default settings in order to restore the default username of "admin" and the default password of "password". In order to do this, locate the reset button on the back of your router (shown in picture below circled).

How to reset the ActionTec MI424WR broadband router to default setting
From there, find an object similar to a paper clip and depress the button for at least 10 seconds. I recommend 30 seconds to be safe. From there, wait approximately 30 seconds for the router to reboot and then you will be able to access the router via you internet browser at with the default username of "admin" and the default password of "password". Warning, of course any of your custom setting will be lost by performing this action!

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Wesley said...

Thanks for this post. I was finding docs everywhere else with a default login of "admin" and "password" but that just wasn't working. Using "password1" as you suggested did the trick.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post.. i found the manual for this router but it said default pass was blank, this helped a lot.

thanks again.

Alex said...

I've spent hours trying to figure out the password to my Actiontec router, and then I found this article. Thank You! Your suggestion of using "password1" did the trick, and saved me the agony of resetting the router and reconfiguring it.

By the way, as a suggestion to anyone reading this, save your router's configuration to a file, so if you have to reset it for some reason, you can load the configuration file, which can save you a lot of time and aggravation.
This is good advice for any router.

For the Actiontec MI424WR, click on the "Advanced" menu item, click "Yes" to the Warning challenge. Next click on the "Configuration File" menu selection, and then save the file to your hard drive, making sure you give it a meaningful name.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting this. I was just about to throw the router at the wall in frustration.

Anonymous said...

I was visiting my father-in-law and he didn't even realize he had wireless capability. "password1" did the trick to get me the key I needed to connect. Thank you so much.

Nema said...

Thank you sir! Greatly appreciated.
Your neighborhood IT guy.

Anonymous said...

i just wanted to say thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you - I was about to go through all the reset steps and was NOT looking forward to it. Password1 worked - you saved me a great deal of time. THANK YOU !

Anonymous said...

Im having a problem when i try typing in a password after one key stroke about 7 dots automatically come up is this suppose to happen should i just continue typing the rest of the letters or is there something i am doing wrong.

Ken Hanscom said...

Just continue typing, the interface is a little buggy like that.


Anonymous said...

I have a ActionTec MI424-WR router. The install tech never did give me the username and password for router. The booklet he left me gave me the username "admin" but no password. password1 work for me! Thanks!! Now I can finally change from WEP to WPA.

Anonymous said...

Thanks - password1 did the trick
This Blog /Post was very helpfull

Anonymous said...

I tried password and password1 but both of them dont work. Any tips for another password?

Anonymous said...

Out of curiosity what would happen, exactly, if I hit the reset button my router?

What type of information would I lose?

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I've been trying to get my new laptop connected to the router and had tried everything and finally I found this post! Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I was very encouraged by this post, however it isn't working. My router is years old but is working. The admin/passwor1, admin/password1 or admin/ , aren't working. when I type one letter, about 4 dots pop up. I have tried numerous times with no success. Any other ideas?

Rangfur said...

You might try admin/admin.

Anonymous said...

New FiOS install in Maryland, Nov. 2010.

FYI, the combo that worked for me to access the WiFi/router was to use admin plus the serial number printed on the label of the router (with CAPS LOCK on, and the S/N begins with CSJD81.)
U: admin
P: CSJD81........

Good luck to anyone trying to access their ActionTec MI-424WR.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot. The
-CSJ..... (serial number)

works for me too. Nothing else worked.

My router was a 3 year old one. Today is my first time trying to change something in the router.


terr said...

Thanks for this.. all documentation said password was password. Hmph!

Thanks again!!

Anonymous said...

I was just wondering if you guys know if when you reset the router and load the configuration file, will it have the same user name and password to log into the router?

Anonymous said...

Thank you. Serial number was my password