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I seem to have lost the router password to my wndr3700 and I need to add a new portforward to my already large list, thing is, I know I can do a factory reset, but that will also lose all of my portfowards and other settings. Is there some way of resetting just the password, or saving the settings so that I can restore them after the reset?

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The official Netgear answer is :

Unfortunately, there is no way to recover a lost or forgotten password from a router or access point; you will need to reset the device to factory defaults.

If you have ever taken a backup of your router's configuration, you can use it to recover the password using the Nirsoft RouterPassView :

The backup file of the router usually contains important data like your ISP user name/password, the login password of the router, and wireless network keys. If you lost one of these password/keys, but you still have a backup file of your router configuration, RouterPassView might help you to recover your lost password from your router file.


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sadly, I set this router up before I thought of taking backups. after resetting it, now I will! also, selecting as answer because of that nifty tool for future people – admalledd Jan 30 '11 at 11:53

More than likely not possible (at least, easily) since the router doesn't have a way of connecting that wouldn't require you to authenticate. Without physically taking the devices non-volatile storage out and reading it, I don't think this is possible.

I know it's repeated a lot, but it's essential -- keep good, regular backups of both your data and hardware settings for devices with complex setups.

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arg, I thought so, but it was worth trying to ask – admalledd Jan 30 '11 at 10:43

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