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Default password in UniFi devices

Published onMay 1, 2024

If you need to configure UniFi devices to deploy on your network, the first thing you'll need to do is dealing with the default password that comes with these devices. It's a straightforward procedure but sometimes it can be a little confusing.

In this write-up I'll provide you with information on the default passwords for various UniFi devices, how to change them, and best practices for maintaining security after the initial setup.

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UniFi default passwords

UniFi devices, including routers, switches, and access points, come with default credentials that are used for the initial setup and configuration. It’s crucial to understand how these defaults work to ensure the security of your network.

Finding the default password

  • Device label: Most UniFi devices have a label on the back or bottom that includes the default username and password. This is often set to "ubnt" for both username and password, particularly on older devices.
  • Documentation: Check the user manual or quick start guide that came with the device. These documents usually list the default credentials.
  • Online Resources: Visit the UniFi documentation online if you don't have the manuals anymore.

Step 1: Accessing the UniFi Device

  • Connect to the device: Connect your computer to the UniFi device using an Ethernet cable. For initial setup, you may need to be directly connected to configure the device settings.
  • Log in to the device: Open a web browser and enter the default IP address for the device. This is typically "" or "". At the login request, enter the default username and password.

Step 2: Changing the default password

  • Navigate to settings: Once logged in, go to the system settings where you can manage the device’s configuration.
  • Update user credentials: Look for the user management or account section. Here, you can change the default username and password. I don't need to tell you that you need to create a strong, unique password.

Step 3: Securing your network

  • Update firmware: Make sure that your device is running the latest firmware. Updates often contain patches for security vulnerabilities, including those that might affect the device’s login mechanism.
  • Disable remote access: If not required, disable remote access to the device’s management interface to reduce the risk of unauthorized access.
  • Use a password manager: I learned this the hard way, but please use a password manager to keep track of passwords.

Other best practices

  • Use strong passwords: Alright, let's stress this one more time. Please use passwords that are at least 16 characters long, combining letters, numbers, and special characters (and a password manager).
  • Implement [Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)]https://www.unihosted.com/blog/managing-unifi-2fa): If your UniFi device or management software supports 2FA, enable it to add an extra layer of security.
  • Regular audits: Periodically review your device and network settings to ensure that all configurations meet your security standards.


Handling the default password for UniFi devices is a small but quite important stetp in setting up your network. Please immediately update the default credentials and use the best security practices to protect your network.

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