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Huawei HG523a forgotten password

Okay, I’m a numpty – I forgot the admin password for my router.  The (security driven) delay before you can try again is hampering me from trying the many I might have used – especially as it doesn’t tell you if it was wrong or it is still timed out!

Luckily, on one of my computers, I have a cookie saved that fills my username and password in for me, so I can still log in.  Okay, so I must be able to recover my password from this… right?  I really don’t want to have to factory reset the thing.  Challenge… wait for it… accepted.

  • Enter the menu system (with your saved credentials).
  • Click Advanced and click Okay to proceed.
  • Click Maintenance, click Device, then click the Configuration File tab.
  • Click the Download Configuration File button and save it to your desktop.
  • Open the file with Notepad (or Wordpad).
  • Search for the text Userpassword
  • Copy and paste the password into the http://www.base64decode.org/ website.
  • Click the <Decode> button.
  • Your password will be displayed in plain text.