Archer VR1600v – Getting root or super user credentials the easy way

If you’ve recently acquired NBN broadband in Australia you’ve probably been given an Archer VR1600v router to go with it.  A free router is great and all but sometimes you feel the need to fix what aint broke and voiding the warranty is the only way to scratch that itch.  Fortunately, root (or more precisely super user) credentials are real easy to find out in this case so read on…


  1. First things first, open up chrome and login to the router.
  2. Navigate to the Advanced tab and then the USB Sharing menu.
  3. Open chromes page inspector tool by right clicking somewhere on the page and clicking “inspect”.
  4. Next click on the USB Storage Device menu item on the left there.
  5. In the Inspector Tool click on the Network tab across the top and you should see a list of pages and CGI items listed.
  6. See that one labeled CGI followed by a bunch of 5’s ?  Select that one and you should see the contents pop up in the right hand column.  Now scroll down and there it is.
  7. The SU (super user) username and right below it is the password.  See my example image below if you’re lost.

Now go break some stuff!

8 comments on “Archer VR1600v – Getting root or super user credentials the easy wayAdd yours →

  1. Hey Marcel,
    Im using Chrome 75 on Linux. With a “later” verion of Chrome the instruction have changed a bit
    1. goto and use admin/admin
    2. Right click anywhere and inspect element
    3. On the inspect Element navigate to network –> here is where it gets a bit different
    4 Press CTL R to start recording
    6. NOW… Navigate to Advanced then USB Sharing
    7. Find the element that is NOT CGI with all the 5’s… its actually 5s and 1s
    without the ampersands its CGI?55151155551
    Lo and behold, I have the same su password as you > adminPwd=ygDT92!ez7

  2. received Archer VR1600v V2 from TPG
    tried your method but……
    all my user name and passwords are all in ****** under chrome’s inspect page
    could you please tell me how to make it display those infos ?

    1. Hmm not sure why they’re masked out for you . Might be new firmware maybe. Try su and ygDT92!ez7 as the user and password.:P.

    2. TPG oh NO,
      Ive got the latest VR1600v and the latest Chrome,
      Have a look at my slightly updated instruction

    3. TPG oh No,
      Sorry, dont know what to say. On my broser it works fine.
      I am however using Chrome V75.0.3770.90 (Official Build) (64-bit) on Linux… might have something to do with your Chrome version

  3. This is great, so simple to do (once you know what to look for) are there any ways to enable the hidden features? there are many items that are not visible.

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