Resetting your Linksys router to factory default settings

What will happen if I reset the router?

Once you reset the router, the settings will be reverted to its factory defaults.  All of the customized settings of the router (Wi-Fi name (SSID), wireless security, etc.) will be erased.

IMPORTANT:  If you want to restore the router’s original settings without re-configuring it, you have to save a backup file.

There are two ways to reset your router.  Select from the options below to know how:

Manual Reset

Step 1:
Locate the Reset button and, using a pen or a paper clip, press and hold the Reset button for 10 seconds

QUICK TIP:  For router models such as the Linksys Wireless-B and Wireless-G routers, press and hold the Reset button for 30 seconds.


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QUICK TIP:  Observe the Power light of the router while pressing the button.  It should blink or flash as an indication that the router is properly resetting.  

Step 2:
Unplug the router from the power outlet for 30 seconds.  Plug it back and wait for the Power light to turn solid.

IMPORTANT:  For the newly-released Linksys Wi-Fi Routers, unplugging the device from the outlet is no longer required.

Software Reset

NOTE:  Images and steps may vary depending on your router's model number.

Step 1:
Using a computer that's connected to your router, open a browser and type "" in the Address bar then press [ENTER].  If your router's IP address has been changed, use that instead.

Step 2:
Once prompted, enter your router's administrator credentials to log in.  The default password is admin and no username.  If you have changed your router's administrator password, use that instead.

Step 3:
When the router’s web-based setup page appears, click the Administration tab.


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Step 4:
Click Factory Defaults.

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Click on the User-added image button.


Once you have successfully reset your router, you will need to reconfigure its settings.  Choose from any of the links below to learn how to set up your Linksys router again:

Setting up a Linksys router with DSL Internet service

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