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How to reboot or reset the router to factory settings using the Linksys cloud account for your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router

The Reboot option restarts your router by turning it OFF and ON.  When rebooting the router, all the devices that are connected to it will be disconnected but will automatically reconnect once the reboot process is finished.  
 
The Reset option, on the other hand, erases all the settings on your router and sets the router back to its factory defaults.  It will allow you to reconfigure the router from scratch and create new settings based on your network setup.
 
NOTE:  These options are only available if you are locally connected to your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router’s network.

Why is rebooting or resetting the router important?

It is important to reboot or reset the router to fix certain issues that you may be experiencing with the router.
 
NOTE:  It is recommended to first try to reboot the router.  If it does not fix the issue, you may reset the router and reconfigure it.
 
To reboot or reset the router using your Linksys cloud account, follow the steps below:

i.  Reboot the router            
ii. Reset to factory default settings

Reboot the router

Step 1:
Launch a web browser and enter your router’s IP address, "192.168.1.1" or “myrouter.local”, in the Address bar then press [Enter].

NOTE:  The Linksys router’s default IP address is 192.168.1.1.  If you have changed it, use your customized router’s IP address instead.  For instructions, click 
here.
 
Step 2: 
On the navigation pane, under Router Settings, click Troubleshooting.



Step 3:
Click the Diagnostics tab.



Step 4:
Click the Reboot link.

 

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Step 5:
On the Important pop-up box, click Yes.

 


NOTE:  Observe the Power light on the router when rebooting.  It should blink or flash as an indication that the router is going through the process.  Wait for a few minutes to finish the process.

Step 6:
On the Router Reboot pop-up box, click Ok.



 

Reset to factory default settings

NOTE:  If you want to manually reset your router, just press and hold the Reset button for about 10 seconds while the device is still powered ON then release.  All configurations that have been made on the router will be erased after resetting the router. 

Step 1:
Launch a web browser and enter your router’s IP address, "192.168.1.1" or “myrouter.local”, in the Address bar then press [Enter].

NOTE:  The router’s default IP address is 192.168.1.1.  If you have changed the it, use your customized router’s IP address instead.  For instructions, click
 here.
 
Step 2: 
On the navigation pane, under Router Settings, click Troubleshooting.



 

Step 3:
Click the Diagnostics tab.



 

Step 4:
Click the Reset link.



 

Step 5:
On the Important pop-up box, click Yes.

 

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NOTE:  The Power light on the router should be blinking or flashing as an indication that the router is resetting.

Step 6:
On the Router Reset pop-up box, click Ok and close your browser.
 
Step 7:
After resetting, the router is now ready for reconfiguration using the Linksys cloud account.  For more information on setting up the Linksys router using the Linksys cloud account, click on the links below:
 
Setting up your Linksys router with a Static IP account through Linksys cloud account
Setting up your Linksys router with Cable Internet service using Linksys Smart Wi-Fi


 

Related Articles:

Restarting your router using the Linksys app
Resetting your router and changing the router admin password

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