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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 (network name, wireless security, etc.) will be erased and the router’s IP Address will be reverted back to, with a default password of “admin” and no username.  The following scenarios may be applicable for router reset:

• Reinstalling the router after an unsuccessful attempt of using the Setup Key/CD.
• Unable to access the web-based setup page due to a forgotten or lost password.
• After performing firmware upgrade and still unable to access the Internet.
• Reconfiguring the router's Internet connection after experiencing a power outage.
• If the computer cannot obtain a valid IP Address from the router.
• If the Power LED is blinking.

IMPORTANT:  If you want to restore the router’s original settings without reconfiguring, you have to save a backup file.  To learn how, click here.

Resetting the router

Step 1:
Locate the Reset button at the back or bottom of your router.   Using a pen or a paper clip, press and hold the Reset button for 10 seconds.  For router models such as the Linksys Wireless-B and G routers, press and hold the Reset button for 30 seconds.



QUICK TIP:  Observe the Power LED on 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 LED to be solid.

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

Once you have successfully reset your router, you will need to reconfigure the network settings.

Choose from any of the following Internet connection types to learn how to set up your router again:

Cable Internet Service
DSL Internet
Static IP Account

Extending the range of your wireless network

There are instances when you experience Wi-Fi dead spots or locations in your house where there is poor or no signal from the wireless router.  This may be caused by obstructions like walls, furniture and fixtures or just areas that are out of range of the router's signal.  The Linksys Range Extender (RE1000, RE1000 v1.5) is a device that will provide the solution to getting poor or no signal because it extends the wireless range of your main router.

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