How to Reset a Linksys Router

Hey there! If you're looking to reset your Linksys router, you've come to the right place. Resetting your router can help resolve various issues, such as forgotten passwords, network connectivity problems, or even just starting fresh with a clean slate. In this guide, I'll walk you through the step-by-step process of resetting your Linksys router.

Before we begin, it's important to note that resetting your router will erase all your custom settings and configurations. So, make sure to back up any important data or settings before proceeding. Now, let's get started!

Step 1: Locate the Reset Button

The reset button on a Linksys router is typically a small hole located at the back or bottom of the device. It's usually labeled "Reset" or "Restore Factory Defaults." Grab a paperclip or a small, pointed object that can fit into the hole.

Step 2: Power Off the Router

To avoid any potential issues, it's best to power off your router before performing a reset. Simply unplug the power cable from the router or switch off the power button, if available.

Step 3: Perform the Reset

Now, gently insert the paperclip or pointed object into the reset hole and press and hold the reset button for about 10-15 seconds. You may need to use some force, but be careful not to damage the router. During this time, you might notice the router's lights flashing or turning off momentarily.

Step 4: Power On the Router

After releasing the reset button, plug the power cable back into the router or switch on the power button. Wait for the router to fully power on. This process may take a minute or two.

Step 5: Reconfigure Your Router

Once the router has powered on, it will be restored to its factory default settings. You can now access the router's web-based setup page to reconfigure it. To do this, open a web browser on a device connected to the router and enter the default IP address of the router in the address bar. The default IP address is typically "" or "" Press Enter to access the login page.

Step 6: Set Up a New Password

On the login page, you'll be prompted to enter a username and password. By default, the username is often left blank, and the password is "admin." However, it's crucial to change these default credentials to secure your router. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up a new password and any other desired configurations.

And there you have it! You've successfully reset your Linksys router. Remember to reconnect any devices and reconfigure any custom settings you had before the reset.

If you encounter any issues during the reset process or need further assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to our support team at How Reset. We're here to help you troubleshoot and resolve any common tech issues you may encounter with your Linksys router.

Happy resetting!

Samuel Techman
Software Development, Network Security, Troubleshooting, IoT, AI

Samuel Techman is a tech enthusiast with over 10 years of experience in the IT industry. He specializes in software development, network security, and troubleshooting. Samuel's passion for technology and his knack for simplifying complex tech issues make him a valuable contributor to How Reset.