How to reset Linksys router

We will discuss about how to reset Linksys router. Before you press the reset button, you must be aware that you are going to lose all the settings of your network. Your device will come back to the factory default settings and you will need to reconfigure it from the beginning.

Step 1: Find the reset button on your router.

There is a small reset button on the back panel of the router. Generally Linksys routers have reset button on the back panel where you connect the Ethernet cables. In case of WRT series of routers, small red colored hole on the back panel. In case of new E series routers E4200, E3200, E1200, E2500, E1550, E1500, the reset button is at the bottom side. You will need to turn the device upside down.

Step 2: As per the manual you need to press the reset button for 10 seconds. Use a ball point pen or paper clip. I will suggest you to and hold it at least for 30 seconds. While pressing the reset button, you will see the power light will start blinking.

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How to reset Linksys Router

Step 3:Release the reset button and wait for 30 seconds.

Step4:Unplug the power cable from the back side of the router. Wait for 10 seconds and plug it back in.

Step5: Wait for 30 seconds till all the lights turn ON and power light will become solid.

Step 6: Now run the CD for reconfiguration. Or you can setup your device manually, without CD. Just open the setup page and change the settings to create a new network.

 Guide for Linksys router setup without CD:

 What if the power light is not solid?

If the power light on your router is blinking continuously then there is a problem with your device. It might be bricked. Try to reset the router 2 – 3 times and check to see if the power light becomes solid.

If the power light is still blinking then you can try 30-30 reset on your router.

 How to unbrick Linksys router:

Bricked is when your fancy piece of electronic kit becomes a worthless lump of plastic because the firmware has crashed and it won’t boot. This usually happens only during an upgrade if you make the mistake if unplugging it or rebooting it halfway through.

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Reset button on E4200, E3200, E1200, E1500 router
  • Press and hold the reset button for 30 seconds.
  • Do not release the reset button and unplug the power cable. Keep it unplugged for 10 seconds while you are still holding the reset.
  • Plug in the power cable while you are still holding the reset. Release the reset button 30 seconds after plugging the power cable.
  • Wait for 30 seconds and see if the power light becomes solid.

If the power light is solid then try to access the setup page using the default IP address Make sure that your computer is connected with the Ethernet cable for the reconfiguration. Do not change the router settings using a wireless computer. Use wired computer instead.

Do not use back up configuration if you are trying to upgrade the firmware. Always reconfigure manually after the firmware upgrade.

Do not upgrade the firmware using wireless computer. Use a wired computer to upgrade the firmware.

In some cases, you will see Management mode – firmware upgrade when you try to access the setup page. This may happen because of improper reset or boot up process. You can download the latest firmware and upgrade it through management mode page. On the same Management mode page, you find the option to select the firmware file to upgrade it.

There is another way of resetting. If you are able to access the setup page of Linksys router then you can reset the router using web based setup page.

Click on “Administration” tab then go to “Factory Defaults” sub tab. You will find the option to “Restore factory defaults”.

Once you reset your Linksys router, you will need to reconfigure it from the scratch. You can setup your Linksys router without installation CD or any software.

After you reset Linksys router, you will need to reconfigure it. Use Fix Home Network‘s Easy setup Guide for easy Linksys router setup steps.

19 comments on “How to reset Linksys router

  1. Reset Button not working.
    My WRT45G Ver2 cant access to since few days ago. And i try to reset it as usual but the reset button does not work even i hold it for more than 1min.

  2. Can not connect to the wireless network on new laptop. Other old laptop is connected and I can access Internet on old one. But the new one has problem connecting to WiFi. I t is running on Windows 7. When I enter the network key, it stays there and says not connected.
    Also want to know the guest network password? I did not install Cisco connect software so I am not sure where to find these settings. When I try to open and it also requires a password. I tried default password admin, but that did not work. How do I find security key? Do I need to reset if I don’t know the log in details?

  3. If I press the reset on the router, will that reset the wireless password also.
    I am looking for wireless network password. Don’t know anything about networking.
    Need help

  4. Trying to reconfigure my WRT120N with the new cable Internet service. Can not access the setup page. Tried everything but no luck. Each time I try to open the setup page, I get error 401 .

  5. My son pressed the reset button accidentaly and since then I was not able to go online on my laptop. The video on YouTube is really good. Also the steps to setup process in your guide is really easy. I was able to reconfigure my entire network.

  6. Your video on youtube is very good. I was finally able to reset my router and open the configuration page. I wanted to secure my network and that is why I had to open the setup page. Thanks for the help.

  7. I did 30-30-30 reset and got my working again. I have WRt54G model. The power light was blinking continuously. I pressed the button for 30 seconds. and got the power light solid finally. Thanks for your help.

  8. How to reset password?
    I have got older WRT120N, just bought from online used device. I am trying to set it up without installation CD. I got to the point where I need to enter the default password admin. I tried that many times but it is not working. I also followed the 30-30 reset process but the password is not accepted. Is my device locked? Do I need to return it. They have 15 days return policy. If I am not able to open the setup page then there is no use of this box. Right?

  9. How to reset E3000 if I am not able to unscrew it? My device is not on the desk, it is mounted at the ceiling. I have a computer connected with the Ethernet cable but I can not access the setup page.

  10. Can not find reset button on WRT54GC. It is not at the bottom or the flip side. How to reset Linksys WRT54GC using webpage? I am able to open the settings page. Where do I go on the settings page? I am not sure what I am doing.

  11. How do I unbrick my old Linksys WRT54G ? It is version 5 and I tried to upgrade the firmware on it. I followed the firmware upgrade instruction and power cycled . Now the power light is blinking rapidly and I can not access Internet through Linksys WRT54G.

  12. I am not able to change the settings of my Linksys E3200 using Cisco connect. I tried to install it manually but can not access Internet when installed manually. I am not sure what settings do I need to change so that I can install it manually.

  13. Trying to reset Linksys E3200 because I am not able to connect to the wireless network. I am not sure about WPA key and don’t know how to find it.

  14. thanks for your help. I was not able to secure my WRT160N because of my old computer. Your technician helped me to configure a new wireless network with the new security settings. I believe my network is secured now and no one will access it without my permission.

  15. Can not access the setup page of E3000. I have been using this model for more than a year and I never had any problem. Now I want to change the password of my network but I can not log in. What is the default password ?

  16. How to access setup page of WRT54G ? I tried but it is not opening anything. I have DSL Internet connection. I don’t want to lose my settings. What could be the IP address of my device?

  17. I did try to press the small red colored button but the power light is not blinking. I can not access the page because the password is not accepted. I have WRT120N

  18. My old WRT54G is not sending signals. I don’t see WLAN light and the power light is blinking. It is version 5 model. I am also trying to setup WRT120N but I can not access the setup. I do not have CD.

  19. I was trying to access the setup page using but it says 401 unauthorized all the time. What is the default password of E3200 ?

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