How to Reset a Linksys Router

By Techwalla Internet Editor

One of the most common fixes for Internet connectivity often involves resetting the source of your Internet connection. If you have a DSL or cable Internet connection, you may use a Linksys router to get on the Internet. When you reset a Linksys router, you'll likely solve your connection problem.

Step 1

Turn off the power to your computer's modem. Use the switch on your cable or DSL modem to disable it while you reset the Linksys router.

Step 2

Find the reset button your Linksys router. Most Linksys models have the reset option on the back of the router.

Step 3

Use a pointed pen or pencil to press in the reset button on your Linksys router.

Step 4

Hold down the reset button for approximately 30 seconds.

Step 5

Watch the lights on the front of the router. After you reset the router, power will get restored to the Linksys router. Once power's available, you can switch the modem back on.

Step 6

Reconfigure your router. After you reset your router, you'll have to log in and reconfigure your settings. The login name is typically left empty with your password as "admin."

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also benefit from resetting your router if you forgot the Linksys router's password. Resetting the router will return all original factory settings.
  • Resetting the Linksys router will not solve all connectivity issues. Try changing your network settings as well to see if that fixes the issue.