How to Reset Your Linksys Router When You've Lost The Password

You've lost the password that you set up for your Linksys router and no one remembers it. If you reset the router to its factory default, you should be able to log in to your Linksys account with the factory default password. Once in your account settings, you can change your password to something more personalized.

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Reset your wireless router to change your password.

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Find the reset button on your Linksys wireless router; it's usually located on the back of the router and is a little hole with a circle inside.

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Get a paper clip or pen and hold down the reset button for at least 30 seconds. This should reset your wireless router to its out-of-box factory-issued state.

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Open up a Web browser window and input "http://192.168.1.1" (no quotes) in the address bar and hit "Enter." This should bring you to the router admin user interface.

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Enter the default password "admin" (no quotes) in the password field under the default user name, which should also be "admin." From there you should be brought to a basic setup window.

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Find the tab that says "Wireless" and click on it. From there, change your network name from "admin" to something that identifies your personal network.

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Locate the wireless security option under the wireless tab and click on that. This should bring you to a screen that allows you to select your encryption type and change your password. Chose the encryption type WPA2 and type, then retype you chosen password. Write your password down and keep it safe somewhere. Save your settings.

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Reconnect to your network by clicking on the little monitor icon on your task bar.

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Click on your named network and enter your new password to connect to the Internet.