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How to Reset a Linksys Router in a Few Easy Steps

If your Linksys router is not performing as per your expectations, then resetting it might help. But, you need to follow the right procedure for resetting it so that you do not cause any irreparable damage to the device. We, being the experts that we are, will share with you the right steps to take to reset a Linksys router properly.

Performing a Factory Reset of your Linksys Router

Below are the steps to take to perform a factory reset of your Linksys router.

  • Make sure that your router is powered on

  • Locate the reset button or pinhole at the back of the router

  • You will need a paper clip to insert into the pinhole

  • Press the reset button for 10 to 15 seconds

  • Wait for all the lights to flash and go off

  • Then, release the reset button and wait for the router to begin rebooting

  • You can also disconnect the power cord from the back and reinsert it for an even more thorough reboot process

  • Once the router has rebooted successfully, you can log back in using the default credentials and check to see if it is working properly

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Changing the Wireless Username and Password after You Reset a Linksys Router

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If you need to reset the username and password of your wireless router, there are various steps you can take by accessing the router’s admin panel. 

  • Open your web browser and in the address bar enter the IP address

  • After resetting, the credentials revert to the default ones, so you can leave the username field blank and in the password field enter “admin”

  • Once you are logged in, you need to go to the Administration tab and then go to the Management subpage

  • In this section, you will see the current username and password you are using

  • You can add the new credentials there and once you are done, click on the Save Settings option

How to do a Soft Reset of a Linksys Router

A soft reset is where you do not make any adjustments to the physical router itself but rather go into the admin settings and reset it from there. Below are the steps needed for a soft reset.

  • On the computer that is connected to the router, open the web browser and just like before, enter the IP address in the address bar and press enter

  • Enter your default or the new credentials if any on the login page

  • Once you are logged in, navigate to the Administration tab and click it

  • Locate the option of Factory Defaults and click on that button

  • Then, select the option of Restore Factory Settings

The router will reboot and then once it is back on, the soft reset would be successful. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Your Linksys Router

Is it possible to reset the Linksys router online?

Yes, you can reset the Linksys router from its admin panel. All you need to do is go to its default IP address from the computer that is connected to the router and follow the instructions mentioned above under the soft reset section. 

What can be the reason behind my Linksys router not working?

There can be several reasons why your Linksys router malfunctions. However, to try and resolve the issues, a soft or hard reset can be effective. 

What to do if my router does not connect to the internet after the reset?

In such a situation, you will have to use the default credentials to login and connect to the internet. Also, you can try to connect the router to your PC using an ethernet cable to ensure the wired connection is working or not. 


When you reset a Linksys router, it can fix some basic issues related to connectivity as well as internet speed. We hope that these steps will be able to help you reset your router properly. However, if these steps do not work for you, you can always contact our experts to get help from them.