How to Reset a Linksys Router

If your Internet suddenly stops working, you should not just pick up your phone and call the Internet Service Provider (ISP) to lodge a complaint. They would probably take ages to figure out the problem and send a guy over to your house, office or shop to resolve the issue. Instead, it would be much better if you try to troubleshoot the problem yourself.

If you have a wireless Internet setup at your place that involves a Linksys router and your Internet connectivity is lost all of a sudden, simply resetting the router may turn out to be all that is required to resolve the issue and get the Internet connectivity back.

Things Required:

– Linksys router
– Computer
– Pointed object such as a pen or pencil


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    The first thing you need to do is to disconnect the router from your computer’s modem. Simply unplug the adapter from the socket to switch the modem off. It is imperative that you turn the modem off before resetting the router in order to prevent an IP conflict between the two devices. However, if you set up a static IP for your modem, router and computer, then there is no need for you to switch off the modem.

  • 2

    Once the modem is switched off, pick up your Linksys router and turn it around to locate the reset button at its back.

  • 3

    You will notice that the reset button is deep inside a hole marked “Reset,” making it quite evident that you will need to use a pointed object to press the button. Grab a pencil and use its pointed tip to press the reset button. Keep it pressed for just about 25-30 seconds.

  • 4

    Observe the lights on the router. They would go out when you reset the device and will come back on within a few seconds. Wait for the power, devices connected and wireless indicator lights to turn stable.

  • 5

    Switch the modem back on and wait for a while as the power, DSL/cable and other necessary lights turn on and become stable.

  • 6

    Once you have reached the router login page, provide the username and password to access the router settings. Reconfigure the settings, filling the empty fields with the required information, and then press “Save” to save the changes made.

  • 7

    Your Internet connectivity would have probably returned by now.

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