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How to Reset Linksys Router

Though not recommended there are many instances where you may need to reset the network devices on the home network. For example, if you forgot the current router login password, you would not be able to access the configuration page. Linksys router does not come with a password recovery wizard, and the only way to claim access to the setup page is by resetting the current password.

Another reason is to fix connectivity issues due to the faulty configuration, and you are unable to find the exact wrong setting made.

Linksys router comes with a reset button, and it is very much needed if you want to reset the current configuration. In that case, you may need to reset the router to factory default and start it from scratch.

Why Should I Reset Linksys Router

  • Forgot log in password

  • To recover from faulty configuration

  • Part of the firmware upgrading process


Steps to Reset Linksys Wireless Router

  1. Hold the Reset button for 30 seconds by using a pen tip. You can find the reset button on the rear side of the Linksys router.

  2. Make sure Power button, the Internet button, and WLAN button are blinking

  3. After 30 seconds release pen tip from the reset button and wait till all three lights are steady

To learn more about different methods to reset a device, follow the instructions provided in the link below. If you do not know where to find the reset button on a Linksys device, you may have a look at the photos provided below.
How to Reset a Modem

Reset Different Linksys Router Models

  1. Where is the Reset Button on WRT1900ACS Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router

    At the back panel of WRT1900ACS Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router, you can see the reset button. Have a look at the image below.

  2. Reset Linksys Wi-Fi E2500 Dual-Band N Router

    On the rear side of Linksys Wi-Fi E2500 Dual-Band N Router, there is a reset button. You need to follow the same instructions provided above.

  3. Reset Linksys EA8300 Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router

    Look at the rear side of Linksys EA8300 Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router. You can see a reset button. You need to hold there using a pencil tip for one minute and make sure the lights are blinking.

  4. Reset Linksys EA8500 Max-Stream™ AC2600 MU-MIMO Smart Wi-Fi Router

    You can see the reset button near the power port on EA8500 Max-Stream™ AC2600 MU-MIMO Smart Wi-Fi Router.

    The above image will help you find the reset button on EA8500 Max-Stream™ AC2600 MU-MIMO Smart Wi-Fi Router.

  5. WRT32X Dual-Band Gaming Router

    If you do not know how to reset Linksys WRT32X Dual-Band Gaming Router Designed for Xbox, look at the image below.
    You need to press the button on the Linksys WRT32X Dual-Band Gaming Router with a pencil clip for 30 seconds. Make sure the lights on WRT32X Dual-Band Gaming Router are blinking.

  6. How to Reset Linksys E900 N300 Wi-Fi Router

    You may check the rear panel of E900 N300 Wi-Fi Router.

  7. Reset EA6500 AC1750 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router

    Look at the image below. You can see the reset button on the back panel of Linksys EA6500 AC1750 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router.

  8. How to Reset EA6100 AC1200 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router

    To reset EA6100 AC1200 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router, you need to hold the reset button for 20 seconds with a paper clip.

  9. How to Reset Linksys WRT54GL WiFi Router

    In order to reset WRT54GL, you need to press the reset button on the back panel. Have a look at the position of reset button on WRT54GL.

  10. How to Reset Linksys EA5800 AC1000 Dual-Band WiFi Router

    The location of reset button on Linksys EA5800 AC1000 Dual-Band WiFi Router is at the bottom. Have a look at the screenshot given below.

    Location of reset button on Linksys EA5800 AC1000 Dual-Band WiFi Router is marked with a yellow arrow.

After resetting your Linksys router, you need to reconfigure it. It is because while resetting the previous configuration saved will be removed. So to reconfigure it, follow the instructions provided in the link below.
How to Setup Linksys Wireless Devices

Recovering Lost Linksys Router Password
While I was working as a network support engineer for SOHO department, I had received many queries related to the recovery of Linksys router passwords. The real problem with Linksys router is that if we lost the custom password set, there is no way to recover it.

The only option remains is to reset the device and reconfigure it from the beginning. If you have lost the login password of your Linksys router, I suggest you follow the instructions provided in the link below.
I Lost Router Login Password

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  2. Port Forwarding on Nokia Siemens Residential

One of the common troubles users see after resetting a Linksys router is the problem with playing online games and the working of Internet programs. It is because the previously opened ports are again blocked. To fix it, we need to open the same ports again. The following link leads to the steps to port forwarding.
How to Open Ports on Linksys Firewall

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