How to reset a Linksys router

If you’re having trouble accessing the Internet on your wireless network, it may be necessary to factory reset your Linksys router.

This article will guide you on how to reset your router to factory defaults and change the router’s password.

Reset Linksys router

To perform a reset, perform the following steps-

  1. Ensure the router is ON.

  2. Using a paper clip, press the Reset button.

    Press and hold the reset switch for 10-15 seconds. The power light should start blinking.

  3. Disconnect and reconnect the router’s power adapter.

    Once it fully reboots and you see a steady power light, you can use the default username and password to connect the device.


  • Paperclip

NOTE:  Resetting your router to its default factory settings will also reset your router’s password. The default password is admin and no username.

Although you can access your router’s interface via Wi-Fi, it is better to do it via an Ethernet connection for better security.

The default credentials are:

  • Username: (leave blank)
  • Password: admin

If you are still having problems changing or resetting the router’s administrative password, you may upgrade the router’s firmware. For instructions on how to update or re-flash your router’s firmware, click here.

LinkSys router
LinkSys router

How to reset your Linksys router password without resetting

If you forget the admin password of your router, you might not be able to make any configuration changes to the router. From a wired connection go to and see if you can logon with a blank user ID and admin as the password. If this works look under wireless, go into wireless security settings and you will be able to enter a new passphrase for the wireless connections.

If this fails then you will have to reset the router back to factory defaults.

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