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Title: How to reboot and reset the router to factory settings using Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account

Article ID: 25829


Reboot turns your router OFF and then ON.  When rebooting, all the devices that are connected to your router will be disconnected but will automatically reconnect once the reboot process is finished. Factory reset, on the other hand, sets the router back to default settings and will allow us to reconfigure it from scratch and create new settings based on our network setup.

NOTE:  These options are only available if you are locally connected to your home router.

Why does rebooting and resetting the router important?
It is important to reset or reboot the router to fix some bugs like unable to access the Internet after setting up the device or if the computer cannot get a valid IP address from the DHCP server.

To reboot and reset your router using Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account, follow the steps below:

i.  Reboot the router
ii. Reset to factory default settings

Reboot the router

Step 1:
Launch a web browser and access your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account. To learn how, click here.

Step 2:
On the navigation pane, under Router Settings, click Troubleshooting.

 

Step 3:
Click the Diagnostics tab.

 

Step 4:
Click Reboot.

 

Step 5:
On the Important popup box, click Yes.

 

NOTE:   Observe the Power light on the router when rebooting.  It should blink or flash as an indication that the router is going through the process.  Wait for few minutes to finish the process.

Step 6:
Click Ok.

Reset to factory default settings

There are instances wherein we need to reset the router as part of the troubleshooting process when we encounter issues with the router or when there’s a need to change its settings.

NOTE:  All configuration that has been made on the router will be erased after resetting.  If you want to restore those settings without the hassle of reconfiguring the router, you have to create a configuration backup.  To learn how, click here.

Step 1:
Launch a web browser and access your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account.  To learn how, click here.

Step 2:
On the navigation pane, under Router Settings click Troubleshooting.

 

Step 3:
Click the Diagnostics tab.

 

Step 4:
Click Reset.

Step 5:
On the Important popup box, click Yes.

 

NOTE:  The Power light on the router should be blinking or flashing as an indication that the router is resetting.

Step 6:
On the Router Reboot pop box, click Ok.

Step 7:
You will then be redirected to the page The router is not set up.  Tick the box that says, I understand that my network is currently open and not secure.  I would like to use Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account to configure my router’s security settings then click Continue.

After resetting, the router is now ready for reconfiguration using Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account.  For more information on setting up the Linksys router using Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account, click the links below:

Setting up your Linksys router with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account
Setting up your Linksys router with a Static IP account through Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account
Setting up your Linksys router with Cable Internet service using Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account

 

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