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Title: Resetting your router and changing the router admin password

Article ID: 19584


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

Resetting the Linksys router to factory defaults
Resetting the router using the web-based setup page
Changing the router's password

Resetting the Linksys router to factory defaults

If you can't access the router's web-based setup page or forgot the router's password, you may reset the router to its default factory settings.  To do this, press and hold the Reset button for 10 seconds.
 
NOTE:  Resetting your router to its default factory settings will also reset your router's password.  The router's default password is “admin” as for the username, just leave the field blank.

IMPORTANT:  Make sure that the Power LED of the router is blinking when you press the Reset button.  This indicates that the router is being reset properly.

NOTE:  The location of the Reset button may vary for every model.  Older Linksys devices may require pressing and holding the Reset button for 30 seconds to complete the reset process.

 

After pressing the Reset button, unplug and re-plug the router’s power adapter.

NOTE:  The Power LED of the router will keep on blinking for a few seconds after resetting as it is still trying to stabilize.  However, if the Power light still isn’t solid after a minute, powercycle the router.  For further steps on how to resolve this issue, click here.

Resetting the router using the web-based setup page

Step 1:
Access the router's web-based setup page.  To learn how, click here.

NOTE:  To learn how to access the web-based setup page on a Mac® computer, click here.

Step 2:
Click the Administration tab then click on the Factory Defaults sub-tab.

 

Step 3:
Under the Factory Defaults section, click on the Restore Factory Defaults button.

 

After resetting the router to its default settings, reconfigure it according to your Internet service.  To learn how to reconfigure the Linksys router for Cable Internet connection, click here.  If you have DSL connection, click here.

NOTE:  The Power LED of the router will keep on blinking for a few seconds after resetting as it is still trying to stabilize.  However, if the Power light still isn’t solid after a minute, powercycle the router.  For further steps on how to resolve this issue, click here.

Changing the router's password

The router's default Password is “admin”, as for the User name, you can leave the field blank.  For security purposes, it is recommended to change the default password.

QUICK TIP:  Changing the router’s password through the web-based setup page may prevent you from using the Linksys Connect software.  However, if you have installed the latest version of the software, it will automatically prompt to enter the new password that you saved in the web-based setup page.  To learn how to change the wireless network name and password using Linksys Connect, click here.

Step 1:
Access the router's web-based setup page.  To learn how, click here.

NOTE:  To learn how to access the web-based setup page on a Mac® computer, click here.

Step 2:
Click the Administration tab.

 

NOTE:  The image may vary depending on the model number of the Linksys router.

Step 3:
Under the Management section, enter the new password in the Router Password and Re-Enter to Confirm fields.

 

NOTE:  You may use a combination of letters and numbers for your router password.  Make sure that you take note of your router password so that you may have a back-up in case you forget it.

Step 4:
Click Save Settings.

IMPORTANT:  All the computers that are connected to the network will be using the new password when logging in to the router’s web-based setup page.

The router’s administrator User name and Password are different from the wireless network name (SSID) and passphrase of your wireless network.  If you want to know how to check the security settings of your network, click here.

If you are still having problems changing or resetting the router’s administrative password, you may upgrade the router’s firmware.  After performing the upgrade, go through the Resetting the Linksys router to factory defaults section again of this article.  For instructions on how to update or re-flash your router’s firmware, click here.


Related Articles:

Checking the Linksys router’s wireless settings
How to launch Linksys Connect on your Windows or Mac® computer

 

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