To reset a Linksys router, first access the router's web portal. From the web portal, set the router back to factory defaults using the Administration tab. Reset your password once you have reset the router.
- Access your router in a web browser
Open up your web browser and enter the default router IP address into the address bar at the top of the browser. The default IP address for a Linksys router is 192.168.1.1. When prompted, enter your current username and password.
- Access the administration panel
At the top of the web page, click the tab labeled Administration. A second row of navigation options appears.
- Reset the router to factory defaults
Click the sub-menu item labeled Factory Defaults. Then, click the button labeled Restore Factory Defaults. The router is reset.
- Change your password
Click the Administration tab again. Then, click the Management link in the sub-menu. Enter and re-enter your new password. Click Save Settings to save your password.
- Perform a hard reset
If you forgot your old password or the previous steps were unsuccessful in resetting your router, perform a hard reset. Locate the Reset button on your router, which is typically found on the back of the Linksys router. Using a pin or other pointy object, press and hold the Reset button for at least 10 seconds. The Power light blinks when the router is being reset.