The Internet is out. Connectivity is slow. You forgot your password. At times like these, reset your router. Wireless Linksys routers can be reset in one of three ways. You can enter a bunch of mystical code words like "config-register 0x2102" in a command line interface on a computer. You can peck around inside the router setup software---also on a computer. Or, if you prefer the "work smarter, not harder" approach to life and networking, you can reset the router manually.
Connect the router to the power supply. If it is already plugged in, leave it alone.
Turn the router so the back faces you.
Find the reset button. It is embedded into the back of the router and is just big enough to poke with the end of an unfolded paper clip.
Poke the reset button with the end of an unfolded paper clip and hold it all the way in for 30 seconds. The power light should blink continuously, indicating the router is resetting.
Disconnect the router from the power supply for 30 seconds.
Reconnect the router to the power supply and wait for the router to come back online.
- For greater control, you can reset a wireless Linksys router through the router setup software with relative ease. See the Resources section.
- You may wish to make a backup of your router's settings before resetting it. See the Resources section.