How to Reset Your Linksys Router When You've Lost The Password

by C. Taylor

    If you've locked yourself out of your Linksys router with a forgotten password, your only option is to reset the router. Resetting the router erases all user-configured settings and restores your Linksys router to its default condition, including the password. Your Linksys router can be reset through the administration page, but that option is not available if you can't log in to the router. To protect against that scenario, Linksys also provides a hardware reset method.

    Step 1

    Straighten a paper clip or find a narrow pen.

    Step 2

    Push the paper clip into the rear "Reset" hole and hold it for 30 seconds. Some Linksys routers require only 10 seconds to reset the router. The front lights will blink when you've properly invoked the reset.

    Step 3

    Unplug the power cord and wait for 30 seconds before plugging the router back in. Wait for the router to fully boot back up.


    • After resetting, the Linksys router is accessible using "admin" for the password and leaving the username blank.

    Required Items

    • Paper clip

    About the Author

    C. Taylor has been a professional writer since 2009. He has written for online publications and the "Journal of Asian Martial Arts." Taylor specializes in martial arts, traveling, sciences and computer repair. He received a Master of Science in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences from the College of Charleston.

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