Restoring LinkSys factory settings is actually pretty easy. The quickest way is to hold down the reset button for ten seconds. The button is at the rear of the router. In older models, you need to hold the button down for half a minute. Here is the procedure step by step.
Turn your router on. Take out the entire LAN network and computer connections hooked to it.
Move the router so you can find the device’s rear. Find the pinhole button. Press it for ten seconds. If it’s an older model, hold it down for 30 seconds. The router will reboot; shut it down and then turn it on.
After resetting the router, you need to configure it. Because of the reboot, default name settings, SSID, password and security are all reset. You need to configure them again. To get to the access panel, join the router and your computer via an Ethernet cable. Start your web browser. Type 192.168.1.1 in the address bar. Hit the Enter key.
Go into the router control panel. The password is “admin”. The username is blank.
Start configuring the router when you are logged in. Be sure you change the username and password.
Resetting via Web Setup
Turn the router on. Link your computer and the router using an Ethernet cable.
Go to your browser and type 192.168.1.1 at the address bar.
Log in with your username and password.
Choose the “Administration” tab.
At the sub-menu tab, click “Factory Defaults”.
Select “Restore Factory Defaults”. This is below the “Factory Defaults” menu tab. You have succeeded in restoring LinkSys factory settings.
How to Restore the Settings on a Mac
Use Firefox or Google Chrome because Safari has connection problems.
Turn your Mac on and go online.
Connect your computer to an Ethernet cable and to the router.
Open a web browser and type 192.168.1.1 at the address bar.
At the menu prompt, type the username and password. Enter the default values if you didn’t change them.
If you are using Safari and an error message pops up, download the latest version or switch to Firefox.
At the LinkSys setup menu go to the “Administration” menu tab. Choose the “Factory Defaults” menu option.
Choose the “Restore Factory Defaults”. It is under the “Factory Defaults”. After the settings are restored, reconfigure the passwords, username, SSID and other settings.
At the “Administration” menu tab, type the new username and password. Save the settings.
How to Assess Settings
Three components are used for linking devices to a network. They are Security Key, SSID (Network Name) and Wireless Security Mode. Restoring LinkSys factory settings is usually required when a problem affects one of the three components.
Settings can be checked by powering the router and your computer. Type 192.168.1.1 and hit the Enter key. Log in and go to the “Wireless” menu tab. Change to Manual the “Configuration View”. Check the network name being used.
You should also look at the “Passphrase” and “Security Mode”. If you can resolve the problems here, then there would be no need to reset the system. Because the settings are very sensitive, it helps to know what the default configuration is.
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