How to Reset the Linksys BEFDSR41W

Have you tried to login to the Linksys BEFDSR41W router without success? It might be time to consider a reset. This reset is not the same thing as a reboot. When you reboot the router you are only cycling the power to the unit. When you reset the router you take all the previously changed settings and return them all to factory defaults.

Warning: This type of reset is a big step and you need to consider the consequences before you continue. One way to do that is make a list of all the settings you have changed in the past. These will all need to be reconfigured after the reset is complete. Some of the settings will include:

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Reset the Linksys BEFDSR41W

Below is an image of the back panel of the Linksys BEFDSR41W router. I have circled the reset button for you in red.

While the router is on take a straightened paperclip or similar object and press down on the reset button for about 10 seconds. This should begin the reset process. If you don't hold the reset button down for long enough you end up only rebooting the router instead of resetting it like you wanted.

Caution: Do not unplug or turn off the router during the reset process! Doing so could result in irreparable damage to the router.

Please don't forget a reset like this is going to erase every single setting you have ever changed in the past. We strongly encourage you to try other troubleshooting methods before you continue.

Login to the Linksys BEFDSR41W

It is now time to login to the Linksys BEFDSR41W router. To do this properly you need to use the default IP address, username and password. We have this information for you and it is included in our Login Guide for the Linksys BEFDSR41W router.

Tip: If the defaults did not work it is possible you simply rebooted the router instead of resetting it like you intended. Try resetting it again but hold the reset button down for a bit longer this time.

Change Your Password

The next step is to change the password you just used in the previous step. This password protects your router settings and should be strong. If you need help check out our Choosing a Strong Password guide.

Tip: One way to avoid losing this password is to write it down on a piece of paper and attach it to the bottom of the router for next time.


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