How to Reset the Linksys WRT310N

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On this page I will be showing you how to correctly reset the Linksys WRT310N router back to the original factory defaults.

There is a lot of confusion between a reset and a reboot. Router manufacturers use the term reset to mean both a reset to factory defaults and a reboot. To reboot simply means to cycle the power to the unit. To reset means to take your current settings and revert them back to how they were from the factory.

Warning: Resetting the router is a big step and should not be taken lightly. All your personal data is lost in a reset. Before you reset the Linksys WRT310N router I recommend making a list of all the settings you have changed in the past. This includes settings like:

  • The router's main username and password. These are used to access the routers setup pages.
  • The WiFi settings such as the network name and Internet password.
  • Are you resetting a DSL router? If you do you are you need to re-enter the ISP (Internet Service Provider) username and password. If you don't know what these are you should call your local Internet provider.
  • Write down any other settings you can think of. These could include anything from IP addresses to port forwards or parental controls.

Other Linksys WRT310N Guides

This is the reset router guide for the Linksys WRT310N. We also have the following guides for the same router:

Reset the Linksys WRT310N

In the image below I have circled the reset button for you. This reset button is tiny and actually recessed. This is to avoid accidentally resetting the router.

router reset factory settings
This is the reset page from your Linksys WRT310N router.

First of all, the router needs to be plugged in and turned on in order for a reset to work.

Then, take a sharp object such as a straightened paperclip or pen and press down on the reset button for about 10 seconds. This starts the reset process. If you don't hold the button down for long enough you may end up only rebooting the router instead of resetting it like you wanted.

Warning: DO NOT unplug or turn off the router during this process. Stopping a reset midway by unplugging it or turning it off can cause permanent damage to the device.

I strongly recommend trying other methods of troubleshooting first. This reset erases every personal setting you have ever changed in the past.

Login to the Linksys WRT310N

Once the Linksys WRT310N router has been reset you will have to login to it by using the default login information. If you are unsure of what this is you can find all the information you need in our Login Guide for the Linksys WRT310N router.

Tip: If you are unable to login with the defaults then you might have not held down the reset button for long enough during the router reset.

Change Your Password

Now that you have successfully logged into your router you should change the password from the default. Default passwords are easy to guess so they should be replaced as soon as possible. If you aren't sure how to make a secure password then check out our Choosing a Strong Password guide to get started.

Tip: Avoid losing your password by writing it down on a piece of paper and attaching it to the underside of the router.

Setup WiFi on the Linksys WRT310N

Finally it is time to secure your wireless network. To do this you will need to configure the router's WiFi settings. Not sure how to get started? Follow our Linksys WRT310N WiFi Instructions to get this important step done easily.

Linksys WRT310N Help

Be sure to check out our other Linksys WRT310N info that you might be interested in.

This is the reset router guide for the Linksys WRT310N. We also have the following guides for the same router: