How to Reset the Linksys WRT54GH

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Here on this page I will describe how to properly reset the Linksys WRT54GH router back to factory defaults. There is a lot of confusion between a reset and a reboot. When you reset a router you are taking all the settings and reverting every one of them back to factory defaults. When you reboot a router you simply cycle the power to the unit. Absolutely no settings are changed in a reboot.

Warning: Please understand that this guide is about resetting a router. All your personal data is lost in a reset. A reset should only be done after you have exhausted your other options. It is also a good idea to create a list of all the settings you have changed in the past. I started this list for you. Make sure to add to it any other settings you have changed in the past.

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Reset the Linksys WRT54GH

On the image below I have circled the reset button for you in red. Please note that the reset button is on the side-panel.

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

While the router is plugged in and powered on take a straightened paperclip and press down on the reset button for about 10 seconds. This begins the reset process. Don't worry if this takes several minutes to complete, that's perfectly normal. If you don't hold the reset button down for long enough you might end up only rebooting the router instead of resetting it like you wanted.

Warning: DO NOT unplug or turn off the router during the reset process. If you do you could cause permanent damage to the device.

It's important to remember this reset erases every single setting you have ever changed in the past. I strongly recommend trying other methods of troubleshooting before you decide to reset the Linksys WRT54GH router.

Login to the Linksys WRT54GH

After the reset you will need to login to your Linksys WRT54GH router. To do this you will be required to use the default login information. This includes the default IP address, password, and username. You can find this information in our Login Guide for the Linksys WRT54GH router.

Tip: If the defaults aren't working then you might have not held down the reset button for long enough during the router reset.

Change Your Password

Make sure that you secure your Linksys WRT54GH router by changing the password from the default to something secure. Try to make your new password unique, be 14-20 characters long, and have it contain no personal information. Visit our Choosing a Strong Password guide if you need additional advice on making a password.

Tip: Want to keep from losing your password? Try writing it down on some paper and attach it to the bottom of the router.

Setup WiFi on the Linksys WRT54GH

As you begin to reconfigure the router's settings make sure that you also configure the WiFi settings. By doing this you will be securing your wireless network. Follow our Linksys WRT54GH WiFi Instructions if you need any help with this important step.

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This is the reset router guide for the Linksys WRT54GH.We also have the following guides for the same router: