How to Reset the Linksys WRT54GS

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On this page I will be showing you how to properly reset the Linksys WRT54GS router back to factory defaults. It is important that you know this is not the same thing as a reboot. When you reboot a router you cycle the power to the device. When you reset the router you take all the settings and return them to how they were from the factory. A reset erases all your personal changes you have made to the device.

Warning: A reset erases all your personal settings. I recommend making a list of all the settings you have changed in the past. These settings could include:

  • The router's main username and password.
  • The WiFi username and password used to protect your network.
  • Are you resetting a DSL router? You might need to re-enter the Internet Service Provider (ISP) username and password. If you don't know these values call your service provider.
  • What other settings have you changed? Don't forget settings such as port forwards or IP addresses.

Other Linksys WRT54GS Guides

This is the reset router guide for the Linksys WRT54GS. We also have the following guides for the same router:

Reset the Linksys WRT54GS

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Below is an image of the back panel of the Linksys WRT54GS router. Notice that this reset button is recessed to avoid accidental resets.

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This is the reset page from your Linksys WRT54GS router.

While the router is plugged in and powered on take a sharp object and press down on the reset button for about 10 seconds. If you don't hold the reset button down for the full 10 seconds 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. Doing so can cause permanent damage to the device.

Finally 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 WRT54GS router.

Login to the Linksys WRT54GS

Following the reset you will need to login to your Linksys WRT54GS router by using the default login information. This information includes the default IP address, password, and username. If you don't know what these are or need help logging into your router be sure to check out our Login Guide for the Linksys WRT54GS router.

Tip: Defaults not working? The reset button might have not been held down for long enough during the router reset.

Change Your Password

Once you have successfully logged into your Linksys WRT54GS router you should consider changing the password as soon as possible. Defaults passwords are easy to guess which makes them bad passwords. Not sure whats needed in a secure password? Visit 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 WRT54GS

Now it is time to secure your wireless network. To do this you will need to configure the router's WiFi settings. Be sure to follow our WiFi Instructions for the Linksys WRT54GS router to get this important step done easily.

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Linksys WRT54GS Help

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This is the reset router guide for the Linksys WRT54GS. We also have the following guides for the same router: