How to Reset the Linksys WRT54GS

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On this page we explain how to properly reset the Linksys WRT54GSv4 Gargoyle router back to factory defaults.

A reset like this one is not the same thing as a reboot. When you reboot a router you cycle the power to the unit. When you reset a router you are taking all the settings you have changed in the past and returning them to factory defaults. This means every single setting you have ever changed in the past is erased.

Warning: Resetting this router is a big step and should not be taken lightly. I strongly recommend trying other troubleshooting methods first. Then make up a list of all the settings you may of changed in the past. These settings are include:

Other Linksys WRT54GS Guides

This is the reset router guide for the Linksys WRT54GS v4 Gargoyle.We also have the following guides for the same router:

Reset the Linksys WRT54GS

Look in the image below to see the reset button. I have circled the reset button for you in red.

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This is the reset page from your Linksys router.

While the router is on take a straightened paperclip and press down on the reset button for about 10 seconds. This begins the reset process which sometimes takes several minutes to complete.

If you don't hold the reset button down long enough you might end up only rebooting the router instead of resetting it like you planned.

Warning: DO NOT unplug or turn off the router during the reset process. Doing so can cause permanent damage to the device.

Remember the reset is erasing every single setting you have ever changed in the past. I strongly recommend trying other measures to fix your problem before you decide to reset the router.

Login to the Linksys WRT54GS

Now that the Linksys WRT54GSv4 Gargoyle router has been reset it is time to login to it. To accomplish this you will be required to use the default login information. If you don't know what it is you can find this information in our Login Guide for the Linksys WRT54GSv4 Gargoyle router.

Tip: If you are unable to login with the defaults then it is possible that the router was not properly reset. Try resetting it again but this time hold down the reset button for a little longer.

Change Your Password

After you login to your Linksys WRT54GSv4 Gargoyle route you should consider changing the password from the default as soon as possible. Default passwords are easy to guess which makes them terrible passwords. Need help making a password? Visit our Choosing a Strong Password for some useful advice.

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

Setup WiFi on the Linksys WRT54GSv4 Gargoyle

As you begin reconfiguring the router's settings make sure that you also configure the WiFi settings. By doing this you will be securing your wireless network. For an easy to follow guide on this process check out our WiFi Instructions for the Linksys WRT54GSv4 Gargoyle router.

Linksys WRT54GS Help

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This is the reset router guide for the Linksys WRT54GS v4 Gargoyle.We also have the following guides for the same router: