How to Reset the Linksys WRT54GX2

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There are several different reasons you may need to reset the Linksys WRT54GX2 router. The most common reason is because you have forgotten your router's username and password.

There is a lot of confusion between a reset and a reboot. When you reboot a router you cycle the power to the unit. When you reset a router you take all the settings and return them to factory defaults.

Warning: Resetting this router is a big step. Do not take this for granted. I recommend making a list of settings you have changed in the history of the router. I have started this list for you:

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This is the reset router guide for the Linksys WRT54GX2.We also have the following guides for the same router:

Reset the Linksys WRT54GX2

In the image below you can see I have circled the reset button for you in red.

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

While the router is on take a straightened paperclip or similar object and press down on the reset button for about 10 seconds. This starts the reset process.

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 planned.

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

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 WRT54GX2 router.

Login to the Linksys WRT54GX2

After the Linksys WRT54GX2 router has been reset you will need to login to it by using the default login information. This includes the default IP address, password, and username. This information can be found in our Login Guide for the Linksys WRT54GX2 router. Be sure to check it out if you need help logging into your router.

Tip: Unable to login with the defaults? It is possible that the reset button wasn't held down for long enough during the router reset.

Change Your Password

Now that you have successfully logged into your router it is time to change the password from the default to something more secure. Try to make your new password unique, contain no personal information, and have it contain 14-20 characters. If you need help making a password then visit our Choosing a Strong Password guide for some useful advice.

Tip: Worried about losing your password? Try writing it down on a note of some kind and then attach it to the underside of the router.

Setup WiFi on the Linksys WRT54GX2

As you begin to reconfigure the router's settings make sure that you also configure the WiFi settings. This is an important step as it will secure your wireless network. If you need help be sure to follow our WiFi Instructions for the Linksys WRT54GX2 router.

Linksys WRT54GX2 Help

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This is the reset router guide for the Linksys WRT54GX2.We also have the following guides for the same router: