How to Reset the Linksys WRT54GX4

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In this guide I show you how to reset your Linksys WRT54GX4 router back to the original factory defaults.

Before we begin, you need to know the difference between a reset and a reboot. These two terms are confused a lot. A reboot is a cycle in the power to the unit only. No settings are changed in a reboot. A reset takes all the settings you have changed in the past and reverts them back to factory defaults.

Warning: Settings that will change as a result of this reset are:

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This is the reset router guide for the Linksys WRT54GX4.We also have the following guides for the same router:

Reset the Linksys WRT54GX4

As you can see from the image below the reset button is on the sidepanel of the device. This reset button is more of a pinhole to avoid accidental resets.

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This is the reset page from your Linksys router.

To reset the Linksys WRT54GX4 router simply take a straightened paperclip or similar object and press down on the reset button/pinhole for about 5 seconds. This begins the reset process which can sometimes take a minute or two to complete.

Note: Do not turn off the router or unplug it during the reset process. Doing so can cause permanent damage to the device.

Remember a reset like this one is erasing every single setting you have ever changed in the lifetime of the device.

Login to the Linksys WRT54GX4

Following the reset you will need to login to your Linksys WRT54GX4 router. To do this you will be required to use the default IP address, username, and password. Not sure what these are? You can find all the information you need to login to your router in our Linksys WRT54GX4 Login Guide.

Tip: If you can't login with the defaults then the router might have not been properly reset. Try resetting it again but this time hold down the reset button for a little longer to make sure that it properly resets.

Change Your Password

After you login to the Linksys WRT54GX4 router you should consider changing the password as soon as possible. Default passwords are easy to guess which makes them not very secure. Not sure where you get started with making a password? Visit our Choosing a Strong Password for some useful advice.

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

Setup WiFi on the Linksys WRT54GX4

Finally it is time to secure your wireless network. To accomplish this you will need to configure the router's WiFi settings. If you need help with this process then follow our WiFi Instructions for the Linksys WRT54GX4 router.

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This is the reset router guide for the Linksys WRT54GX4.We also have the following guides for the same router: