How to Reset the Linksys WRT160N Wireless-N Router

Learning to reset the Linksys WRT160N wireless-N router is important if you currently change the settings within the administrative pages. The reason it is important is because one wrong setting change could make it difficult to access the Internet or the administrative pages of of the router.

If you need to start over with your router, one solution is to reset your router back to its factory defaults. This means that you return all the settings on the router back to what they were when you first purchased and setup the router. This post will explain the two methods you can use to reset the Linksys WRT160N wireless-n router.

Using the Reset Button

Linksys WRT160N Wireless-N Router


Resetting the router to the factory defaults will delete any changes you have made to the router, including any security settings. This should be used as a last resort.

The first method involves using the reset button that is located at the back of the router. It isn’t hard to reset the router this way, but does require physically being in the same location as the router.

To reset the router using the reset button, use these steps:

  1. Look for the red reset button at the back of the router.
  2. Press and hold the reset button for approximately 5 seconds.

Reset the Router Through the Administrative Pages


If you don’t know the user ID and password to access your router’s administrative pages, then you will need to use the first method to reset your WRT160N router.

The second method involves logging into the administrative pages of your router. This can be done from anywhere that you can connect to your router. While not complex, there are a few more steps than using the reset button.

  1. Log in to the router’s administrative pages.
  2. Click the “Administration” menu option.
  3. Next, click “Factory Defaults” from the sub-menu.
  4. Click the “Restore All Settings” button on the screen.

Regardless of which method you use to reset your router, it is important to secure your router after it has been reset.


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  1. Maputo
    Posted April 9, 2014 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    I tryed every thing + the 30 30 30 reset but the router keeps blinking, what do i do now? please help.

  2. Dallas
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Can I REBOOT the router while in it, remote interface web interface style?
    I see the question asked a few times with the responses being “push the reset button”,which doesn’t answer the question.
    I find that entertaining but-can I REBOOT It through the web?

    • Posted October 17, 2013 at 8:06 am | Permalink

      Hi Dallas,

      It depends on what you mean by reboot. If you push the reset button you will reset the router back to factory default settings – erasing any changes that you have made to the router. This can also be accomplished in the router’s web interface by selecting “Administration” from the top menu and then clicking “Factory Defaults” and then clicking the “Restore All Settings” button.

      If you just want to reboot the router without erasing your changes I am not sure outside of pulling the power cord.

    • Dallas
      Posted October 23, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

      I’m so dumb, I knew I’ve seen it before:
      Administration / diagnostics there’s the reboot “button”.

      • Posted October 24, 2013 at 8:30 am | Permalink

        You don’t need to feel that way. I never knew that button existed – I had to look it up.

  3. Posted March 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    How do you REBOOT (not reset) it remotely. SAVE CHANGES doesn’t reboot it.

  4. Posted June 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Simply press and hold the reset button the router for 30 seconds. Release the reset button and wait for 30 seconds. Power cycle the router and wait for router to turn back on.
    I was working as a technical support executive for more than 5 years and this is how I used to reset Linksys router to factory default settings.

    If the power light on the router is blinking and if it keeps on blinking then your router may be not working anymore.

  5. Perry
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    It’s on the bottom…… Not the back

  6. William Branner
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    If there is a “red button” on the back of the WRT160N I will eat it. Just can’t find one on mine.
    Also, this procedure seems to say that one has to HAVE a password in order to log in to “administratoe pages”, all this because one has LOST their password to begin with. I am confused. Anyone?

    • Posted May 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

      There should at least be a reset button on the back of the router. Just press that button in for about 5 seconds.

      Sometimes people may need to reset the router for other reasons than a lost password – such as changing settings that no longer make the router function properly. This is why there is also the ability to reset the router in the administrative pages.

      The more common reason for resetting the router, however, is because the administrator password is lost, and in that case pressing the reset button is the only way to reset the router.

      • Wallace Houston
        Posted July 31, 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink

        I wanted to know if there is a way from within the interface to REBOOT the computer- not reset it. I want to be able to remote in via browser and reboot. Other routers have and option somewhere to “Discard changes and Reboot” or “Save changes and Reboot”. I’ve found the only way (that I know of) is to actually make a change, change it back, then it seems I get the opportunity to “Save changes and reboot”.

  7. kanari
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    See solution on how to reset Linksys router to default settings here:

  8. James Hutchinson
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    I have this router connected by cable to my desktop, and the interweb works, but the internet and 1st port light keep flashing as long as it has power. I’ve tried every combination of the reset button-pressing, since the address comes up with nothing but a ‘Timed-Out’ page. I have gotten it to work before, but now, basically it seems to not be wireless anymore. Is it ruined?

  9. john murphy
    Posted January 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    I have recently aquired a used Linksys WRT160N wireless router. Do I need to download drivers before installing? If so, from where can I get these Drivers.

    • Posted January 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

      You don’t need drivers to use your router. You simply connect your computer to the router and then adjust the settings from your web browser.

  10. fivenine
    Posted July 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    my router is acting up, it is only allowing one of two computers to connect to it, i want to reset it but was wondering whats the process of setting it up again with an appropriate name and password

  11. Junior
    Posted February 6, 2010 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    Correction the address is

  12. vanessa
    Posted January 29, 2010 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    im sorry, but where can i find the “administrative pages

    • Junior
      Posted February 6, 2010 at 3:50 am | Permalink

      Type to acces your pages. Enter user name and password. If you don’t have one or never created one, leave user name blank and enter admin as the password.

  13. Fernando Alvirez
    Posted November 26, 2009 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Good info! I copied the post but I hope I’ll never need it though.

  14. Posted November 12, 2009 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    I almost did a hard reset to my wireless router last night. I thought I forgot the admin password *phew*

    No brainer to hard reset, just the hassle of setting up everything again is the pain

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