How to Reset the Linksys E4200 Wireless Router

There may be times when you may need to reset the Linksys E4200 wireless router back to factory defaults. You may need to do this if there is a problem with the router, or you forget the administrative password needed to access the router’s setup pages.

Once you have reset the Linksys E4200 wireless router, it is important that you take the time to secure the Linksys E4200 wireless router. The reason for this is because once the router is reset, it is no longer secured. There are two methods to reset the router, and both are explained below.

How to Reset the Linksys E4200 Wireless Router

The Two Methods to Reset the Linksys E4200 Wireless Router

There are two methods that you can use to reset your wireless router. The first method requires physical access to the router to press the reset button. The second method requires you to login to the router’s administrative web pages.

The steps to use both methods are as follows:

Reset the Wireless Router Using the Reset Button

  1. Turn the router upside down.
  2. On the bottom, press and hold the reset button for 5-10 seconds.

Reset the Linksys E4200 Wireless Router Using the Browser-Based Utility

The second method involes actually logging into the router’s administrative pages. Obviously, if you forgot the router’s password, you will need to use the first method to reset the router.

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to, or whatever the IP address of your router.
  2. Enter the user name and password for the router.
  3. Select “Administration” from the top menu, and then select “Factory Defaults” from the submenu.
  4. Click the “Restore Factory Defaults” button.
  5. In the popup message window, click the “OK” button.

The post explained two methods that you can use to reset your wireless router. Once the router has been reset, it is important to ensure you take the necessary steps to secure the router once you reset the Linksys E4200 wireless router.


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  1. Pamela
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    I have tried all of the above I can not get the password right. I changed from a E2400 to a E4200 nothing is working

  2. Shaun Hibbert
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    This is exactly what I need because I honestly don’t know how to reset the linksys e4200 wireless router, It is very difficult to me. This is very helpful and useful as well. Thanks!

    • Posted November 29, 2011 at 8:43 am | Permalink

      You’re welcome. I’m glad you found this post helpful to you.

  3. Olivier Robinson
    Posted October 21, 2011 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    Hi there, my e4200 is fast blinking (so it is in some kind of error status) and none of the above can reset it. It looks like it doesn’t even emit any wifi signal. Can anybody help please?

  4. Ron
    Posted August 8, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    I think that these methods are really great help. I really need to restart my router and I’m afraid to do the restarting. I’m afraid that I might damage the router if I don’t do it correctly. Thanks for your post.

  5. Andrew Walker
    Posted August 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Hi there. Thanks for sharing this. Actually, i usually reset my router by unplug the power cable then plug it again. LOL

    • Posted August 4, 2011 at 8:32 am | Permalink

      Unplugging the router will reset it, but it won’t change the router’s settings back to the factory defaults, which is what the reset button will do.

  6. Clark Minn
    Posted August 1, 2011 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    This is what I really need…I am glad you shared it…Thanks!!

  7. TrafficColeman
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Most routers have a button on the bottom of them that allows you to reset them with easy.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

    • Posted July 29, 2011 at 10:13 am | Permalink

      Most routers do have a physical reset button to help reset the router to solve issues. If the button isn’t located on the bottom, it is on the back near the network ports.

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