Reset And Reboot

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This page is an attempt to clarify the different resets and reboots.

Hard Reset

A hard reset sets the router back to the firmware's defaults, thus it will clear all the settings you have configured in the router. Here are some of the different ways that users are doing hard resets.

  • (1) The standard description of a hard reset is to press and hold the reset button, usually located on the back of the router, for 30 seconds, with the router powered on.
  • (2) One way of seeing what's happening while holding in the power button is to leave a network cable plugged in to your computer and the router, then watch the screen on your computer. After the network has lost a connection for the second time, the router should be reset.
  • (3) Some users have put their bricked or non-responsive router in the freezer for a while, then did a hard reset while cold, which then unbricked their router.
  • (4) As one user posted in the forum:
to do a "hard reset for anyone not knowing OP or otherwise, simply unplug the linksys router, hold the red button in the back for 30 seconds while still holding it in plugin the power again and keep holding the reset button for an additional 10-20 seconds. This will wipe the nvram out). Keep in mind with hard resets the linksys routers can be touchy I had to do it three times till it fully cleared out the nvram on mine"

Cold Reboot

A cold reboot does not clear the nvram or set the router back to factory/firmware defaults. A cold reboot can be achieved 4 different ways. All three ways accomplish the same thing.

  • (1) Unplug the power cord from the router and plug it back in.
  • (2) Press the reset button for less than 5 seconds.
  • (3) Click on the "Reboot Router" button inside the Web Interface. "Administration" > "Management"
  • (4) Run a reboot command from Telnet, SSH, or the command box in the Web Interface.

Power Cycling

Some users refer to "power cycling" a router. Power cycling is simply unplugging the router for about 15 seconds and then plugging the router back in. Some users claim to get different results by leaving the router "unplugged for a while". Other users talk about plugging the router back in while holding in the reset button. I'm hoping one of the developers can help clear up the confusion about what really happens and all the different ways that one might reboot, reset, or power cycle a router.