Linksys WRT54G is definitely a legend. The router has been around in the market for over a decade and has continued to become one of the preferred choices among network IT specialists and average customers alike because of its durability and its unbeatable network coverage. On a side note, many will find the installation wizard and the 100-plus manual instruction overwhelming and not user-friendly though. A few years back, when I was not quite familiar with setting up a home network, I recalled having to re-run the installation wizard and re-read the manual at least two times before getting a grasp on how to configure the router. The simple task of creating an access point or fixing connection problem can be a pain in the ass if you don’t have previous experience setting up a wireless router.
The router has few hidden treasures in its manual and if you’re lazy or don’t have the time to read all the instruction in the manual you will miss some key troubleshooting information such as how to reset it remotely.
How to Reset Linksys WRT54G Remotely
One of the things you need to do when using a router during its lifetime (for reasons like fixing Linksys connection problem or forgot your username and password ) is perform a reset, either soft reset or hard one, like what I encountered a while ago.
We’re connected to the internet in a corporate network via two WRT54G routers and for an unknown reason I had a connection problem and I wanted to have access to the router to reset it. For security reasons the router was kept in locked room housing servers and routers and on that fateful day, I forgot where I kept the key !! It was very frustrating because we needed to restore the internet connection as soon as possible. After spending few minutes reading the manual then I came across an instruction on how to reset the router remotely.
This was something I was not aware of before. It turned out the router can be customized and configured allowing users connected to the router to reset Linksys WRT54G remotely from any computer on the network.
To cut the story short this what I did to soft reset the router using a hidden reboot page:
Open your browser and log in to the web admin page of your router from any computers that are connected to your network. The default IP address of the router or gateway is http://192.168.1.1. Login to the admin page by entering your router username and password. The default username and password is admin and admin. Unless you have changed the default username and password you should be able to access the admin page and will be prompted with the following admin configuration page:
If you have configured the router to use the https protocol previously instead of the http, you will need to type https://192.168.1.1. You won’t be able to login into the admin page if you don’t use the correct protocol. Because of little mishap some folks are unable to login to the Linksys admin page.
Type the following address on your browser : http://192.168.1.1/Reset.htm
Follow the next instruction in the dialog box that appears to reset it to the factory settings
Note: these steps apply to the WRT54G running on Firmware v1.00, for other types of router or routers running old firmware you may have to consult your Linksys support.