How to Reset Your Linksys Router to the Original Firmware

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This guide will show you how to reset your Linksys router to the original firmware:

Note: This guide only applies for the Linksys 1200AC1900AC(S), and 3200ACM models. If you are unsure about the model number of your router, see the guide on identifying which Linksys router model you have.

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Resest your Linksys router to original firmware
Reflash router using Linksys UI
Reset router to factory settings


Resest your Linksys router to original firmware

Step 1: Go to www.expressvpnrouter.com using the router’s Wi-Fi connection. On the page, select System and then Backup / Flash Firmware.

system-flash

Step 2: Scroll Down to Flash new firmware image and uncheck the box next to Keep settings.

uncheck keep settings box

Step 3: Click Choose File and upload the original Linksys firmware. You can find the original firmware file by visiting linksys.com and searching for your model name.

click choose file

Step 4: Click Flash image… and then Proceed.

click on flash image

Note: If you are about to sell or give the router away, you are recommended to first flash the router a second time using the Linksys UI and then reset the router to factory defaults to wipe out any custom settings. Instructions for these steps are listed below.

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Reflash router using Linksys UI

Note: The following steps are not necessary unless you plan to give away or sell your router. If you intend to continue using your Linksys router with the original firmware, the steps above are sufficient.

Step 1: While your router is NOT connected to the Internet, go to linksyssmartwifi.com. Check the boxes for “I have read…” and “I want to skip…”, then click Next. You will not see this screen if you have configured your router before.

check-boxes

Step 2: In the “Sign In” screen, enter “admin” then click Sign In.

sign-in

Step 3: In the main “Smart Wi-Fi” screen, click Connectivity.

click-connectivity

Step 4: Click Choose File, select the original Linksys Firmware, and click Start.

choose-file

Step 5: You will see a notification informing you that the firmware update will require a reboot of your router. Click Yes to continue.

click-yes

Step 6: Once the firmware was been successfully installed, click Ok to initiate the router rebooting.

click-ok

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Reset router to factory settings

Note: The following steps are not necessary unless you plan to give away or sell your router. If you intend to continue using your Linksys router with the original firmware, the steps above are sufficient.

Step 1: Visit http://www.linksyssmartwifi.com/

Step 2: Type the password “admin” to log in.

Step 3: Select the Troubleshooting link on the left side.

click on troubleshooting

Step 4: Select the Diagnostics tab.

click on diagnostics

Step 5: Select the Reset link. When you see the warning dialog box, select Yes to proceed.

click on reset

Step 6: Wait about 5 minutes for the router to restart.

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