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Trick for restarting Linksys routers

By Julio Franco
Nov 23, 2011
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  1. Although installing a custom firmware to your wireless router opens the door to a number of possibilities, it's understandable if you feel comfortable just plugging in and using the router standard setup if that's working OK for you.

    Linksys routers are known for its reliability and spartan setup. Glaringly missing from their standard set of options is a way to restart the device remotely, something that might become a necessity if you are troubleshooting your network. While the tried and true method of disconnecting the device for 10 seconds and plugging it back will still work, it's easier when you can accomplish that remotely.

    0) As you are likely aware, your router lives in the following IP address (unless you changed it to something else:
    http://192.168.1.1/

    1) There's a hidden file that will let you restart/reboot your router effortlessly:
    http://192.168.1.1/Reset.htm

    2) In case that doesn't work for your specific model, there's an alternative. Go to your router's control panel. Then on the main menu select Administration > Config Management (shortcut: http://192.168.1.1/bkconfig.htm)

    From this screen, backup your current router configuration to a file. Subsequently, restore the configuration you just saved by browsing the file and restoring it, effectively restarting your router. It might take a couple of minutes to reboot in this way but should be a safe method nonetheless.
  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,620   +82

    Good catch! Thanks.. I'll add that code to my web server extra-net web site.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,367   +302

    and with that open disclosure, you're dead meat unless you take steps to
    a) disable remote management on port 8080
    b) change the default admin password (and possibly the router address too)​
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,620   +82

    Joe,

    Seems more meant for home usage than remote usage though!
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,367   +302

    but of course. however, every resource internal to the router is also accessible remotely unless the user takes steps to disable remote access.


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