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How to reset Linksys router settings

I have a cable modem connected to a Linksys wireless router connected via ethernet cable to a PC and wirelessly to another PC. The latter connection has not been established but is the intention. I did not set up the router. I know I can find the router settings at 192.168.1.1 from the wire connection PC. My question is how can I CHANGE the router settings, not just find out what they are. The setting I am most likely to want to change is the Web Encryption. If not set to Disabled, I may want to reset it to disabled without changing any other router settings. The router is a 2.4 Ghz Wireless-G model. I do not have the exact model number and need an answer without supplying that information if possible.

I believe, per phone call to Linksys, that pushing the button on the back of the router will reset Web encryption to disabled but that will reset ALL the settings, not just Web Encryption. Assume I have the router admin account name and password.
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lrmooreCommented:
>I do not have the exact model number and need an answer without supplying that information if possible.
That's going to be very difficult because almost every model has a slightly different interface. If you're not close enough to even look at the router to tell us the the model number, how can you be close enough to change the settings? Why are you being so vague?

>My question is how can I CHANGE the router settings
Each web page has a series of blanks, text, drop-lists, checkboxes, etc. Changing any of these "changes the router settings"

>The setting I am most likely to want to change is the Web Encryption
I believe that -- from reading your previous question http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Q_21387284.html -- you want to change the WEP encryption for the wireless settings. Since the 'random Dell laptop' can connect wirelessly, but the desktop cannot, it appears that the laptop may be setup for generic "connect to anything" and the desktop is setup to use WEP encryption?
You really need to understand what you are trying to do, and convey that to us so that we can help you.
If you want to make the wireless PC and the router "match" their settings, then what are the settings on the PC that you want to set on the router to match?
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pseudocyberCommented:
You are correct.  If you push the little button, it will factory default the router.

However, if you don't have the Admin account (if it has one) and the password, you cannot get into the router without brute force guessing the account and password or factory defaulting it.

So, it sound slike the best thing is to default it.  It's very easy to set up - especially with our help - if that's what you're afraid of.
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pseudocyberCommented:
Dang it lrmoore ... ;)
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mgross333Author Commented:
Thanks for both your quick replies.

To Expert Irmoore
Regarding
> If you're not close enough to even look at the router to tell us the the model number, how can you be close enough to change the settings?
I go to people's homes and fix their PCs. I'm going there later today and did not record the model number on my previous  visit. This is NOT my own PC.

You have also misunderstood my question. I don't need to know the exact mouse clicks, just whether going to 192.168.1.1 from the wired PC and entering admin name and password will allow me to change the settings versus just allowing me to see the current settings. In other words, do I have read access or read and write access to the settings?

Regarding what I am trying to achieve: I may need a Linksys Expander to allow the PC with the wireless Linksys PCI adapter to connect with the router. Because in it's final position the wireless PC will be some distance from the router. (Note the Dell Laptop worked one floor up from the router but not two floors up where the wireless PC will finally be located. And the Expander is a LOT easier to set-up if I just configure it by pushing the button on the back (turning off Web encryption) than if encryption is desired to be on. So if the Wireless PC connects from the 2nd floor, I don't care if Web encryption is on or off. If it does not and I need to set up the Expander on the first floor, then I will want to turn WEB encryption off (and preferably no other changes) on BOTH the wireless PC and the router to make the Expander setup simple and transparent.

To Expert pseudocyber regarding
>  if you don't have the Admin account (if it has one) and the password, you cannot get into the router.....
My question said exactly "Assume I have the router admin account name and password"

Regards,
  Mike


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lrmooreCommented:
Please accept my apologies for not undertanding the situation.
>entering admin name and password
Admin username gives you full read/write access to all the settings to change to your heart's content

WEP is not enabled by default. Unless this router has some special setup for port redirection or something, and it sounds like the user is not sophisticated enough to have set that up, and the fact that the laptop connects with default settings, then it sounds like the PC is simply not able to get a good signal. It sounds like the router is already still at factory default and you should not have to do anything else to it. Just put the wireless range extender someplace and turn it on..
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pseudocyberCommented:
Oops, my dyslexia in kicked ... ;)  Sorry about that.
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BLackCrypToNCommented:
Has a password been set? OR do you know, the default passwords for linksys are normally

Username:     Password: (blank of course meaning enter nothing)
(blank)          admin
Admin           Admin
admin           admin
admin           password
admin          (blank)
password     admin
password     (blank)
password     password

Unless someone has already changed the password, then as someone mentioned, defaulting it would be the best thing to do, and Linksys as well as D-Link are very easy routers to get up and running again, usually 2-5minutes...

Here is the pdf doc on the G VPN Wireless mode, I am not sure exactly what model you are asking about, but they tend to be pretty much the same, some just have a few more features than others.
ftp://ftp.linksys.com/pdf/wrv54g_ug.pdf
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mgross333Author Commented:
To experts Irmoore and BLackCryToN,

Person who set up the router changed the SSD from the default value of "linkys" to something else and that is why the router and the PC with the wireless adapter would not connect when I set adapter PC to the Linksys defaults. I found this out by entering the first value set in BLackCryToN's username/password list and it worked and I got into the router and quickly saw the non-default SSID setting. However, I did not get that combo from BLackCryToN's post, before receiving that post I called Linksys support and they provided it to me.

So I set the adaptor PC to the same SSID as the router and the two connected. However then another problem came up. I moved the wireless PC two floors up and it connected most but not all the time as the signal was weak (stength 2-5 green bars in the Linksys display). So I installed the matching Linksys Expander on the middle floor between the router and the PC and it failed to connect to wireless network (Red lite on). I set the Expander to default (no WEB encryption) by pressing button on side of Expander.

I called Linksys support, they said I did everything right and it should connect. I put Expander next to router and plugged it in,etc. still NO connection. Linksys said to do the somewhat complex manual Expander configuration. The customer decided to live with the mostly good connection versus paying me more money to continue working.

Now the key thing here is that Linksys support said that IF the router and remote PC adapter were both set to no WEB encryption (the default) AND the SSID was NOT the default AND I push the button on the side of the Expander it should connect. i.e Having no WEB encryption is ALL that is needed for the push button config to work even if SSID was not default. Perhaps the person I spoke with was wrong and I have to do a manual Expander config and enter the changed SSID.
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BLackCrypToNCommented:
Glad to hear you got things sorted :)
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pseudocyberCommented:
Ok I'm confused.

>>Assume I have the router admin account name and password.

>>I found this out by entering the first value set in BLackCryToN's username/password list and it worked and I got into the router and quickly saw the non-default SSID setting.

I thought you couldn't get in, and then you corrected us and said you could.  And then you said you use'd Black's post and were able to get in ... ?

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mgross333Author Commented:
To expert pseudocyber,

You are correct. I did NOT use BLackCryToN's username/password list to get in. I used the post by purplepomegranite
 at 04/13/2005 12:30PM PDT in my **related** Linksys Question in this forum at www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Q_21387284.html . Specifically where purplepomegranite says "I believe for most Linksys routers the default username is blank and the default password is admin" in the 2nd paragraph of his post. I did not see BLackCryToN's post until AFTER I solved the problem at the PC. However, the first line in his list is the same correct username/password that was supplied by  purplepomegranite.

Also once I logged in to the router, there were many options and tabs and I could not find ALL three Router settings of interest: SSID, WEB encryption on or off (and if on, 64 or 128 bit) and the channel number. So I called Linksys customer support and they navigated me thru the Router settings menu and I found all 3. And noticed the channel number (6) and WEB encryption (off) matched the wireless PCI adaptor settings on the remote PC but the SSID did not match because it had been changed on the router from "linksys" the default to a custom name chosen by the router owner. So I changed the PCI adaptor SSID to the one on the router and the two connected. But then I moved the remote PC two floors up in the house and occasionally they did not connect as the signal strength was weak which got me into the whole Linksys Expander thing I described above.
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