Linksys router won't work after power loss

Try a hard reset on the BEF. This will reset the router to factory default settings so you'll lose WEP keys and anything else you customized.

Power up the router. Find a small recessed button in the back of the router. Use a pen or paper clip to depress the button for 30 seconds. This is actually much harder than it sounds, so make sure you're actually pressing on the button and it is fully depressed.

Afterwards, the router should be good as new though you'll have to re-do all your settings. If not, the problem may be more serious. Explore the forums on this site:

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for reviving a dead (or "bricked") BEFW11S4 router.



DesignGuy thought carefully and wrote on 11/18/2004 7:17 PM:

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After a loss of power to the house, the Linksys BEFW11S4 router doesn't want to connect to the internet. The system tray icon (WinXP machine) shows high signal strength, but can't connect via router even when plugged in directly with ethernet cable. Connecting the computer to the cable modem directly works however. Tried powering everything down and then rebooting a couple of times with no luck.

Remote computers in other rooms that would normally connect wireless do not work either, so it's not isolated to the one machine.

Any ideas?

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What version Linksys BEFW11S4 wireless router? What version firmware?

Can you access the web based setup inside the router?

Try resetting the router using the pushbutton on the back of the router. Push the button with a paper clip and hold it continuously for about 45 seconds. Let the router boot, but then disconnect the power. Wait about 10 seconds, and power it back up. Connect to the router with a web browser and setup the WAN side again. Hopefully, all that happened is the flash memory was corrupted by the power glitch.

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