How to Reset the IP Address on a Linksys Wireless G
By C. Taylor
You access your Linksys Wireless G router's administration utility through its Internet Protocol, or IP, address. The default address is 192.168.1.1, but if you changed and subsequently forgot this address, resetting the router will also reset the IP address back to its default setting. However, this will also reset all your router settings, so a much better alternative is to relocate the IP address, log into your router and manually change it back. This method preserves your router's other settings and gives you more control over the new IP address, which is useful to correct conflicts with other network devices that share the router's current address.
Connect an Ethernet cable from any of the four numbered ports on the back of the Linksys router to your computer's Ethernet port. This establishes a wired connection with the router. Although you could perform this procedure using a wireless connection, you would be immediately disconnected from the administration utility after making the required changes.
Press "Win-R," type "cmd" (without the quotes) and press "Enter" to run the Command Prompt in any modern version of Windows.
Type "ipconfig" (without the quotes) in the Command Prompt window and press "Enter." Look for the router's IP address next to Default Gateway under the Wireless LAN Adapter heading.
Enter the IP address in your browser's address bar and enter "admin" (without the quotes) in the login page's password field. Leave the username field blank.
Click the "Setup" tab, the "Basic Setup" sub-tab and then the "Network Address" side menu.
Enter the new IP address in the "Local IP Address" field. Keep "192.168" (without the quotes) as the first two numbers. The last two numbers can range from zero to 255.
Click "Save Settings" to reset the IP address. You can then disconnect the Ethernet cable from the router and resume normal wireless function.
C. Taylor embarked on a professional writing career in 2009 and frequently writes about technology, science, business, finance, martial arts and the great outdoors. He writes for both online and offline publications, including the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Samsung, Radio Shack, Motley Fool, Chron, Synonym and more. He received a Master of Science degree in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences at College of Charleston. He also holds minors in statistics, physics and visual arts.