Okay, I was going to call this post “How to reset/ reboot your Linksys Wireless Router for Dummies” but we’re not dummies…just shall we say, “technically challenged”? …   Yeah, thats better.

Today I lost my wi-fi on my netbook. Here. At home. I didn’t know what was wrong- and in a calm sort of way, I guess I was sort of freaking out. Its one of those things where I felt like I had to fix it before I was willing to could do anything else.

So I began the process of  elimination.

  • I searched my Netbook for answers and discovered lots of links and info I wouldn’t have known existed before.
  • I checked my wireless connections…there were several showing up, but not mine. How could I be closer to those other connections and not the one in my own house?!
  • I looked online for help.
  • Along the way, I prayed. I do that in just about any situation.
  • I shut down my computer and turned it back on and it worked for a little while but eventually went out for good.
  • I probably shut off and turned back on the machine a few more times.
  • I removed my anti-virus program I had just added yesterday. That wasn’t the problem.
  • I did a recovery to set my computer back to yesterday before my Windows updates and everything else. That wasn’t the problem.
  • I got back online and looked for more help. I found an article that looked “official”. But the directions included about 8 steps, including a short video that, in my opinion, contracted the previous 8 steps and then a long list of tips and who knows what else.

This was way over my “technically challenged” abilities. And the post got me scared.

I decided to do 2 things- and it worked!

  1. I unplugged the cord from the back of the Router box marked “Power” and left it like that for about 20 seconds…
  2. I then plugged it back into the Router Box.

And I had wi-fi back to the Netbook!
It probably took me an hour or hours of trying this and that to realize the fix was only 2 simple steps and about 20 seconds of time.

Apparently this kind of need to reboot/ reset happens a lot and isn’t all that uncommon- thats what I gather after my online searching.

And thats how a girl like me reset her router 😉 .  The end.

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Tracy Zdelar

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Tracy writes about homeschooling and just about anything related to family life in Ohio. Strong honest views will surface from time to time on topics related to truth, faith and freedom.