Belkin has created a line of plug in range extenders, including the F9K1122 range extender for Wi-Fi. These feature a hard reset button that, when pressed, erases any customized settings, and returns the range extender to factory default values (restores the settings to what they were when the unit was shipped from the factory). You may also reset the extender via its admin web site, and we describe how to do it both ways here in this post.
You should perform a factory default reset if the range extender begins showing unusual and / or erratic behaviors such as failing to connect to the primary Wi-Fi network, the extended network becomes very slow or freezes up, the extender won’t stay connected, and so on. Or, reset it if you’re selling it, or wanting to set it up to extend different Wi-Fi networks than what it’s currently extending.
Here, we offer a procedure for how to reset a Belkin F9K1122 wireless extender, which, hopefully, will correct most ills often experienced in wireless networking devices. These instructions work for both versions of this extender. E.g the F9K1122v1 and the F9K1122v2 units.
Belkin F9K1122 Range Extender Reset Instructions
Perform this group of steps first, no matter how you’re going to reset the F9K1122.
- Locate reliable AC power. It’s important that the electricity source not be interrupted during the hard reset. This can corrupt the extender’s memory, leaving the installed firmware damaged and non useable. The F9K1122 may not start up properly afterwards and thus, be “bricked” or completely non functional. So, we suggest plugging your extender directly into a well-fitting and non switched AC wall outlet, as shown above. Do not connect it via an extension cord, in order to avoid the loose and intermittent connections often associated with cheap or worn out extension cords.
- Wait for boot-up to finish. Wait until it finishes booting before proceeding to the next step. Typically, booting can take roughly thirty seconds. Startup has finished when the blue status lamp on the front is either glowing a solid blue, or flashing blue and amber.
- Initiate reset by either of two ways. If you want to use the physical reset button, skip ahead to the Reset the F9K1122 Via its Reset Button section below. Or, you may order a hard reset via the device’s administrative web pages by continuing in the Reset the F9K1122 Via its Admin Web Site section, immediately following this one.
- Considerations for Resetting via the Web. An advantage of resetting though the web, is that you won’t have to dig out the extender from behind furniture, inside a wiring closet, and so on, in order to reach the physical reset button. However, using the web may not always be a viable option in those situations where the extender has become unresponsive. So make this choice based on the particulars of your circumstances.
Reset the F9K1122 Via its Admin Web Site
If your extender is currently extending Wi-Fi networks normally, then you can connect to it via the web, and force a hard reset over there, as follows.
1. Connect your computer to one of the extender’s extension networks. If your extended networks have the same name as your primary networks (something that both versions of the F9K1122 allows), then you may have to move the extender farther away from your primary Wi-Fi source, but not so far that the extender cannot connect to it (say, move it to the next room or two rooms away for example). Then, move your computer / tablet / phone close to the extender and connect to the network as you normally would. The computer should connect to the extended version of your Wi-Fi, and not the primary, because the extended network should be stronger in this scenario. If however, the extension networks have different names from the extended networks (most extension network names end in something like _2ext, _5ext, _2XT, 5XT, and so on), then just connect to one of them. You must be connected to a network that your extender is providing in order to access its admin web site.
2. Log in to the extender’s admin web site. With the extender powered up and fully booted, go to a web browser on the computer that you connected to the extender in step 1. Then, visit the http://belkin.range/ site. Alternatively, you may try http://192.168.206.1/ if the former site does not function. If you don’t get the screen shown next, then your computer may still be connecting to the primary Wi-Fi network, and not the extended network. If so, again, move the F9K1122 further away from the primary router, move the computer closer to the extender, and try to connect again. At any rate, continue on with the next step once you’ve received the F9K1122 admin home page, as shown next.
3. Locate the hard reset option. You’ll find the Restore Factory Defaults link on the left side of the page, as pointed at by the pink arrow in the previous picture.
4. Click the Restore Factory Defaults link. This brings up the admin login password prompt screen, as shown next. You may decide not to reset the extender at this point. If so, then just leave this page. However, if you still wish to proceed, enter the correct admin password you previously set up for the F9K1122, and press the Submit button, as pointed at by the pink arrow in the next picture. If you never set an admin password, just press Submit without entering anything into the password field.
Tapping Submit, brings up the Restore Factory Defaults Confirmation screen, as follows.
5. Click the Restore Factory Defaults button. This brings up one final warning screen before the hard reset actually begins, as shown in the next photograph.
Warning: Clicking or tapping the OK button here, is tantamount to pressing the physical reset button. Doing so takes the network extender offline while the original factory settings are restored and a subsequent reboot takes place. You will also be logged off of the http://belkin.range/ web site during this time. The status lamp on the front of the F9K1122 will go out for a time, then begin flashing as the restoration is executed. While resetting, the extender displays the Reset in Progress screen on your computer, as shown in the next picture.
This screen counts down the seconds in a minute until it reaches 1. Then, it just freezes in our experience. However, the extender has indeed reset at this point. So, in order to use it again, you’ll have to reconfigure it, as we describe in our Belkin F9K1122v1 N600 Plug In WiFi Range Extender Setup Instructions article.
6. Verify that the reset has taken place. With the F9K1122 still plugged into AC power, scan for in-range Wi-Fi networks on your computer. If the reset completed successfully, you should see the Belkin.setup network when you scan for wireless networks close to you.
Reset the F9K1122 Via its Reset Button
You can also reset this range extender by pressing its reset button, located near the Ethernet port, on the bottom of the unit. Do this as follows.
1. Press and hold the red reset button for ten to twenty seconds. Since the access opening for the reset button is usually miniscule, you’ll likely have to insert the tip of a pen or a bent straight paper clip, to reach the button. Also, this button is delicate and therefore, easily damaged or jammed. So, increase your pressing pressure only until you feel the button give (click) into the activated position, and continue applying that same amount of pressure (and no more), until the extender begins resetting itself.
2. Release the reset button. You can tell when factory default reset begins, because the light goes out for several moments. Release the RESET once resetting starts. Applying pressure for too long can, again, damage or prematurely wear out the button. So, hold it in only as long as it takes to initiate factory default resetting.
3. Wait for the F9K1122 to finish resetting. This can take nearly a minute. So be patient, and DO NOT UNPLUG (POWER DOWN) YOUR EXTENDER WHILE RESETTING!!! Again, powering off most any network device while it’s resetting can brick it. If that happens, you may have to send the extender back to Belkin for proper re flashing, if they can even do that at all. For cheaper extenders, factory re flashing may not be worth the expense. So, get it right the first time, and never shut off a wireless extender while it’s resetting. Factory default restoration is done when the lights on the extender stop blinking (except for occasional data transmission blinks). You should also be able to access the extender’s admin setup web pages at http://belkin.range/ .
4. Re apply any customized settings. Once the hard reset is finished, make any changes to the extender’s settings that your specific network might require, at the http://belkin.range/ site, again, as detailed in our Belkin F9K1122v1 N600 Plug In WiFi Range Extender Setup Instructions post.
5. You’re done resetting the F9K1122.
- Belkin F9K1122v1 N600 Plug In WiFi Range Extender Setup Instructions
- http //belkin.range/Setup Instructions for the F9K1106v1 N600 Belkin Wi-Fi Extender
- 2017-03-28: Originally published.