Picture of the Belkin F9K1122v1 Wi-Fi range extender, displaying the -Restore Factory Defaults Warning- screen, with the OK button highlighted.

Belkin Range Extender Reset Instructions, F9K1122, F9K1122v1, F9K1122v2




Belkin has created a line of plug in range extenders.  These include the F9K1122, F9K1122v1, and F9K1122v2 units for Wi-Fi.  These each have a hard reset button.  Pressing this button erases any custom settings. This returns the Belkin extender to factory default values.  E.g. It restores the settings to what they were when the unit shipped from Belkin.  You may also reset the extender via its admin web site.   We describe how to do a Belkin range extender reset, both ways, for all these models, here in this post.




Try a factory default reset if the range extender shows strange behaviors.  These include failing to connect to the primary Wi-Fi network.  Or, the extension network slows way down or locks up.  You may also see that the extender won’t stay connected, and so on.

Or, other reasons to reset your extender.  Perhaps you’re selling it.  Or, you want to set it up to extend new Wi-Fi networks.

Belkin Range Extender Reset Instructions, F9K1122, F9K1122v1, F9K1122v2

Do this group of steps first, no matter how you’re going to reset the F9K1122, F9K1122v1, or F9K1122v2.

Belkin range extender reset instructions. Picture of the Belkin F9K1122v1 range extender, operating normally, displaying solid blue light, front view.
Belkin range extender reset instructions. Belkin F9K1122v1 range extender, operating normally, displaying solid blue light, front view.

1. Plug the Range Extender into Good AC Power

Never disrupt the power source during hard reset.  This can corrupt the extender’s memory, leaving the firmware damaged and non useable.  The F9K1122 may not start up afterwards.  You then have a  “bricked” or non useable Wi-Fi extender.

So, plug your extender directly into a well-fitting, non switched AC wall outlet, as shown above.  Do not connect it via an extension cord though.  This avoids the loose connections that often occur with cheap or worn out cords.

2. Wait for Boot-up to Finish

Wait until it finishes booting before going to the next step. Booting can take roughly thirty seconds.

The extender completes startup when the front lamp glows either solid blue, or flashes blue and amber.

3. Start Reset by Either of Two Ways

If you want to use the 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 admin web pages by running  the Reset the F9K1122 Via its Admin Web Site  section, next.

4. Tips for Resetting via the Web

An advantage of resetting though the web.  You won’t have to dig out the extender from behind furniture, inside a wiring closet, and so on. Instead, you can reset it from the comfort of your computer.

But 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, F9K1122v1, and F9K1122v2 Extenders Via their Admin Web Site

If your extender is extending Wi-Fi networks normally, then connect to it via the web.   In that case, you can force a hard reset via the web admin page, as follows.

1. Connect your Computer to One of the Extender’s Extension Networks

Now your extended networks may have the same name as your primary networks.  Indeed, all versions of the F9K1122 allow this. It that’s the case,  then move the extender farther away from your primary Wi-Fi source.  But stay close enough that the extender still connects to it.

Then, move your computer / tablet / phone close to the extender.

Next, connect it to the network as you normally would.  The computer should connect to the extended version of your Wi-Fi, and not the primary.

Note that the default extension networks have different names from the extended networks. Most extension names end in  _2ext, _5ext, _2XT, 5XT, and so on.  So, connect to one of these extension networks.

Note: You must connect to a network that your extender is providing, to access its admin web site.

2. Log In to the Range Extender’s Admin Web Site

With the extender fully booted, go to a web browser on the computer in  step 1.

There, visit the http://belkin.range/ site.  Or, you may try http://192.168.206.1/  if the former site does not work.

Now the screen shown next may not appear.  If it does not, then your computer may still connect to the primary network, instead of the extension.  But it must connect to the extension to do the reset via the web.

To connect to the extension network, move the F9K1122 further away from the primary router.  Put the computer closer to the extender.  Then, 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.

Belkin range extender reset instructions. Picture of the Belkin Range Extender F9K1122v1, displaying its main admin screen, with the -Restore Factory Defaults- option highlighted.
Belkin range extender reset instructions. Belkin Range Extender F9K1122v1, displaying its main admin screen, with the -Restore Factory Defaults- option highlighted.

3. Find 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 last 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.

But if you still wish to reset, enter the correct admin password.  Then, 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.

Belkin range extender reset instructions. Picture of the Belkin F9K1122v1 range extender, Prompting for the admin login password.
Belkin range extender reset instructions. Belkin F9K1122v1 range extender, Prompting for the admin login password.

Tapping Submit, brings up the  Restore Factory Defaults Confirmation  screen,  as follows.

Belkin range extender reset instructions. Picture of the Belkin F9K1122v1 WiFi range extender, displaying the -Restore Factory Defaults- page. The -Restore Factory Defaults- button id highlighted.
Belkin range extender reset instructions. Belkin F9K1122v1 WiFi range extender, displaying the -Restore Factory Defaults- page. The -Restore Factory Defaults- button id highlighted.

5. Click the  Restore Factory Defaults  Button

This brings up one final warning screen before the hard reset starts, as shown in the next screenshot.

Belkin range extender reset instructions. Picture of the Belkin F9K1122v1 range extender, displaying the -Restore Factory Defaults Warning- screen, with the OK button highlighted.
Belkin range extender reset instructions. Belkin F9K1122v1 range extender, displaying the -Restore Factory Defaults Warning- screen, with the OK button highlighted.

Warning: Clicking or tapping the OK button here, works just like pressing the physical reset button.  Doing so takes the network extender offline while the original factory settings are restored. You will also be logged off of the  http://belkin.range/  web site. The status lamp on the F9K1122 goes out.  Then, it starts flashing as the reset runs.

While resetting, the extender displays the   Reset in Progress   screen on your computer, as shown in the next picture.

Belkin range extender reset instructions. Picture of the Belkin F9K1122v1 range extender, displaying the -Hard Reset In Progress- screen.
Belkin range extender reset instructions. Belkin F9K1122v1 range extender, displaying the -Hard Reset In Progress- screen.

This screen counts down the seconds in a minute until it reaches 1.  Then, it just freezes.

But the extender has indeed reset at this point.  So, in order to use it again, you’ll have to set it up again, as we describe in our    Belkin F9K1122v1 N600 Plug In WiFi Range Extender Setup Instructions  post.

6. Check that the Factory Reset has Finished

With the F9K1122 still plugged into AC power, scan for in-range Wi-Fi networks on your computer.  If the reset finished successfully, you should see the Belkin.setup network when you scan for wireless networks close to you.




Reset the F9K1122, F9K1122v1, and F9K1122v2 Extenders Via the Reset Button

You can also reset this range extender by pressing its reset button.  Find this button near the Ethernet port, on the unit bottom, as shown next.  Do this as follows.

Belkin range extender reset instructions. Picture of the Belkin F9K1122v1 range extender, bottom view with the reset button location highlighted.
Belkin range extender reset instructions. Belkin F9K1122v1 range extender, bottom view with the reset button location highlighted.

1. Press and Hold the Red Reset Button for Ten to Twenty Seconds

Since the hold for the reset button is small, insert a pen tip or a straightened paper clip.  Also, this button is delicate.  So you can easily damage it if you press too hard.  Thus, raise your pressing pressure only until you feel the button give (click) into the pressed position.  Then, hold it in until the extender starts resetting itself.

Belkin range extender reset instructions. Picture of the Belkin F9K1122v1 range extender, plugged in, user pressing reset button with a pen.
Belkin range extender reset instructions. Belkin F9K1122v1 range extender, plugged in, user pressing reset button with a pen.

2. Release the Reset Button

You can tell when factory default reset starts, because the light goes out for several moments.  Then, release the RESET.  Applying pressure for too long can, again, damage the button.  So, hold it in only as long as it takes to begin 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. 

For cheaper extenders, factory re flashing may not be worth the expense.  So, get it right the first time. Never shut off a wireless extender while it’s resetting.

Factory default reset finishes when the lights on the extender stop blinking (except for occasional data 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 finishes, make any changes to the extender’s settings that your network needs, at the  http://belkin.range/  site, again, as detailed in our   Belkin F9K1122v1 N600 Plug In WiFi Range Extender Setup Instructions    post.

5. Done Resetting the F9K1122, F9K1122v1, F9K1122v2




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  • 2018-04-14: Revised post title and content for improved keyword targeting.
  • 2017-03-28: Originally published.