Hard Reset a Router
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Home routers (like Netgear, Linksys, D-link, Buffalo, etc.) can be reset back to factory default settings. There are many reasons why you want to Hard Reset a router. One reason might be that you want to reconfigure and do a fresh setup or, you have forgotten the admin password to access the Graphical User Interface (GUI) of the router. Whatever the reason may be, here is how you reset a router. Please read and follow the steps below:
- 1Your Router and a paper clip (you can use a needle, push pin or, any small pointed object).Prepare the following items:Advertisement
- 2Turn on the router, and wait until the power symbol turns solid green.Advertisement
- 4Power off your router, and wait for 20 seconds before you turn it on, and wait for the power symbol to turn solid green to indicate that the router is ready to use.Use a paper clip or thick needle to press and hold the reset button (through the hole) for one (1) minute then, let go.
To reset a Linksys router using two different methods
Method 1: Soft reset
- 1On your computer, open your "Browser".Advertisement
- 2"192.168.1.1". (This is the default IP address of all Linksys Routers).On your Browser type:
- 3(If your Linksys username and password is not changed, try "admin" as username and "admin" as password.).When you're done, type your Linksys username and password into the page.
- 4Select "Administration tab", then it will show some options.
- 5Select "Factory Default", and click "Yes".
- 6Save the new settings by clicking "Save Settings".
- 7When you're done saving the new settings, turn off your Linksys Router for 10 to 15 seconds.
- 8After 10 to 15 seconds, turn on your Linksys router.
- 9Your Linksys router has been successfully reset.
Method 2: Hard reset
- 2If your computer is already off, get your Linksys router and turn it off.
- 5Press the red button for 20 to 30 seconds.(Use sticks to press the button)
- 10Then, you're done.Advertisement
Tips, Tricks & Warnings
- Do not use a thin needle in resetting, as it may stick between the rim and the micro-switch.
- Upon doing a reset, you will have internet loss and configuration.
- Backup all of your Router settings before you reset, just in case you need to revert back to those old settings, you can restore.
- If the reason for resetting is forgotten Admin password, then you need to know the settings for your ISP, as to configure it manually. Restoring the backup (providing you have it previously) will restore the same Admin password that you had already forgotten.
- Reconfigure the router and reconnect all devices after the reset.
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Recent edits by: Fabian John Andan, Eng, Melsan