Reset Your Wireless Router: Why and How

What does it mean to reset the router?

Here and there you can read that you need to reset your router. Others say you need to reboot it because of this and that. So, first we have to make clear that resetting and rebooting the router is not the same thing.

Reboot router – this means just to turn the router off and turn it on again in a few seconds. This is often the quickest solution to most networking problems.

Router reset – this basically means to reverse the router to its factory settings. This option is necessary when you can’t login to your router because you have forgotten the default router IP, username and password but want to change your wireless password or network name.

How to reset your router Step-by-Step

Before you start resetting your router it is important to know that all the changes you have made before in the router settings like your super cool network name, the unbreakable Wi-Fi password and other tweaks will be erased and brought back to factory defaults. So, either take a note on these or enter new ones after you reset the router.

Now, when you know that you would have to setup the router from scratch you may continue.

How to reset the router using the RESET button

reset-button-on-different-routersSTEP 1 – Find the reset button

Every router has a special reset button which is usually hidden to avoid accidental resets. So take a closer look at the back of your router.

STEP 2 – Press the button using a pen or paperclip

Make sure the router is turned on, press and hold the RESET button for 10 seconds or more. The time needed to hold the RESET button is more or less the same in various router brands, for example:

  • TP-Link – 10 seconds until the SYS LED light starts to flash quickly.
  • Netgear – 5-10 seconds until the Power light blinks
  • D-Link – 10 seconds. The unit is reset when WLAN light stops blinking.
  • TENDA router – 7 seconds, release when the SYS light on the front panel stops blinking.

Wait for the router to finish the reboot process.

STEP 3- Try to login to your router

Now check whether the router was reset successfully by logging into the router admin console with the default router IP and default login credentials. These can be found printed on the bottom or the back of your router or in the user manual.

Another way to reset your router

If you have access to the router’s admin console you can reset the router from there.

STEP 1 – Login to the router

We have discussed the login process in our guide here.

STEP 2 – Locate the Reset link in the menu


After you access the router’s admin console, search for:

  • System Tools >> Factory Defaults >> Restore (in TP-Link routers)
  • System Settings >> Reboot and Reset >> Reset (in Tenda routers)
  • Tools >> System >> Restore To Factory Default Settings (in D-Link routers)
  • Maintenance >> Settings Backup >> Revert to factory default settings >> Erase (in Netgear routers)

Wait until the router resets and stabilizes again.

NOTE: After you login, if you decide to change the Wi-Fi password, make sure to update the password on alldevices which were connected to your network before.

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