How to Reset a Router Back to the Factory Default Settings

How to Reset a Router Back to the Factory Default Settings
How to Reset a Router Back to the Factory Default Settings

With the reset switch, you can set the router on your home network back to the way it was when it was first made. A router connects two networks, like your home network to the Internet. Routers sold to consumers usually come with parts that let all the computers on your network talk to each other and to the Internet. If you can’t figure out how to use your router or have forgotten the password and need to log in, you may want to reset it to the factory settings and set up your network again.

Step 1

Unplug all of the router’s cables except for the power cord. Start the router up.

Step 2

Find the button to turn it off. Most of the time, this is a small hole that says “Reset.”

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Step 3

Put the point of a ballpoint pen or the straightened end of a paper clip into the hole. Hold the button down for about 10 seconds. When the unit is being turned back on, the lights will blink.

Step 4

Follow the instructions in your user’s guide to set up a new router.