How to Reset a Router

The two most common reasons why you would like to reset your router are a forgotten default password or when you can't access to your router settings. A hardware reset of your router will make it like a new router with all the default settings which were assigned in the factory. All the changes you have made in the meantime will be erased.

Most routers can be reset using the reset button at the back of the router. The following steps are general steps which can be used for most routers. However we encourage you to visit your manufacturer's website for more detailed instructions which may be a bit different according to the brand and model.

To do this process successfully you will have to use a paperclip or some other pointy object.

  1. Find the reset button. Usually it is located on the back of your router. This button is usually hidden and can be pressed only with a small object like a paper clip, pin or a pen. This prevents the user to reset the router by accident.
  2. Press the reset button using the paperclip (or the other object) and hold it for about 10 seconds until the test lights blink.
  3. Release the reset button
  4. Wait until the router reboots
  5. Start your browser and type the default IP (192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1 etc.) in the address bar. Use the default username and password for your router.

If you can't login and you have entered the right login details, it usually means that the resetting was not successful. Therefore you will have to perform some additional steps.

  1. Unplug your router.
  2. Use the paperclip and push the reset button. Hold the button and plug in the router.
  3. Hold the reset button for about 20 seconds.
  4. Wait until your router reboots again.
  5. Try to log in to your router with the default login details again.