How do you reset a wireless router?


Quick Answer

To reset your wireless router back to its original factory settings, you need to press and release the reset button located on the device. Doing this removes any personalized configurations, so make sure you need a reset before proceeding.

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Full Answer

  1. Find the reset button

    Locate the tiny reset button on the router. It is usually found in the back of the device near the antenna, and should have "reset" or "restore factory settings" written near it.

  2. Press and hold the reset button

    Using something sharp and thin, such as a paperclip or a pin, press and hold the reset button. You typically need to hold it for about 10 seconds.

  3. Wait for the power light to blink

    After about ten seconds, the power light begins to blink. On some models, the light starts off blinking and then shines continuously.

  4. Release the reset button

    Once you let go of the reset button, your router should be restored to its original factory settings. Though it may take a further couple of minutes for the reset to complete, you should be able to log into it. You can now use the original factory settings printed on the bottom of the device to access the user interface.

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