Resetting is different to rebooting a router. Rebooting means that you turn the router off then on again to cycle the power. But what happens when you reset your router exactly?
You WiFi router manual probably says that resetting means switching the device back to its original setup, which is the factory settings. All WiFi routers should have a ‘reset button’ positioned somewhere on the device where it cannot be accidentally pressed. Usually, it is located on the back or on the bottom of the router.
Most WiFi routers require more effort in order to push the reset button. Some of them, like the D-Link, recommend using a paperclip to reach for the reset button. That is because most models do not include a stick for the reset button. Of course, the paper clip has to be bent to make it look like a reset button wand.
However, keep in mind that you cannot just press the button as you wish as you will have to repeat all the configurations you have done in setting it up. If you don’t want all of the settings getting erased then you should be very careful not to touch the reset button accidentally.
When do you press the reset button: What happens when you reset your router?
There are two reasons or situations that call for a reset of the WiFi router. One is when you want to clear all the configurations you have made in the past intentionally.
The other reason for pressing the reset button is when you cannot remember the router password and you have done all possible methods of troubleshooting.
If neither of these situations are the case, you should refrain from resetting your router. Resetting is a serious matter so you should proceed with caution.
The following things happen when you reset your router. There will be changes to:
- The router’s password and username
- The WiFi’s password and username
- The ISP’s password and username
- Portforwards you have made
- Firewall settings you have made
- Any configurations of your router that you have made in the past
How do you reset your router?
- First, look for the reset button at the back or on the bottom of the router.
- Turn on the router, then use a paperclip or pin to press the reset button. You should hold the press for about 10 seconds.
- Wait until the lights or LED of the router change. Some models go from blinking to a solid light while others go from solid light to a blinking light.
- Once you let go of the button after 10 seconds or so, your router has been reset to its factory settings.
Reconfiguring the Router
After the reset, you have to set up or configure the settings of your router again. The IP address is still the same so you should have no trouble logging into the web interface.
Should you forget the IP address, refer to the Router Detector. There, you will be able to locate the router.
Once you have found the IP address, copy and paste it into the address bar so you can search it. That should lead you to a familiar interface of your router where there is a login page.
You will have to use the default username and password. If you cannot remember it, don’t worry. You can search for it via the internet by typing your manufacturer’s name to search for the default password link.
Wireless routers and regular routers have the same reset processes. On the other hand, those with DSL routers have to contact their ISP to find out the WAN password. This will connect them to the internet.
To make sure that the process that you follow is correct, check the back of your router and find out what type of router you have. If yours comes with a phone line, then it might be a DSL router.
Read Your Router Manual
Since every model has different designs and features, the reset process may be different. So the best way to find out the right method of resetting your router is to read the user manual. If you have lost it you can visit the manufacturer’s site or call their hotline. Asking for some assistance goes a long way especially for those who find themselves confused by the process.