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How to Reset a Router to Factory Settings

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One of the first things you should do if your internet goes down is restarting your router. Your connection settings will be cleared, malicious network attacks will be stopped, and any undesirable devices will be removed from your network when you restart your router. Resetting your router can also help with speed and connectivity difficulties.

How to Reset a Router

Here’s how to reset your router manually and remotely, as well as some points to keep in mind concerning router resetting.

Step 1: Physically unplug your router and modem

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While your router may include a Reset or Restart option onboard, you should avoid using it because it will force a factory reset and wipe out all of your current settings.

Instead, unhook your router and modem from all of the devices they are attached (if you have a combined unit, unplug it as well) (including each other and their power sources).

Wait about a minute after removing the router to make sure it has completely cooled down and that all of your devices have recognized that the Wi-Fi network is offline.

Connect the power supply to the modem once more. Allow a few minutes for the modem to warm up before transmitting its fantastic internet connection – another minute should be enough.

Reconnect the modem, outlet, and any other necessary connections to the router. Allow the router to shake hands with everyone and re-establish your wireless internet connection for a few moments.

Step 2: Update your firmware

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The firmware on your router is the software that keeps it running. While router firmware isn’t updated as frequently as computer operating systems, it does receive updates from time to time, mainly when a significant security risk arises.

The next step is to download any updated router firmware to verify that any potential router flaws are resolved. For this, you’ll need your router’s login credentials.

Typically, you may use an app or an administrator interface to check for firmware and then download it. Here’s how to access your Linksys configuration and set up automatic upgrades. With Netgear and TP-Link, here’s how to do it.

You may find more detailed instructions for primary router brand logins here. Even the most obscure router brands should have their own set of instructions for gaining access to these admin features.

One of the options you’ll see when you log in is Firmware Update, Router Update, or something similar. Choose this option and follow the on-screen instructions.

Please note that you will not access your Wi-Fi while the router uploads and installs the firmware fix. This usually takes less than five minutes, but it’s still worth remembering.

Attempting to switch your router off or tamper with it while updated firmware might have profound implications.

Follow our instructions for resetting your router if the update procedure resets it to factory default settings.

Step 3: Update any related apps

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Many modern routers come with apps that you can download to your smartphone or tablet to change router settings or monitor user data.

If you use one of these apps, you should upgrade it to the newest version in the app store. It’s a straightforward but vital step to take. This is also true if your router includes a voice assistant app or something similar.

Step 4: Change your password

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When setting your router, do you still use the default password? Because you just signed into administrative controls, you must have a good idea. Because we rarely use the default administrator password, many of us are guilty of keeping it set.

Unfortunately, this makes it much easier to attack a router, and with the recent spate of major news stories about router hacking, many hackers will be eager to join in the fun.

As a result, now is the best time to update your default password to a strong one you established yourself (and then store it in a password manager).

Using the same administrative tools that enabled you to upgrade your firmware, you can change your password. Look for a way to change your password or login information.

Resetting a router remotely

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Perhaps you don’t have physical access to the router, or it’s in a difficult-to-reach place, and the prospect of accessing it makes you groan. Many routers may be rebooted with access to the relevant webpage.

You’ll need to know your router’s public IP address, which you can find on several websites. Use your public IP address to find your router’s administrative page (this is also a good idea for the steps above if you don’t know how to go to this website). You will be asked for your password information once more.

While each router manufacturer’s website is different, most of them offer ways to reboot your router remotely. Look for the word “reboot” on the homepage or in the tools section of your router until you find the appropriate option.

Make sure you’re not doing a complete factory reset when you reboot/reset. Factory resets, rather than simple reboots, are widely used as reset options for router apps.

Read the process description thoroughly before starting. Otherwise, your router may revert to default settings, leaving you without Wi-Fi access.

How often should you reset your router?

How to Reset a Router

Most people save router resets for when they have technical issues, but that isn’t the only time they should be done. Periodic hard resets, like hard resets on computers, are helpful to routers.

When you reset a router, you can wipe the memory, which is vital if you have multiple devices or an older router. Resetting your router is an easy way to protect yourself against malware attacks; in fact, the FBI recommends it.

On your calendar, schedule a router reset every two months. It’s not the end of the world if you forget, but it’s worth the effort if you want to keep your device healthy and running smoothly.

Resetting the router is straightforward and quick, as you can see from this post, and it’s something you should frequently do.

Check out our guide to Wi-Fi troubles and how to fix them if you’re still having issues with your router after a reset. Keep in mind, though, that even the best counsel won’t save a router that’s nearing the end of its useful life. If you’ve tried everything and still can’t get your old router to operate, it’s time to upgrade and replace it.

Recommended reading: 

How to Setup Router for the Best Wi-Fi Performance

WiFi Extenders: How to Choose and Set up the Perfect One

How to Fix WiFi While you’re Stuck at Home


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