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There’s a difference between reset and reboot your rooter. With reboot you only cycle power to it, with reset you set it back to default settings (like a brand new router)
What will be changed while reseting my router ?
As we said, reseting your router means you will set the original and default settings to your device, it means many different things will be change, here’s a list:
- Router username and password will be changed
- Your Wifi username and password will be changed
- Your ISP username and password will be changed
- Any portforwards set will be reset
- Any firewall settings will be reset
- Any configuration will be reset
As you can see this is serious business ! Use it with caution or ask anyone who really knows how to proceed ! You might end up with serious internet connection troubles…
Tutorial to reset the router
- Find, at the back of your device, the little “reset” button.
- With your router ON, use a pin or a paper clip and press and hold this button for 30 seconds.
- Normally lights will change on your device. Lights might be blinking.
- Let go of the reset button and everything is reset to default settings.
Reset a router: The Video
If you did not understand this written tutorial (really ?), here’s a clear video showing a D-link router being reset. Even if your device is not a D-link one you will find this video very helpful !
Find you router after the reset
Once reset is completed, your router is “brand new” with all its default factory settings. You might be able to find it using any of your connected device (wifi). Your router will still have the same internal IP address. If you don’t know it you can find it on the page: How to find a router IP address, you will also need the default login and password to log in.
If you’re using a wireless router process is the same to reset it. Just find the reset button on back of your device and use a pin or anything else and hold on for 30 seconds until the light start to change. And you’re done !
If you’re using a DSL router you will need a WAN password. You can ask your ISP for this password. You will find all information on the back of your router (brand/model/serial number). In any cas you can refer to your user’s manual, everything should be explained inside.