How to Factory Reset Any Router

Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • What factory resetting your router will do.
  • How to find the proper guide to take you through resetting your Internet router.
Before We Begin:
  • Be near your router.
Paperclip inserted in reset button pinhole

1 Factory Reset Check

What Factory Resetting Your Router Does

Resetting a router to factory defaults is the process through which all configured settings on it are reverted back to their original values set by the manufacturer.

This may be necessary if:

  • You're no longer able to login to the router's administrative console due to losing or forgetting the login credentials
  • To potentially fix a malfunctioning router.
  • if you wish to sell or give your old router away.
All personal information and customized data will be wiped during this process, the router will need to be reconfigured to the state it was in prior to resetting it back to defaults.
  • Ensure you know what the default router login credentials are.
  • If the wireless connection settings were customized, they will need to be duplicated, otherwise all wireless devices will have to be reconnected manually.
  • If you only have wireless devices and you're unable to hardwire a computer to the router to reconfigure it, ensure you know what the default wireless credentials are.
The following procedures will vary depending on the brand and model of your router. ISP-provided (Internet Service Provider) routers may block or restrict access to these types of operations altogether. Depending on your circumstances, it may be necessary to reach out for additional assistance.

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In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • What factory resetting your router will do.
  • How to find the proper guide to take you through resetting your Internet router.
Before We Begin:
  • Be near your router.
Paperclip inserted in reset button pinhole

What Factory Resetting Your Router Does

Resetting a router to factory defaults is the process through which all configured settings on it are reverted back to their original values set by the manufacturer.

This may be necessary if:

  • You're no longer able to login to the router's administrative console due to losing or forgetting the login credentials
  • To potentially fix a malfunctioning router.
  • if you wish to sell or give your old router away.
All personal information and customized data will be wiped during this process, the router will need to be reconfigured to the state it was in prior to resetting it back to defaults.
  • Ensure you know what the default router login credentials are.
  • If the wireless connection settings were customized, they will need to be duplicated, otherwise all wireless devices will have to be reconnected manually.
  • If you only have wireless devices and you're unable to hardwire a computer to the router to reconfigure it, ensure you know what the default wireless credentials are.
The following procedures will vary depending on the brand and model of your router. ISP-provided (Internet Service Provider) routers may block or restrict access to these types of operations altogether. Depending on your circumstances, it may be necessary to reach out for additional assistance.

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