Not sure how to reset your router to factory defaults? In that case, you’ve come to the right place.
In this publication, we will talk to you about the ways to reset your Wi-Fi router and the reasons why it is reasonable to reset everything back to factory defaults. For example, if your Wi-Fi router is unstable or its IP address is not available, and also if you have forgotten your control panel password or settings were made incorrectly and you need to reset it to factory defaults.
And here we will try to figure out how to solve these and other problems. You can reset your router to factory defaults either software or hardware. In the first case, you will need to enter the control panel of the network device and there to reset all settings to their default values. In the second case, you can do a factory reset on the back of the router. Usually it is there that the “Reset” button is located.
Attention! The router will be reset to factory defaults and will return to its original state. Previously specified by you password and login will return to the default state and the router will need to be re-configured, taking into account the parameters of your provider.
Software reset of Wi-Fi router settings is usually used in those cases where the password and login are known to the user and he can get into the administrative panel of the network device. But if this is not possible, you can reset the router hardware with the help of the button I mentioned above. If you have not changed the password and login information previously, enter the default IP (usually 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1) into the browser address bar and enter your login information in the form that opens.
You can get the login information for the control panel from the documentation or from the sticker on the bottom of the router. You can also use the ipconfig query from the command line and the “default gateway” entry will show the IP address of your router. Usually, the default password and login to the router control panel is admin, but there are exceptions.
So, let’s break down in more detail how to reset the Wi-Fi router hardware and software. Software router settings reset. This method is used if you know the authentication data to access the router interface. Enter the IP address of the network device in the address bar of the browser, specify the login (Login) and password (Password) and confirm your actions by clicking on the button. That is all, you have access. Of course, each manufacturer’s interface is different, but it is intuitive and you should easily figure out where the reset is done.
How to perform a software reset on your TP-Link and Asus router
Find “System Tools” -> “Factory Defaults”, click “Renew”, then the router will reboot and have a factory default configuration.
In the same way you can reset your Asus router. Find section “Advanced Settings” -> “Administration” and go to the “Restore…” tab and click on the “Restore” button. Then the router will reboot and all defaults will be restored. All settings are reset.
Hardware reset of the router. If you for some reason can not log into the interface of your router – this method will help you. The process is very simple and takes less than a minute. Any Wi-Fi router has a “Reset” button, which is designed to reset the network device to factory defaults. It is usually located on the back or bottom cover and is in the form of a small recess with a small button. Take a match or a paper clip, press the button and hold it for 10-15 seconds. To avoid damaging the Reset button, I do not recommend using a needle or a pin.
Once the LEDs flash or go out the router will reboot and return to the factory settings. Now you only need to configure the Wi-Fi router taking into account the network settings of your provider and you can go online. By the way, if you have a weak signal from the Wi-Fi router, I recommend diagnosing the wireless network using the program inSSIDer. Now you know how to reset the Wi-Fi router.