How to Hard Reset Wireless Router?

A wireless router user might have encountered one of the following situations definitely: Administrator password forgotten, network security key forgotten, or connectivity issues. Resetting the router is all technicians resort to after all the troubleshooting methods fail to restore the router operation. Read below to know how to hard reset wireless router.

Hard reset involves starting over with factory default settings, thus deleting the set customizations, passwords, usernames, security keys, port forwarding settings, and custom DNS servers. However, the router firmware remains intact without any changes.

Read here how to perform a hard reset on the router:

  1. Power on the router and turn it to the side.
  2. Locate the Reset button on the back of the router.
  3. Use a paperclip to “press” the Reset button.
  4. “Hold” down the button for 30 seconds.
  5. “Release” the button for 30 seconds.
  6. Now, turn on the router.
  7. The router is completely reset.

Though the procedures to reset the printer differ with each manufacturer, the 30-30-30 method works on almost all routers.

  1. Tuck in the router and turn it on.
  2. Push the Reset button for 30 seconds.
  3. Use a small screwdriver or paperclip to reach the Reset button.
  4. With the button still held down, detach the router from the power source.
  5. Wait for 30 seconds.
  6. Reconnect the printer with the power supply and turn it back on.
  7. Hold the Reset button all the while and even 30 seconds after powering up.

The router is restored to its factory defaults. While some routers require the complete 30-30-30 procedure, others only need 10 seconds to reset.

Power cycling:

Shutting down and re-connecting the printer to a power supply is called power cycling. If your router faces glitches such as corruption of internal memory or overheating. Anyway, power cycling the router does not delete the saved passwords, security keys, or other settings.

  1. Switch off the power supply.
  2. You can either detach the power cord or slide the switch.
  3. Or remove the battery in case of battery-removed routers.

How to Hard Reset Wireless Router

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