How to Reset a Router Back to the Factory Default Settings

By Techwalla Contributor

You can reset the router on your home network to its factory settings using the reset switch. A router connects two networks, such as Internet and your home network. Router devices sold for consumers typically include components that let all the computers on your network communicate with one another as well as the Internet. If your router has become unmanageable, or you have forgotten the password and you need to log into it, you may wish to restore it to a factory default condition and rebuild your network settings.

Things You'll Need

  • paperclip or ballpoint pen

Step 1

Unplug all cables from the router except the power cable. Power on the router.

Step 2

Locate the reset button. This is typically a small hole marked "Reset."

Step 3

Insert the straightened end of a paper clip or the point of a ballpoint pen into the hole. Press and hold for about 10 seconds. Lights will blink, indicating that the unit is rebooting.

Step 4

Refer to your user's guide and follow instructions on setting up a new router.

Tips & Warnings

  • The factory default password may be "admin."
  • Do not disconnect power from the router while it is being reset or while it is rebooting.