How to Reset a Westell DSL Router

By Jonathan Diehl

A DSL modem/router combo, such as a Westell router, assigns new IP addresses to devices as they are added to the network, keeps network traffic flowing and allocates available addresses from which to choose for network devices. Invariably, there will come a time when you need to reset your Westell modem to re-enable connectivity in your home network, restore your device to factory specs or you are advised to by a DSL technical support technician.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper clip

Step 1

Take a paper clip and bend one of the sides straight out to make a straight line.

Step 2

Locate the small "Reset" button on the back of the modem/router.

Step 3

Gently press the straight end of the paper clip against the Reset button until you hear a small click. Press and hold the Reset button for approximately ten seconds.

Step 4

Release the Reset button and wait for approximately one minute. Verify that the "Power" light, the "DSL" light, the "Internet" light and the "Ethernet" light are all on and solid green. When all four lights are on and solid green, the Westell router has been successfully reset.

Tips & Warnings

  • Resetting your Westell router erases any current settings, such as SSID or encryption if your device is wireless. Additionally, if you are using a third-party router and have the Westell device set to bridge mode, you will need to reconfigure the Westell router after resetting it.