How to Reset Netgear

By Isaiah Turning

When you set up your Netgear router on your network, you configure settings, passwords and user names for the router. If you forget your user name and password or begin to experience connectivity problems with your router, you may need to reset your router to the factory default. The reset procedure removes all user-configured settings and returns the router to the original factory settings. For this reason, only reset the router if you encounter problems that can't be solved with other methods.

Method One

Step 1

Press and hold the reset button on the back of your Netgear router with a pin or paper clip for around 10 seconds, until the front panel light begins to blink.

Step 2

Release the reset button. The router automatically reboots.

Step 3

Open your Internet browser on a computer connected to the router. Type “” into the address bar and press “Enter.” Log in to your reset router with “admin” as the user name and with the default password of either “password” or “1234."

Method Two

Step 1

Unplug the router's power adapter from the back of the router. Press and hold the router's reset button with a pin or paper clip.

Step 2

Reconnect the router's power adapter while keeping the reset button held down. Hold the reset button down for 20 seconds after you reconnect the power adapter.

Step 3

Release the reset button and allow the router to reboot. Open your Internet browser and type “” into the browser's address bar. Press “Enter.”

Step 4

Log on with the router’s default user name and password. In most cases, the user name is “admin” and the password is either “password” or “1234."

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