How to Reset Your Netgear Wireless Router Settings

By Jim Campbell

Each Netgear router comes with a reset button that lets you restore wireless settings to the original factory configuration. This procedure is beneficial if you forgot the router's password and you are unable to access the console application to change router settings. You must reconfigure the wireless settings after you reset the configurations, or leave the settings as-is if you sell the router to another person.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper clip or pen

Step 1

Look at the back of the router for the red reset button. Use the paper clip or pen to press and hold the button for about 10 seconds. Notice that the light by the button starts blinking. This light verifies that the wireless settings are reset to the original factory settings.

Step 2

Open your preferred web browser on a computer that is connected to the router. Type "192.168.1.1" in the address bar and press "Enter." This address navigates to the router's main console.

Step 3

Type "admin" in the "User name" text box, then type "1234" in the "Password" text box. Click "OK" to log in. These values are the Netgear default user name and password.

Step 4

Click the "Wireless" tab and type your original network configurations in the text boxes, if you want to configure the router. Click "Save Settings" and close the browser window.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you change any of the wireless settings on the Netgear router, you must change the connection configurations on your wireless computers.