It may sound simple, but one of the easiest ways to fix a variety of glitches is to simply restart your device. Whether it’s your computer, your router, or your modem, a good old-fashioned reset can solve most of the problems you’re experiencing.
But, I must step back and explain a bit more. If you are restarting your computer, make sure you have saved anything that you do not want to lose. If you haven’t already included it in your normal computer usage – always save, back up, or close the program properly before resetting!
If you are rebooting your home router or modem, the first thing you need to consider is how you adopt it.
One of the most common questions is…
- How to Restart?
- How to Reboot?
- And How to Reset?
Terminology may vary in different ways. People differ from one another to use the phrases “restart” “reboot,” and “reset”, but the meanings of these phrases can vary greatly.
“Restart” and “reboot” mean the same thing: turning the device off, then back on immediately.
Most computers have a “restart” button somewhere, but if it is called a “reboot”, no worries. All are same.
The main problem starts when using the word “reset”.
In the case of your home router or modem, “reset” is usually a small button on the back that completely erases all settings and brings you back to square one. Normally, this is not what you want to do. Resetting your modem and/or router should be the last resort.
How to Reset a WiFi Router
Here I am telling you the best 3 ways to reset the router. but wait. You should try simple methods first.
Method #1 – How to Reset WiFi Router
Reboot your Router
On many routers, if you hold down the button for 10 seconds, this factory resets your router. If that does not work properly, try the 30-30-30 method:
- Hold the button for the 30 seconds.
- Unplug the router for 30 seconds.
- Plug the router back.
- Hold down the reset button up to 30 seconds.
Reset Your Router
The following settings are changed when you reset your router:
- Router username and password
- Wi-Fi username and password
- ISP username and password
- Any port you have installed
- Any firewall settings you have made
- Mostly, any configuration changes you have made to your router.
As you can probably tell from the list above, resetting your router is a serious business, proceed with caution.
- To reset your router, find the small reset button that is usually located on the back of the router.
- When the router is powered on, use the pin or end of a paper clip to press and hold the reset button. If you need to hold for about 10 seconds.
- Usually, you will want to wait for the lights to change on the router. Depending on the make and model of your router, the lights may start blinking and turning to solid or they can change to solid and blinking.
When you let the reset button go, the router should reset to factory settings.
Method #2 – How to Reset WiFi Router
Physical Plug Unplug (Hard Reset)
Resetting a wireless router is a fairly simple task, but the consequences are very serious, meaning you’ll need to spend a lot of time setting your everything back. When you reset the wireless router, you will lose all settings, including the following:
- ISP Username
- Port you have Installed
- Firewall Settings
Almost all modern routers can be reset by following a simple procedure. Flip the router upside down or look on the back for a small hole with the word RESET on it. Now all you have to do is find a small paper clip and stick one end into the hole when the router is on.
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Normally you should hold the button for 10-15 seconds. At this point, you should see the wireless router’s lights flash, blink, or simply reboot. After a full reset, the router returns to its original factory default state.
Power On & Off
The power to close and reopen the router is called power cycling. This is used to remove glitches that cause a router to drop connections such as corruption or overheating the unit’s internal memory. Power Cycles do not erase security keys and passwords, or other saved settings using the router console.
To Power the Router
- Turn off the power to the router. Either turn-off the power or unplug the power cord.
- On the battery-powered router, remove the battery.
It is not necessary to wait more than a few seconds between unplugging and resetting the router power cord. With a hard reset, it takes time after the power is restored for the router to resume operations.
Method #3 – How to Reset WiFi Router
Soft Reset (Web Admin)
The third way to reset the router is to restore the factory defaults from inside the web admin interface. While troubleshooting Internet connectivity issues, it can help reset the connection between the router and the modem. This may involve simply removing the physical connection between the two, not manipulating the software, or disabling power.
Compared to other types of resets, soft resets come into effect almost immediately because they do not require rebooting the router.
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To perform a soft reset, unplug the cable connecting the router to the modem, then plug it back in after a few seconds. Some routers may have a different method to perform a soft reset.
- Look for the disconnect / connect button on the console. This loses the connection between the modem and the service provider.
- Open the router console and in the menu, select Reset Factory Defaults or something similar. This feature replaces the router’s custom settings (such as passwords and keys) with the original reset, without requiring a hard reset at the factory.
- Locate the Security Reset button on the Wi-Fi console screen. Press this button to change the router’s wireless network subset of options, with shortcomings as you leave other options unchanged. Notably, router name (SSID), wireless encryption, and Wi-Fi channel number options are all back.
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As you can see, there is a lot more to learning about repairing your router than you might at first think. Unfortunately, it is not possible to solve all problems with network recovery modems. More complex problems require more diagnostic and troubleshooting techniques.