How to reset any router or modem
And get the password and settings back to factory defaults
If any of the following is your router/modem brand, please go there for the specific instructions.
Arris ASUS AT&T Belkin Cisco D-Link Linksys Netgear TP-LINK Verizon Xfinity
If your router is acting up, or you have forgotten your password, you can reset it to get it back to the defaults. To perform a reset there are usually three ways it can be done:
- Through the admin interface of the device
- Pressing the reset button
- Doing the 30-30-30 reset
When you reset your router all the current settings will also be lost, consider this before performing the reset.
Option 1: Reset through the admin interface
If your router configuration is still working, and you know the admin password, you can use this option to reset the router.
Once you have all things needed from the checklist we can continue to resetting the router.
- Open a web browser of your choosing (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, ..)
http://xxx.yyy.zzz.ooo(replace with your routers IP address)
- Login to your device with your credentials
Navigating to the reset page differs a bit from router to router, but see if you can find any of the following paths in the admin:
- Administration > Restore/Save/Upload Settings
- Administration > Factory defaults
- System > Backup/Restore
- Settings > Administration > Factory Reset
- Advanced > System > Restore
- Advanced Settings > Restore Factory defaults
- Other similar paths, above examples will help.
- Click the factory reset / restore option and confirm if needed
- Wait for a while for the router to reboot.
Option 2: Pressing the reset button
If you don't remember your password or your router configuration is not working, this is probably the way to go.
- Physical access to the router/modem.
- A paperclip or similar sharp object. (This might not be needed, depending on reset button)
Step 1: Locate the reset button
The reset button is usually hidden inside a small hole, but sometimes also sticking out like a normal button.
Step 2: Perform the reset sequence
The reset sequence for your router is as follows:
- Ensure that the device is powered on
- Press and hold the reset button for at least 7 seconds.
- When the LED lights start flashing, let go of the reset button
- Wait a minute or so for the LED lights to start lighting as usual.
Option 3: Doing the 30-30-30 reset
This is more of a fallback option, and quite similar to Option 2 in that it will require physical access to the device.
As the name implies, the 30-30-30 reset is about performing the reset sequence in 30s increments.
To perform a 30-30-30 reset read our guide on How to perform the 30-30-30 reset