If you’re planning to sell your router and replace it with a new one or its performance is slow and isn’t like how it’s supposed to be because of malware attack, then you should reset it back to its factory settings first. Resetting your router means all the customized settings you’ve made in it will be wiped out and its default or factory settings will be back again. It’s like you have a new router.
Most people think that resetting and rebooting is the same – it’s not. Rebooting will just restart your router, shutting it down and starting it back again without any changes in the settings. But, if you reset your router, on the other hand, all your data including your Wifi network details, customized username, passwords, and other changed settings will be removed or deleted.
Factory resetting is a great option if you want to dispose your router or you want to sell it. The next owner of the router won’t be able to get your personal information if you do this. However, if you’re just doing it to improve your router’s performance and to remove the malware that slows it down, make sure that the settings you’ve made have a copy before resetting because all customized settings will be erased and there’s no way that you can bring them back. These settings can be found online or in your manual. All you have to do is look for the modem model’s manual or search your router on the web.
Reset Your Router
1. Make sure that your router is plugged in before resetting.
2. At the bottom or on the back of your router, look for the reset button.
3. Once you’ve found the reset button, hold it down for 30 seconds. Use a paperclip to do this.
4. After 30 seconds, release the button and wait until the power of your router turns back on.
Using your router’s web interface configuration is required if it doesn’t have a reset button. See the guide below.
Reset from Configuration Page
1. Open your web browser. Any type of web browser is applicable, including Chrome, Firefox, and more. Type the IP address of your router into the search field of the browser.
2. Your router’s password and the username might be required to proceed, so you should know what your router’s login information is. If username and password are needed and you don’t know where to find it or you didn’t change it, you will them at the bottom or on the back of your router device.
3. Once done, go to System Tools or System. The name depends on what type of router is in your home.
4. In the menu, look for the Factory Default or Restore option. Once you’ve found it, click the Reset or Restore button.
5. After that, click OK to confirm and proceed.
6. You have to wait for the reboot. Once your router turns on again, resetting is done.
Resetting Your Modem
If you don’t have a Wifi router at home, you can also reset your modem, too. Depending on what mod or type of modem you have, the resetting steps will be different on each model. However, when it comes to the basics, the steps are just the same. Here’s the guide.
1. Make sure that your modem is plugged in before resetting.
2. At the bottom or on the back of your modem, look for the reset button.
3. Once you’ve found the reset button, hold it down. Use a paperclip to do this.
4. Release the button and wait until the power of your modem turns back on. As a signal, modem lights will start flickering when it’s turned on again.
5. Look for the internet light and wait for it to turn green. Once it turns green, then you’re done with the modem resetting.