This guide teaches you how to hard reset a router. Hard resetting a router restores the router to its factory default settings. The most common reason to hard reset a router is to reset the router user name and password.
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Performing a hard reset on your router will reset your router to its factory default settings. This means that the router user name and password will be reset to their default settings also. After hard resetting your router you should be able to log in using the default user name and password for your router.
Wait! Before hard resetting your router, we suggest that try a few troubleshooting steps that might get you logged in. Follow these three steps to troubleshoot.
Make sure that you are using the correct IP address to log in to your router. If you are unsure of your router's IP address then please take a look at our How to Find Your Router's IP Addresses page.
If you are unable to login to your router, try logging in to your router using your router's default user name and password. The default router user names and passwords for each router can be accessed on our default user name and password page.
If the steps above were not enough to get you logged in to your router then it's time to hard reset your router. Please note that hard resetting your router will reset all of your router's settings to their default settings. Your router might use a different default IP address than the IP address you are currently using. If you have trouble after hard resetting your router, please refer to TroubleShooting Step #1.
On the back or bottom of your router you should find a small pin sized reset button.
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