Routers are electronic devices which help in connecting multiple computer networks together via either wired or wireless connections. The routers work flawlessly once they are configured to your desired settings. However, there might be situations when the configuration might get disturbed. In such a case, you might have to reset your router.
Why do we need to reset a router?
A router performs very complicated tasks for making sure that all transmissions and communications are being conducted efficiently. Like any other electronic devices, many problems can occur while using a router.
There might be bugs, loops or some kind of operation in a router which might slow down the router or create some other nuisance or damage. That can be solved by resetting a router whenever required.
Sometimes there might be bugs that freeze the router, and hence the router stops working or in simple words, hangs. Routers might heat up at times, causing degradation in performance. Also heating up is not good for the router. Since there is not any other solution, all you can do is reset the router. Another reason for resetting the modem can be to flush configuration changes.
Forgot the router’s password? Reset it.
When you reset the router to its default factory settings, it will also reset the password and SSID of the router. The default settings are the settings which were configured when you first bought the router.
How to reset your router?
Hard reset is the standard type of resetting a modem or router. It is done only when the user wants to start over with fresh settings or has forgotten the password. Hard reset can remove the password, username, security key, custom DNS server and other customized settings. However, it cannot remove the currently installed version of router firmware.
Here is the method to hard reset the router
Step 1: First turn on the router, search for the Reset button. It might be on the back of the router.
Step 2: Use the small ejector pin and insert it into the socket and hold it for 30 seconds to reset the router.
Step 3: After releasing the pin, wait for another 30 seconds for the router for reset entirely and wait for it to restart.
Step 4: Now, access the setup page of your router via the assigned IP address: 192.168.l.l.
Please Note: The login IP is different for every type of routers, for instace JioFi routers use the login IP jiofi.local.html and tplink routers use tp-linkwifi.net. You can see your router box to know the correct login IP for your router.
Step 5: Login to your router and make the necessary changes in the configurations to make it work as per your wish!
How to soft reset the router?
Soft reset is another way of resetting the router or modem without hard setting it. When you are suffering issues like that of an internet connection, the soft reset is the solution to your problem. You do not need to execute cumbersome steps to soft reset your router.
All you need to do is:
Step 1- Turn off your router and remove the power connection of the router.
Step 2- Then, reconnect it after a few seconds and turn your router on.
Some of the routers have a Disconnect/Connect option. You can use that option to soft reset your router.
Sometimes, people change some settings and forget about it, failing in the proper functioning of the router. Thus, many routers also provide with “Restore to factory settings” option which resets your router to the default settings.
In this guide, we have explained the reasons due to which you might need to reset your router. Also, we have provided with the methods for resetting your router. If you still have any kind of doubt, then please let us know about it in the comments section below.