The 12 Steps to Resetting Your Home Network Router (2018 Update)

No doubt you’ve experienced them:

The problems which come with slow Wi-Fi speeds.

Despite paying for more, most of us are getting less broadband speed. While telecom engineers try to fix the problem, you can speed up your Wi-Fi just by resetting your network router.

Will it work, I hear you ask?

Of course, it will. For, of the many ways you can speed up your Wi-Fi, resetting your network router is the most foolproof. Do as described in the below mentioned reset methods, and your router will start working from scratch to give its optimal performance. Our list of the best wireless routers is a good place to start the search for a router with good performance.

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What You Need to Do Before Resetting Your Network Router?

Resetting your network router isn’t fun, you are going to lose you Wi-Fi name and password with it. Similar is the case with any personalized settings you may have set in the device’s interface such as bandwidth limit or parental controls. Therefore, before resetting it, make sure you’ve done the following things:

Restart it

Since our objective is better Wi-Fi speed, you should first just restart the router. However, before restarting it, make sure you have either turned off or disconnected all the devices which connect to the Internet.

Once you’ve done this, you can restart the device by unplugging both the modem and router from the power AND the internet sources.

Next, wait for two minutes so that your router clears its cache before shutting down.

After the completion of the two minutes, reconnect the router to its power and internet sources. Give it some time so that all the lights on the router start flashing. Finally, try to reconnect your mobile or computer to the Internet.

If you feel that restarting the router has a good effect on the Wi-Fi speed, you don’t need to reset it. Otherwise, scroll down.

Save Your Settings

Saving your router’s settings is specially recommended if you are NOT using a router supplied by your local Internet provider. For, in such a scenario, you might have changed its settings to boost its performance.

To save your router settings, just log into its user interface. Once there, save all the settings to a file (you will find this option in the web interface of most routers). Afterward, just log out.

Resetting Your Router: Hard Reset Method

A hard reset is the most common type of reset usually employed by administrators who have forgotten their router password. However, as you might guess, persons experiencing difficulties with their Wi-Fi speed can also take advantage of this method.

Since a hard reset will reset all your settings to default, settings such as parental controls will be removed. However, it won’t remove any firmware version you may have installed.

Finally, before you embark on this method, make sure to disconnect your router from the Internet source. Otherwise, you may experience internet connectivity problems afterward.


Locate the Reset Button

  • In most cases, the reset button is on the router’s back. If you can’t find it there, check your router’s bottom. Make sure that the router remains powered all through this.


  • Usually, the reset button is so small that your finger nails might not reach it. So you might need a pointy item such as a paper clip to press the reset button for 30seconds. There is an alternative method which favors pressing the button for 90seconds. You can try it if the 30second method fails.


  • Regardless of the method you may have used, wait at least 30seconds after releasing the reset button for the router to completely reset and gain its electric supply back.

Reattach and connect

  • Once you see the lights blinking and becoming stable on your router, it means it is ready to be used. Here, try connecting any Wi-Fi supporting device to your router. Type “admin” as both username and password to reconnect.

Resetting Your Router: Power Cycling Method

If you are vary of losing any of your router settings, the power cycling method may come handy. Unlike the hard reset method, however, it won’t improve your Wi-Fi speed. Rather, all it would do is to remove any glitches which were either overheating or causing connection disruption inside your router. (check our list of best cheap routers of 2018)


Disconnect all the devices

  • Just like the hard reset method, you need to disconnect all devices from your router before resetting it using this method.

Switch it off

  • If your router doesn’t have an on/off switch located on its back side, simply pull the plug on its powered cord. Conversely, if you are using a battery powered device, it might require you to remove their batteries.


  • I know this might seem frustrating but waiting is the most important part. Even though it won’t be clearing the settings, you need to give your device the time to clear its cache. Therefore, better wait 30seconds.

Restart and reconnect

  • After resetting your device, it might take it some time to resume its operation. Connect your devices once the lights on your router have become stable.

Resetting Your Router: Soft Reset Method

If you are experiencing problems with internet connectivity, you can use a soft reset method for troubleshooting. The difference between a soft and hard reset lies in the data which is available to you after resetting the router.

Put simply, while a hard reset wipes out all the data, a soft reset will make sure your credentials remain untouched. Similarly, you don’t have to disconnect all your devices.

However, just like in a hard reset, soft resetting will change the following settings to default (Parental Control, Traffic Control, DHCP services, and Wi-Fi).

Here’s how you can soft reset your router:


Go to your router’s interface

  • For this, you have to type in your IP address in your browser’s search bar. Up next, you’ll see two small, empty menu bars preceded by one heading each. These headings will require you to enter your “username” and “password”. Enter admin in both the empty spaces to move forward.


  • Once inside your router’s user interface, you’ll see a plethora of headings. Depending on the type of your router, you can find the soft reset button under headings like Advanced, Administration, Maintenance or System.

Soft Reset

  • During your search, you should find a button with the name “Restore Factory Settings” or “Restore Defaults”. This button will do the same thing as your device’s physical reset button.


  • Once you have reset your device using this method, your device will no longer be able to connect to the internet.
  • Fear not as this means that you have successfully reset your device. Now, you need to connect to your device by entering “admin” as the password. Once you do it, you should be good to go.


You aren’t the only person in the world facing either slow Wi-Fi speeds or internet connectivity issues. However, you might be the only one in your neighborhood to get rid of it provided you use any of the abovementioned security reset methods.

These methods, by restoring factory default settings, should remove any problems you may have been encountering of late.

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