There are times when we need to reset the router settings to the factory default.
- Cannot login to router because of forgotten password
- Settings are unrecoverable
- Too many settings have been tampered with, and you want to start fresh
- You may want to start fresh and will restore a backup configuration
- Any other valid reason, lol :P
To reset the router, there are two options, depending on the situation and hardware model:
- Login to the router administration page and select “Restore to factory settings”
- Reset the router manually by pressing the reset button. To know more information how, visit: eHow.com: How to Reset Router
Some things you may need to remember before resetting the router:
- Try to remember the default administrator site and login details. If you don’t remember, you can find the list of the default user name and passwords for most routers here: RouterPasswords.com
- You must really be sure that you want or need to reset it :P
After resetting the router, you may encounter a problem on not being able to login using the default router administration page. Usually the default address of this page is http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1. One thing that may be causing the failure in accessing the web page is your computer IP settings. I had this problem when I restarted the router connecting the server to the internet. You may need to change the IP settings, that is, Obtain an IP address automatically, and Obtain DNS Server Address automatically. Without a DHCP server, the router will be the one to assign an IP address to the computer where you will change the router settings. After this step, you should be able to access the administration page and login successfully.