Generic instructions for resetting a wireless router

by on January 6, 2009

Q: I want to change settings on my wireless router but my router keeps asking me for a password. I do not remember my router’s password.

A: I recommend that you perform a “hard reset” on your wireless router. A hard reset should remove all changes you have made to the router in the past, resetting the router to its factory settings.

Start by looking for a hidden button called reset on the back of your router. This button is probably designed in such a way that you cannot press it with your fingers. While your router is turned on, use the end of a paperclip to press the reset button for 10-15 seconds. To prevent damaging your router, DO NOT use a pencil of any kind to press the reset button.

Next, use the software that came with your router to re-enter your wireless network settings. If you choose to enter settings that are different than you were using previously, you may also need to change some of the wireless settings in your computers. Consult your wireless router’s owner’s manual for more information.

Tip: Always use good security with your wireless network. WPA2 is the best security for wireless networks, and is supported in Windows XP (Service Pack 3 only), Windows Vista, and most versions of Mac OS X. WPA is the next best kind of security. If you need to use the older WEP security, use WEP Open because WEP Shared is very insecure.