We all hope our cable Internet modem will keep humming along like a well-oiled machine. But that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes, the only solution is to reset the device. This article will tell you how to reset Netgear router and also give you tips on other maintenance you may need to perform.
How to Reset Netgear Router
This depends on the model. We’ll cover both types below.
Most Netgear Routers
This includes Netgear models WNDR3300, WNR3500, WGT624, WPN824, DGN2000 and N300, These models have a reset button on the back of the modem. To reset these modems, follow the steps below:
- Take a paper clip and push it into the hole marked ‘Restore Factory Settings.’
- Don’t push it too hard or you could damage the modem. Use just enough pressure so you can feel the button move.
- Hold the paper clip in this position for at least seven seconds. The Power light should start to blink.
- Release the button and the modem will reboot.
Other Netgear Router Models
For how to reset Netgear router models DGN2000 and DG834Gv5, things are slightly more complicated, since there is no reset button on the back of the modem. To reset these routers, follow the instructions below:
- Identify where the ‘Wireless On/Off’ and ‘WPS’ buttons are.
- Hold both buttons down at the same time.
- Hold them for at least six seconds or until the Power light starts to blink.
- Release the buttons and the modem will reboot.
One Thing to Know
When you reset your Netgear router, you are returning it to the settings it had when it left the factory. Any custom settings you put into your modem are erased, and they are not recoverable. If you have made any modifications to factory settings, you will have to re-input them.
How to Reset Netgear Router Using a Browser Window
You can also reset your router using a web browser. In addition, if you need to change your router’s configuration, such as changing your router ID or password, this method will work well to save your new settings..
- Open a browser window.
- In the URL box, type in either 192.168.1.1 or, if that doesn’t work, 192.168.0.1 This is the default IP address for almost all routers.
- If neither of those work (very unusual), check the back of your router for a sticker that lists your router’s unique IP address and type that in.
- Enter the router’s username and password into the appropriate fields.
- If you don’t know the username or password, try the default username of admin and password of “password,” “admin,” or 1234.
- If neither of those work, reset the modem using the above manual methods.
- Once you’ve reset the modem, the default username/password will work.
Getting Further Information
If you need more information on any of these topics, or need to know how to navigate the various options your modem has, then refer to your Netgear documentation.
If you don’t have a hard copy of the modem’s documentation, you can download it from Netgear directly on their site.