Are you looking for a way to factory reset a Netgear router? Whether your router isn’t working properly, or you are not getting good speed with it, resetting it can help. But how to reset the router? Below in this article, you will find a detailed process to reset any Netgear router.
Understanding The Impact Of The Reset:
- Resetting the router will erase all the user settings and data that you’ve personalized. It will be the factory’s default.
- Your saved username and password will erase.
- The SSID and password to access the connection will change, as well.
- You can’t use a VPN while resetting the router. Also, if you had any VPN set-up, it will delete and uninstall.
- If you made any firmware updates regarding the router, you would have to reinstall them.
Reasons To Reset Your NetGear Router:
There can be countless reasons for you to reset your router. But it is pivotal to understand and realize that it is the last resort for you. You should conduct a factory reset on a NetGear router for the following reasons:
- If your router is not working correctly, the problems can cause a malfunction or something worse.
- Is your router failing to catch or provide proper signal strength? You can consider resetting.
- If you’ve forgotten the password to access and the security questions didn’t help, either.
- Even with a Wi-fi card and connection, if the router fails to detect the connection, you might want to reset.
Remember to check for physical limitations like hardware placement and any physical damage. A factory reset won’t solve these problems in any way.
Guide To Factory Reset Your Netgear Router:
Before you begin with the guide, make sure that your router’s power cable and supply are optimally working. You need to ensure that there won’t be any power cut or network cut. The supply for both of these is essential for the router to reset optimally. Recheck the wi-fi card, if your router uses that, and so on.
Once you’re sure that there isn’t any physical, power, or network obstruction, you may begin with the reset. Here are the three known methods and a guide to assist you:
Using The Web Interface:
This should be your ‘go-to’ option, especially if you have a PC. First, even if you have a wireless connection, use the ethernet cable. Set up a wired connection with the PC or laptop you will use to reset the router. This will eliminate any interruptions in signals and ensure proper connectivity for reset. Of course, you can also use a modem with the connection.
Once you are done setting up the connection, follow these steps:
- Find the IP address for your connection and router (steps given in FAQs)
- Open the internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, any) and type in the IP address.
- Usually, the IP address would be: 192.168.1.1
- If this seems like a complicated process, you can also attempt routerlogin.net. It is a straightforward method and doesn’t require you to know the IP address of your router.
- On the log-in page, you will have to write down the username and password. These are the ones to access your router’s settings. So SSID and connection password won’t work. (steps are given in the FAQs)
- Once you have logged inside the settings, find the ‘Settings Backup’ option and go to ‘Maintenance’ in there.
- There, you will find an ‘Erase’ option, which will assist you in deleting the settings and restoring them to default options.
- Your work isn’t done after resetting. You would have to relog and then go to the Maintenance tab again.
- In there, you will find the Diagnostic tab.
- From there, select reboot and initiate.
Wait for the router to restart. Once loaded, you will be back to the default options and credentials. If you’re unsure, you can manually restart by switching the power off and on.
Using The Nighthawk App:
The best part about using the Nighthawk app for the Netgear router is that you don’t need to have a PC or laptop. There isn’t any need for you to have wired connectivity either. You can even do it remotely from another connection if you are logged in.
However, if you’re using the app for the first time, you would have to set it up using the Netgear router’s connection with username and password. You can download and set up the app for Android, and iOS. Make sure to set up the app. Apart from that, the steps are quite easy:
- Open the Nighthawk app.
- Find settings, which should be easy, as the interface is minimalist.
- Find the ‘reset’ option.
- Initiate and confirm.
Yes, it is pretty handy and efficient. This primarily works as a soft reset for your router.
Using The Reset Button:
If you don’t want to go through an array of steps like above, this is the best option. Most people prefer this as their ‘go-to.’ Of course, if you don’t remember your username and password or fail to set up the Nighthawk app, this is indeed the best option and also the last resort. Here is a quick guide to help you:
- First, make sure that your router is adequately powered and turn it on.
- Look into the backside of your router, you will find something written as ‘reset.’ But there won’t be any button.
- There will be a tiny hole, and you will need either a pin, needle, or a paperclip to reset the Netgear router.
- Gently insert the pin in that hole and make sure that you feel the press. As you do, don’t use too much strength. Just gently hold it.
- You need to hold it for around 45 seconds for the router to reset. Don’t worry. You won’t get shocked with the power on.
- This will initiate a reset, and you should be good to go.
- Now, restart your router and modem once, and everything should be fine.
Guide For Netgear WGR614V9 Router:
Netgear WGR614V9 routers and other similar ones will have to rely on the manual option to reset them. For these, you have to stick to the reset button. However, instead of 30-45 seconds, these routers require you to hold the pin for around 7 to 10 seconds. To be safe, hold it for 10 seconds, and the router will reset. That’s the only difference. Apart from this, the entire process will be the same as the typical Netgear router.
For DGN2000 OR DG834GV5 Routers:
These Netgear routers don’t come with a reset button. If your router doesn’t have a reset button for a pin or anything else, then it might be of this version. These routers require a different set of steps explained below. Follow with:
- Click on the on/off button for the wireless settings. Hold onto it and also press the WPS button provided separately. (It is something similar to holding volume down and power button for android mobiles)
- Hold for around six seconds, and the LED will start to blink.
- Release the power button and WPS button. The rebooting will initiate.
- Wait for the reset process to finish.
Just like any other router, your entire configuration, settings, and data will be lost. So make sure to reset thoroughly.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Ans: There isn’t any hard-imposed limit on the number of times you can reset the router. If required, you can reset it as many times as you like. However, remember that it will delete all your personalized settings, SSID, password, and much more. So, make sure that it is something you want.
And no, resetting the router frequently won’t mess with your router, malfunction it, or anything else.
Ans: For windows users, you can start the command prompt and type ‘ipconfig.’ The section ‘IPV4 gateway’ if your IP. Correlatively, Apple macOS users will find it in the network settings in the details. Both of these options are easy to find.
There’s no point in using third-party apps as those are risky. Platforms like Google and FindMyIP won’t work with the latest IPV6 security, which encrypts your IP address. Therefore, you would have to find the IP address manually. If it is too much, you can just try the default IP mentioned above or use routerlogin.net.
- Default Username: admin
- Default Password: password
These credentials seem to work with almost every NetGear Router. However, if you find it ineffective, you can check the backside of your internet router. Usually, there you will find any custom or default username and password.
Of course, if you recently set a password for login and forgot, you can click on ‘cancel’ on the router log-in page. This will take you to security questions to recover passwords. If that doesn’t pan out, just manually reset the router and use the default credentials.
Ans: Yes. The router login password and username allowing you to log into the router’s setting through the above-given methods. Your connection’s name is known as SSID, while the password is more of a key for the devices to pass to connect with the network. You can’t use these to access your router settings and vice versa.
That wraps up every known step to factory reset a Netgear router. We tried to cover different models and all the known methods.
This is your one-stop solution to learn how to reset Netgear routers. Even though the company is different, you can try most of these steps on other routers. So, go ahead and don’t let anything stop you anymore.