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How To Reset a D-Link Router

D-Link Router

Are you facing Wi-Fi signal strength or internet speed issues with your D-Link router forcing you to reset it? Luckily, performing a reset process on the router is not as complicated as it seems.

Quick Answer

To reset your D-Link router, plug it into a power source and turn it on. Take a paper clip and straighten its end. Find the “RESET” port on the back of your router and insert the paper clip into it. Hold it in for 10 seconds and let go. Your device will be reset when the “WLAN” light at the front stops blinking.

We have created a comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide with step-by-step instructions on resetting your D-Link router with minimal effort.

Resetting a D-Link Router

If you don’t know how to reset your D-Link router, our 3 easy methods will help you go through the whole process quickly.

Method #1: Hard Resetting

To restore your D-Link to its factory settings, hard reset it by following the steps below.

  1. Plug the router into a power source and turn it on.
  2. Take a paper clip and straighten its end.
  3. Find the “RESET” port on the back of the router.
  4. Insert the paper clip into the router and hold it for 10 seconds.
  5. Wait for the “WLAN” light at the front to stop blinking.
That’s It!

Your D-Link router is now reset, and your custom settings are removed. However, you will still have the existing firmware.

Method #2: Soft Resetting

If you don’t want to reset your D-Link router physically, you can do it with the router’s web user interface by doing the given steps.

  1. Launch a web browser, write “192.168.0.1” in the address bar, and hit Enter. 
  2. Input the default username admin” and leave the password field blank.
  3. Click “Log In” and navigate to the “Maintenance” tab from the main dashboard.
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  4. Select “Reboot/Reset System”
  5. Click “Reset”.
  6. Wait for your device to reset.
Keep in Mind

This method will reset all your custom settings, but the firmware will stay the same. Therefore, it is better to reset the router physically, as described in Method #1.

Method #3: Crash Resetting

If the hard reset method doesn’t work for you, you can try to do a crash reset on your router with the given steps.

  1. Unplug your router from the main power source to turn it off.
  2. Take a paper clip and straighten its end.
  3. Find the “RESET” port on the back of the router.
  4. Insert the paper clip into the router and hold it for 10 seconds.
  5. While holding the clip, plug the router in again and turn it on.
  6. Wait for 10 more seconds while holding the clip in place and release.
All Done!

Your D-Link router will restart itself, and it will go back to its default settings. Remember that this reset will also remove the firmware you currently have. When you try to re-login, you will be asked for a firmware file which you can download from the D-Link source.

Setting Up Your D-Link Router

Once you’ve reset your D-Link router to its factory settings, you’ll need to configure the settings again to your preferences to use the internet. 

Follow the given steps to reconfigure and set up your D-Link router.

Step #1: Log In to the D-Link Web UI

Connect your router to a computer using the Ethernet cable. Launch a web browser, write “192.168.0.1” in the address bar, and hit Enter. Type in the default “admin” username and leave the password field empty. Click “Log In”.

Step #2: WAN and Wireless Set Up

In the “WAN Setup” section, select “PPPoE” in the “Connect type” field and enter the username and password that was provided to you by your Internet Service Provider to confirm this action.

In the “Wireless Setup”, add your desired username in the “SSID” field, and create a strong password for the “Key” field. Click “Save and Connect”. Once again, write the default username “admin” on the login page and leave the password field blank. Click “Log In”.

Step #3: Reboot the Router

On the page that opens, navigate to “Maintenance” and click on “Reboot” in the “Reboot/Reset System” section. The router will take around 35 seconds to reboot.

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You’re All Set!

You can now connect to the internet with your new configurations.

Summary

In this guide, we have discussed 3 different methods to reset your D-Link router. We also discussed setting up the D-Link router after resetting it to factory settings.

Hopefully, with one of these methods, you’ll be able to enjoy a smooth connection to the internet after resetting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will resetting my router mess up my internet?

If your internet goes down, one of the first things you need to do is reset your router. Resetting your router will clear your connection preferences, stop malicious network attacks, and remove unwanted devices from your network.

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