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How To Reset a TP-Link Router


Have you forgotten the TP-Link password and now want to reset the router? Most users find it difficult; however, this process is pretty simple.

Quick Answer

To reset the TP-Link router, switch it on and long press the “Reset” button on the router for 5-10 seconds. After the LED light starts flashing, release the button, and the TP-Link router reboots. You can also reset the router from its web-based utility.

To ease the task for you, we took the time to write a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to reset the TP-Link router. We will also explore the process for configuring TP-Link and setting up parental controls on the router.

Resetting a TP-Link Router

If you don’t know how to reset the TP-Link router, our following 2 step-by-step methods will help you do this task without facing much trouble.

Method #1: Via the Reset Button

You can reset the TP-Link router by pressing the “Reset” button with the help of these steps.

  1. Switch on the TP-Link router.
  2. Long press the “WPS/Reset” button for 5-10 seconds on the router.
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  3. After the LED light on the router starts flashing, release the “WPS/Reset” button.
All Done!

Now, the TP-Link router restarts and resets to factory settings.

Method #2: Via the Web Panel

If you want to reset the TP-Link router through the web panel, follow these steps.

Step #1: Log Into TP-Link Router’s Web Interface

In the first step, you need to log into the router’s web utility. To do this, connect your computer to TP-Link Wi-Fi and launch a browser. 

Head to the TP-Link web portal and enter your credentials to log into the router.

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Quick Tip

Usually, the default username and password is “admin” on most routers’ web panels.

Step #2: Reset the TP-Link Router

In the next step, reset the TP-Link router by navigating to the “Advanced” tab and clicking “System Tools”. Next, select “Backup & Restore”, choose “Factory Default Restore”, and click “Factory Restore”.

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That’s It!

Now, the TP-Link router will restart and reset to the default settings.

Setting Up a TP-Link Router

After resetting the TP-Link router, you can set it up again by following these steps.

Step #1: Prepare the TP-Link Router

In the first step, you need to prepare the TP-Link router. To do this, plug the router into an external supply to turn it on. You can either wirelessly connect your computer to the router or use an Ethernet cable.

Step #2: Set Up Your Computer

In the second step, set up your computer to obtain the IP address of the TP-Link router. To do this, turn on the computer, launch the Control Panel, click “Network & Internet”, and select “Network Connections”.

Head to “Ethernet” and click “Properties”. Select “Internet Protocol Version 4” from the list and open “Properties”. Head to the “General” tab and choose “Obtain an IP address automatically”. Also, choose “Obtain DNS server address automatically”. Lastly, click “OK”.

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Step #3: Set Up the TP-Link Router

In the last step, launch a browser on your computer, enter “” into the address bar, and use your credentials to log into the router. Choose “Time Zone” from the “Quick Setup” window and click “Next”. Select your network connection from the options or click “Auto Detect”.

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Enter your default IP address, username, and password and click “Save”. You will be redirected to a login page. Click “Login Later” to skip this step and click “Finish”.

All Set!

You’ve successfully set up the TP-Link router, and you can connect and use your devices.

Setting Parental Controls on a TP-Link Router

If you want to block a particular website on your device, follow these steps to set up parental controls on the TP-Link router.

  1. Turn on your computer, launch a browser, and visit the TP-Link web portal.
  2. Use your credentials to sign in to your account.
  3. Head to the “Basic” tab and select “Parental Controls” from the left menu.
  4. Choose “Add” from the corner of the screen.
  5. Enter a profile name and choose the “+” icon.
  6. Select a device and click “Next”.
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All Done!

Follow the on-screen instructions and click “Save” at the end to successfully set up parental controls on the TP-Link router.

More Info

You can also set daily and bedtime limits on devices from the parental control settings. Also, you can add more than one restricted device to the TP-Link router. 


This guide discussed resetting the TP-Link router via the WPS/Reset button and the web interface. We’ve also discussed setting up the router again after resetting.

Moreover, we’ve shared a method for setting up parental controls on the TP-Link router.

Hopefully, your question is answered in the article, and the router is now reconfigured with new settings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I set up a TP-Link router with my phone?

If you don’t have a computer, you can set up a TP-Link router with your Android or iOS device. To do this, you need to install the Tether app on your phone.

How often should I reset a TP-Link router?

You need to reset your TP-Link router if you are facing connectivity issues, slow internet speed, and want to remove unwanted devices. It is recommended to reboot the router at least once a month

What happens when I reset my TP-Link router?

If you reset the TP-Link router, all the settings are deleted, and the modem returns to the default settings.

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