If you have been trying out the various features of your wireless network, you may wonder how to remotely reset a router. The best routers, after all, allow for remote resets and all kinds of other adjustments on the fly. Why remotely reset a router and how to do it? Keep reading to find out.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Router reboots are a good way to speed up your Internet connection or to eliminate malware from the device.
  • You can do this kind of remote management by entering the wireless router’s IP address into a standard web browser, logging in with your network credentials such as default username and password.
  • Look for a setting devoted to resetting the wireless router or restoring it to its factory default settings. Enabling this is essentially a remote power switch or reset button.

Why Remotely Reset a Router?

The main reasons are to speed up your Internet connection and eliminate malware. Most routers allow for a full reset via a trigger switch on the exterior of the device, but not all routers have this and you may not even be home to do it. Fortunately, you can perform this action remotely in most cases, so you won’t have to learn how to block an IP address from a router if there are security concerns.

How to Reboot a Router Remotely

This process is slightly different according to make and model but there are many similarities, just as when you are learning how to check what ports are open on a router. We have tried to keep these guidelines as universal as possible to help the maximum amount of users.

Insider Tip

You can also change just about any router setting remotely via the aforementioned method.

STEP 1

Assuming your network is functioning properly, open up any web browser no matter where you are, so long as you have a good Internet connection. This is obviously faster on your home network but it can truly be done almost anywhere.

STEP 2

Have your router’s login information handy, including the public IP address, the network name, and password. Keep this information written down in your wallet or in a smartphone note-taking app.

STEP 3

Open up any web browser and input your router’s static IP address into the address bar field. It’ll lead to a login page for your router. Enter the login credentials and head to the settings application.

STEP 4

Look for a setting devoted to resetting a router or restoring a router to its factory settings. Enable this process and press enter. The settings page should let you know when the reset has been completed. You may also want to check in with anyone on your wireless network to see if it took.

F.A.Q.S

What does it mean to reset a router?

Resetting a router restores all settings to factory default, though there are many reset options available to modern consumers.


How to remotely reboot a modem or router when you’re away?

This process can also be done for a modem via remote access in most cases without having to fiddle with its power cord.


Where to find your model number?

To find your model number, default password, and any other useful default setting, check the exterior of the router itself.



STAT: A router reboot process can take up to two minutes and is finished when the LED lights have all lit up. (source)

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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