How do I Reset my Netgear WiFi Router

Fortunately, there’s a simple answer to the question. Almost all home networking routers have a reset button located on the bottom or back panel of the device. It’s often got a red ring around it. For Netgear router reset process, you have to make use of a straightened paper clip, pen or a pin to press the hole for a few seconds, and your Netgear device will be restored to its out-of-the-box condition that will include the default login credentials (usernames and passwords), but not the pesky (annoying) malware.

But hold on! There are some caveats (cautions). In most cases, you have to hold down the reset button only for a couple of seconds for the reset process to take effect.

This tutorial teaches you how to reset your Netgear wireless router back to its factory defaults values.

On Most Netgear WiFi Routers

  • Locate the Reset button first on your Netgear device. It’s located on the back of the Netgear router and is labeled as “Restore Factory Settings” or “Reset”.
  • The button is small and recessed (fixed) to avoid accidental resets.
  • Prior to inserting a paper clip into the factory reset hole, make sure that your hands are clean and you are standing on a dry surface.
  • Now, be gentle and press and hold the reset button. When you see that the power light has begun to flash, release the button.
  • Your Netgear router will reboot automatically and the power light will turn to solid green.

Good Job! You have successfully restored your Netgear router back to its factory default settings. For more Netgear troubleshooting tips, call us on our toll-free number 1-844-689-9966.

Method 2

On DGN2000 or DG834Gv5 Netgear WiFi Routers

  • First of all, locate the buttons on the side panel of your Netgear router labeled as “Wireless” and “WPS” (WiFi-Protected Setup).
  • After that, press and hold the “Wireless” and “WPS” buttons simultaneously for a couple of seconds. The power LED light will blink red.
  • Slowly release the buttons. Your Netgear device will reboot and the power LED will become solid green.

Congrats! You have successfully restored your Netgear router.

Now, for the Netgear router setup process, follow some light and smooth instructions given below.

  • First of all, connect a USB or an Ethernet cable from your DSL (Digital subscriber line) or cable modem to the Internet port of your Netgear wireless router.
  • Then, turn on your modem or the DSL cable and wait for the LED lights on your device to become solid.
  • After that, turn on your Netgear wireless router and wait for the LEDs (power lights) to become stable.
  • Get the preset (set or adjust) wireless settings of your smart wireless device. For instructions, you can ask us for Netgear support.
  • Now, on your wireless device, you have to open the WiFi connection manager and find the SSID (network name) of your Netgear wireless router.
  • Connect to the network name and enter the Netgear router password (passphrase).
  • Launch an internet browser of your choice. Remember, the browser should be up-to-date, relevant, and free from a load of junk/ malicious files, malware, cache, cookies, and browsing history.
  • In case the home-page of Netgear Genie does not display, then go to the address bar of the browser and type You can also use the default IP address of your device for Netgear router login.
  • Enter the default login credentials (username and password) and hit the Enter key on your keyboard.
  • Follow the entire on-screen instructions given on the setup page of Netgear Genie to configure and set up the Netgear device.

The Congratulations page will display. Here, you have to click on “Take me to the Internet” to confirm that you are connected successfully.

Note: For Digital subscriber line (DSL) connection, you might need to get your PPPoE credentials (username and password) from your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to configure the Netgear router properly or you can also dial our Netgear helpline number.

We are the solution partner of Netgear that has only one motto “customer satisfaction”.

Thank you for reading our tutorial.

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