How to Reset Netgear Routers

by Jeff Grundy Google

    Setting up a Netgear router requires that you use the administrator control panel, which you can access from most Web browsers. Like other routers, Netgear units ship with a default username and password. If you need to change network settings, such as the Wi-Fi password, for instance, you must enter the username and password to access the control panel. If you changed the default password for the router during setup and subsequently forgot it, you must reset the default password on the device if you need to log in to the administrator control panel and make changes.

    Step 1

    Open your preferred Web browser, enter "" or "" -- depending on your router model -- into the address bar and press "Enter."

    Step 2

    Attempt to log in with the default username and password for the router. To find this information for your particular model Netgear router, refer to the user guide or owner's manual for the device. If you do not have the manual on hand, try the default login credentials for most Netgear routers, which are "admin" for the username and either “password” or “1234” for the password.

    Step 3

    Gather the login or member information assigned to you by your Internet service provider, as you may need it when you reconfigure the router after the reset. Also, if you use any applications that use special port numbers on the router to send and receive information over the Internet, such as torrent programs or online games, open them and record or note any ports you must open after you reset the router.

    Step 4

    Locate the small hole on the back of the Netgear router labeled "Reset," and then use a pen or paper clip to press the small button inside the recess. Press and hold the “Reset” button in the recessed hole for about five seconds and until the lights on the router begin to blink.

    Step 5

    Release the "Reset" button after the lights on the router begin to blink, and then wait for the router to reboot automatically. After the router reboots, all default settings return to factory defaults, including the login password.

    Step 6

    Open your preferred Web browser and type "" or "" into the address bar. Press "Enter" to display the administrator login page. Log in to the router using "admin" as the username and either “password” or “1234” as the password.

    Step 7

    Click "Basic Settings" or "Setup" in the administrator control panel, depending on your model of Netgear router, and then enter the user information assigned by the Internet service provider.

    Step 8

    Click the "Advanced Settings" tab and enter the numbers of any ports you need to open for applications in the "Port Forwarding" section.

    Step 9

    Click "Save" or "Save Settings," then click "Reboot" when prompted to save the configuration settings.


    • Some routers may have the default access information on a sticker on the bottom of the device.
    • If you need to reset the router settings, but know the login password, record the port settings from the Advanced Settings tab to save time versus locating the values in the programs that use them.
    • Try the default username and password before performing a hard reset.
    • Applications that use special port numbers on the router may have configured the settings on the router automatically when you installed them. After you reset the router, all custom port settings are lost. Therefore, spend a little time trying to determine all of the ports you need to open once you restore the router to factory defaults. Recording the port numbers beforehand may help you avoid reinstalling the applications after you regain access to the router.

    About the Author

    Jeff Grundy has been writing computer-related articles and tutorials since 1995. Since that time, Grundy has written many guides to using various applications that are published on numerous how-to and tutorial sites. Born and raised in South Georgia, Grundy holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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