Many of the users confused in-between the Netgear router reset and the reboot process. Grammatically, both look almost the same but there is a great difference in their properties.

When a WiFi router reboots that means you have cycled the power to it. Resetting your home WiFi router involves bringing it back to its default factory settings as it was the time of unboxing.

Perhaps if you have forgotten your Netgear router password and now you want to reset it back. Then, first of all, you need to reset the Netgear router back to its default factory restore settings, then you can use the default password to access your Netgear router.

Steps to Reboot your Netgear Router?

Router reboot means cycling the electric power. If you want to reboot your Netgear router, follow the below-mentioned steps:

  • Unplug the power adapter from the back of the electric power outlet and plug it back in.
  • Wait for about 10 seconds for the WiFi router to reboot.
  • Your internet connection will drop when your Netgear router reboots. If someone is using the computer on your home network to access the Internet, you may have to warn them.

What Will Happen If You Reset Netgear WiFi Router?

When you reset your Netgear WiFi router the following configuration settings are changed:

  • routerlogin.net credentials.
  • Disable port forwarding services.
  • ISP provider username and password.
  • WiFi network username and security key.
  • Disable the customized firewall settings that you have made.
  • Any other personalized configuration changes that you have made to your Netgear router will change.
As from the aforementioned points, you have got an idea that how serious could be the Netgear router reset process. So, proceed with caution.

Handy Steps to Reset Your Netgear Router

  • To reset your Netgear WiFi router, all you need a paper clip.
  • Plug in your Netgear wireless router to an electric power outlet.
  • Now with the help of a paper clip pin press the reset button.
  • Wait for a few seconds, let the LEDs to turn into solid.

Find Your Netgear WiFi Router

Once your Netgear router is back to default factory restore settings, you should be able to login to it. Your Netgear WiFi router will have the 192.168.1.1 default IP address after the reboot. If you don't know the IP address of your WiFi router. Then you can follow the below-mentioned steps to know the IP address:

  • Press the Windows + R key.
  • A 'Run' dialog box will pop-up on your desktop's screen.
  • Type 'CMD' in the dialog box.
  • 'Command Prompt' screen will pop up on the screen.
  • Type 'IPCONFIG' and hit the 'Enter' key.
  • Note down the default gateway address. That is the default IP address of your Netgear router.
Now you can reconfigure your Netgear WiFi router. If still, you have a few queries left, get in touch with us via comments.