Belkin is a company from America (headquartered in Playa Vista, California) that manufactures computers, peripheral and mobile devices, audio equipment (headphones, speakers), network and other types of cables, a large number of smart home products, Wi-Fi routers, etc.
The company was founded in 1983 and currently has more than 1,000 employees.
If you are a user of Belkin routers or you intend to become one soon, this article will be very useful for you. You will learn how to reset your router, as well as the difference between resetting and restarting.
What is a Router Reset?
The reset can be performed on many devices, including routers.
The reset procedure involves deleting absolutely all the settings entered by the user, including the Wi-Fi password, network name, etc. After resetting, all the settings will be restored to factory defaults.
The most common reason to reset the router is forgetting the password. Then, in a not at all pleasant situation, it is very useful to know how to reset the router, because that’s the only way to reconnect. You must use the default credentials (log in using the default Wi-Fi password) when reconnecting. Once you log in, you can set a new password of your choice.
Note: The following synonyms refer to the reset procedure – “factory reset”, “master reset”, and “hard reset”.
What is a Router Restart?
Restarting is a really simple process, so you don’t need any previous experience in using a router to do it.
This procedure should be applied in situations when you notice a problem with the Internet (when the internet works slower than it should or when the connection is being constantly interrupted, etc.).
The configuration settings entered by the user remain exactly the same after the restart.
How to restart a Belkin router:
- Disconnect the router from the power source.
- After at least 30 seconds, reconnect the router to the power source.
- When the lights on the router turn on, the process is complete, and your router is restarted.
Note: The following synonyms also refer to the restart procedure – “soft reset” or “power cycle”
The Difference Between a Reset and a Restart
The terms “Reset” and “Restart”, although they undoubtedly sound very similar, are two completely different procedures, and you need to know the difference – that’s the only way to know when you need to apply one or the other. To avoid confusing them, remember the following:
Reset – Deletes all the settings you entered and resets them to the default values. You must use the default password when logging in after a reset.
Restart – A simple procedure that includes turning the device off and on again. All settings remain the same.
How to Reset a Belkin Router?
We will show you how to reset the Belkin router in two ways:
- Through the user interface.
- Via the reset button.
Note: The second method, via the reset button, is much simpler and is, therefore, more commonly used.
How to Reset a Belkin Router via Web Interface?
To perform the reset in this way, the device you are using (PC, phone, tablet) must be connected to a Belkin router.
- Enter the default IP address of the Belkin router in your browser – 192.168.2.1.
- Login to your Belkin router.
- Select settings.
- Under the Utilities option, you need to click on Factory Restore.
This is the whole process – your router should be reset to factory settings.
- On the back of the router, you will see a small hole in which the reset button is located.
- Press and hold the button for at least 15-20 seconds, and then release it (use a paper clip or some other sharp object to press the reset button).
- The reset process may take a few minutes.
This is the whole process, your router has been reset, and you need to use the default credentials to reconnect.
VIDEO TUTORIAL – How to Reset a Belkin Router (2 Methods)
It is recommended that every router user knows how to perform the reset procedure, especially in a situation when the password is forgotten or when you don’t know the password. Have in mind that resetting is a simple process, but it deletes all the settings, so you will need to reconfigure your router, which may take some time. To avoid reconfiguring, you can make a backup file with your old settings before resetting the router.
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