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Learn How Restarting Your Router Can Fix Internet Speed Issues

One of the easiest ways to fix a wide variety of technical issues is to simply restart the device. Whether it’s your computer, your router, your phone, or your modem, a good ol’ fashioned reboot can solve a variety of issues right away.

In regards to your computer, If you’re restarting your pc make sure that you’ve saved anything that you don’t want to lose – always save, back up, or properly close out programs before you reset!

More information about the importance of a computer reset click on our past article:

If you’re rebooting your home router or modem, then the first thing you may need to consider is how you approach it.

The terminology can get kind of tricky. People tend to use the phrases “restart,” “reboot,” and “reset” , but in reality these phrases can mean very different things.

“Restart” and “reboot” mean the same thing: to turn a device off, then immediately back on. Most computers have a “restart” button somewhere on them, but if it’s called “reboot” instead, no worries. It’s all the same.

The real problem can come when you start using the word “reset.”


How to restart your router properly

If you’re experiencing an unusually slow internet connection, Your very FIRST and BEST option is to restart your router.
Most minor internet connectivity issues can be resolved by doing this step.

Restarting your router means turning it off (and unplugging it from the outlet), waiting about twenty seconds, plug it back and turning it back on. When it comes to troubleshooting –restarting your router should always be your go to approach!

We recommend taking this procedure everytime you experience a internet speed issue, However, there are times though that you might need to do more than just a power-cycle on your router.


How Do You Reset Your Router Properly?

The word ‘Reset’ – in terms of technology – is different from ‘Reboot’ or ‘Restart.’ When you “Reboot your Phone” or “Restart your computer,” you shut off your device and then have it turn on automatically in a short period of time.

When you “Reset your Computer,” you put the device back in the same state as it was in when you first acquired it. This is also usually called ‘restore’ or ‘factory reset.’ It literally means to wipe your system clean, reinstall the firmware, and set everything up from scratch.

Resetting is a crucial step when it comes to troubleshooting devices. Not only does it power-cycle the device, but it also refreshes the entire system. A factory reset removes any device, setting, or file that might be causing the issue. And the same also goes for one issue that everyone knows all too well – an internet connectivity issue.

CAUTION: You should only take this approach as a last resort, and we HIGHLY recommend calling your internet provider and mentioning your internet malfunction before taking this step all by yourself.


When should you reset your router?

As mentioned, if your internet speed continues to give you issues after restarting your router, a reset to your device might do the trick. Doing this makes sure that any connections from other devices, any open ports, and any other processes/settings slowing the connection down get refreshed. This is, of course, provided that there are no connectivity issues with your internet service provider.

Before you start, one very important thing to note though – resetting your router means losing all of your current network settings. More importantly, these settings might be set by your provider, so please make sure to check your product manual first. And oh – don’t reset your router just for fun. Treat resetting as a last-ditch effort in troubleshooting an unusually slow internet connection.



Steps to Reset Your Router

With that said, here are the usual steps on how to reset your router properly. First, you just need to make sure that your broadband modem (if any) or any other device is disconnected from the router. This is to isolate the issue to just the router and avoid further internet connectivity issues.

•    Find the tiny reset button. It is usually found at the back of your router.
•    Hold the reset button for about thirty seconds using something small and pointy – like a paperclip.
•    Wait for another thirty seconds after releasing the reset button. This should reset and power-cycle your router.


Reset Your Router Back
There usually is a small, black button at the back of the router that resets it to its default settings


After resetting your router

Once you do the steps above, your router should be restored to its factory-default state. You can then log-in to it using the router’s default IP address and username and password to do further troubleshooting. For every router manufacturer, there are instructions on this default information. It’s usually found on a sticker on the router itself. You can also visit the manufacturer’s website or call the corresponding support hotline.

We highly recommend that you contact your local internet provider before and after taking this approach, if they give no help you may contact one of our experts.


Some Final Words on Restarting And Resetting Your Router

Restarting your router should always be your number one (and your only option in our opinion!), you can do this yourself very quick and for the most part it works everytime!  You can even restart your device every month to make sure your internet speed is not affected.

You may contact one of our experts to further guide or if you have any questions. 1-888-586-6260