A human language is a wonderful tool, but it’s not exactly known for being efficient. Often, there are many ways how to express the same idea, and that’s why the terminology used by router manufacturers, internet service providers, and tech support staff may sometimes seem confusing.
In reality, there’s absolutely no difference between router reboot and router restart. They describe the same thing: turning off a router and then immediately turning it back on again. Unfortunately, the confusion doesn’t end there because many routers also have a “reset router” button.
By pressing and usually also holding the reset router button on your router, you can completely wipe out all of its settings, resetting it to its factory configuration, which is what all articles that describe how to reset routers boil down to. When fixing common network problems, there’s usually no need whatsoever to press the reset router button.
All you need to do is turn off your router and then turn it back on again, and we describe exactly how to do that in the next chapter of this article.
You might be wondering why you need to learn how to reset the router in the first place. After all, why not simply unplug it from power and then plug it back in? There’s a couple of reasons why, and we’ll explain them when we get to them:
Most problems with routers are caused either by overheating or by outdated firmware. Routers are basically just small and highly specialized computers, and they can overheat just like your desktop or laptop computer.
Never place a router close to a source of heat or hide it behind furniture where fresh air can’t easily reach it. Of course, hiding a router behind furniture or placing it close to large metal objects is also guaranteed to significantly reduce the router’s coverage.
Newer routers can update themselves automatically, but older models often have to be updated manually from their web interface. To access it, you need the router’s IP address and the administrative user’s password and username. Both are often printed on a sticker located at the back of the router, so make sure to look there first. If you can’t find the information, we recommend you search for help online because most routers are well-documented.
As you can see, there’s more to learning how to reboot your router than you might think at first. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to solve all network problems with router reset alone. More complicated problems require more complicated diagnostics and troubleshooting methods, but that’s a topic for a different article.