How to Reset the Asus RT-AC87U

In this guide I will show you how to reset the Asus RT-AC87U router. A reset is not the same thing as a reboot. Sometimes these words are used interchangeably and they shouldn't be. A reboot is just cycling the power by turning the device off and back on again. A reset is erasing every configuration you have ever made to your router's interface and reverting the entire thing back to factory defaults.

Warning: Resetting a router can be a problem if you don't know what to expect. Please consider the following before continuing.

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Reset the Asus RT-AC87U

The first step in any reset is to make sure the router is on. Do not unplug or turn off the router during the process or it could cause permanent damage.

Go ahead and locate your tiny reset button. It is a recessed button on the back panel. We have circled it for you in the image below.

Now take a sharp object such as a sharpened pencil or unwound pencil and press and hold down the reset button for about 10 seconds.

Don't forget that this will erase everything you have ever done to your router. The entire configuration goes back to factory defaults. A reset should only be considered after you have exhausted all other troubleshooting methods.

Login to the Asus RT-AC87U

So now you have reset your Asus RT-AC87U router what do you do now? You now need to login using the default username and password. These can usually be found in the user manuals or even on the device itself. We have located these for you and included them in our Login Guide for this router.

Change Your Password

The next step is to change that default password. It's never a good idea to leave a password as the default. If you need help coming up with a strong password check out this Password Guide.

Tip: If you're anything like me you'll forget this new password the moment it's created. Write it down on a post-it note and attach it to the bottom of the router for next time.

Setup WiFi on the Asus RT-AC87U

The last settings we will cover in this guide are the WiFi settings. This includes the SSID, security mode and password. These need to be changed as soon as possible. We recommend the security type of WPA2-Personal. If you need instructions on this check out our How to Setup WiFi on the Asus RT-AC87U router guide.

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