How to Reset the Cisco RV180

Before we begin we need to explain the difference between resetting a router and rebooting a router. When you reboot a router you cycle the power to the device. This is done to solve minor behavioral problems you might be having with your device. When you reset your router you take all the settings and return them all to factory defaults.

Warning: When you reset this router be aware of the settings that will be changed. Problems occur when you are unprepared for the consequences. Please consider the following:

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Reset the Cisco RV180

Once you have decided to reset the Cisco RV180 router you need to first know where the reset button is located. For this Cisco model you can find the reset button on the back panel of the device.

Due to the tiny and indented nature of this button you need to use the tip of a pin or unfolded paperclip to press and hold the reset button for about 10 seconds. If you don't hold this button down for the entire amount of time you end up simply rebooting the router instead of resetting it like you wanted.

Remember this erases every setting you have ever changed on your router. If you want to try and avoid a reconfiguration you need to try other troubleshooting methods first.

Login to the Cisco RV180

After the reset process is complete you should login to the Cisco RV180 router using the default username and password. We have found these values for you and included them in our Cisco RV180 Login Guide.

Change Your Password

The next step should be to change this default password to something a little stronger. Default passwords are very easy to crack so just about anything is better than what it is right now. If you need help with creating a new password check out our guide titled Choosing a Strong Password.

Tip: It is very important that you don't lose this password. If you keep this router in a secure location like your home you can write this new password down on a piece of paper and stick it to the bottom of the router.


Cisco RV180 Help

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