How to Reset the Comtrend AR-5381u

This page shows you how to reset the Comtrend AR-5381u router back to it's original factory defaults. This is not the same thing a reboot. A router reboot cycles the power to the device in order to solve minor behavioral issues you might be having with your router. Where a router reset takes all the settings and returns every one of them back to factory defaults.

Warning: A reset can cause more problems if you are unaware of what it does. Please take the following into consideration before you continue:

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Reset the Comtrend AR-5381u

Take the router and turn it around so you are looking at the back of it. The reset button should be on the right side of the back panel. We have circled it's location in the image below.

Take the tip of a sharpened pencil or pen and press down on this reset button for about 10 seconds. The time varies but if you don't hold it down for long enough you may end up simply rebooting the router instead of the desired reset.

Please remember this reset erases everything you have ever done to this router. Take time to try other troubleshooting options before you do a reset if you want to try and avoid re-configuring the router.

Login to the Comtrend AR-5381u

After the reset is complete you need to login to the router's interface pages by using the default username and password. This information is found in our Login Guide for the Comtrend AR-5381u.

Change Your Password

It's now a great idea to change the default router password. This password protects your router's settings. If you need help with this step, check out our Choosing a Strong Password guide.

Tip: If the defaults did not work, it's quite possible the router only rebooted. Try holding the reset button down for longer.

Setup WiFi on the Comtrend AR-5381u

Now you need to check on your WiFi settings. The SSID needs to be updated, the Internet password needs to be made and the security settings need to be checked. We recommend using the security setting of WPA2 with a strong password. For step-by-step instructions you can look at our How to Setup WiFi on the Comtrend AR-5381u router.

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