How to Reset the Dlink DIR-826L

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This page shows you how to reset the Dlink DIR-826L router back to factory defaults. It's important that you know this is not the same thing as rebooting a router. When you reboot a router you cycle the power to the device. When you reset a router you take all the settings and return them all to how they were out of the factory.

Warning: Resetting a router can cause you problems if you don't understand what settings have been changed and what ones have not. Please consider the following:

Other Dlink DIR-826L Guides

This is the reset router guide for the Dlink DIR-826L.We also have the following guides for the same router:

Reset the Dlink DIR-826L

Once you have decided to reset the Dlink DIR-826L router you need to find the reset button. The manual says that the reset button is found on the back panel but I was unable to find it there. A very similar router has the reset button on the bottom. I have circled the location for you in the image below.

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This is the reset page from your Dlink router.

Take a paperclip and press down on the reset button for about 10 seconds. This begins the reset process which can take upwards of a minute or more. If you don't hold the reset button down for long enough you end up only rebooting the device not resetting it.

Remember resetting this router will erase every setting you have ever changed on the device. If you want to avoid that you will need to try other methods of troubleshooting.

Login to the Dlink DIR-826L

Following that you'll need to log into your Dlink DIR-826L router. This is accomplished by using the factory default username and password. We have both of these provided for you in our Login Guide.

Tip: Defaults not logging you in? It could be because the reset button wasn't held for long enough.

Change Your Password

Now that you've logged into your router we recommend setting a new password for it. This can be anything you like, however remember that a strong password consists of 14-20 characters and includes no personal information. For more help be sure to check out our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.

Tip: Keep from losing your new password by writing it on a sticky note and attaching it to the bottom of your router.

Setup WiFi on the Dlink DIR-826L

It's time to reconfigure the device. This means setting up the wireless settings again. For a guide on that check out our How to Setup WiFi on the Dlink DIR-826L page.

Dlink DIR-826L Help

Be sure to check out our other Dlink DIR-826L info that you might be interested in.

This is the reset router guide for the Dlink DIR-826L.We also have the following guides for the same router: