How to Reset the Dlink DIR-842

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On this page I will be showing you how to properly reset the Dlink DIR-842 router back to factory defaults.

This is not the same thing as a reboot. When you reboot a router you simply cycle the power to the unit. No settings are changed in this reboot. When you reset a router you take all the settings and return them to factory defaults. This changes every setting you have ever changed in the past.

Warning: All your personal data is lost. I strongly recommend trying other methods of troubleshooting before you begin. It is also a good idea to make a list of all the settings you may of changed in the past. The following is a partial list of the settings that will be reverted back to how they were out of the factory:

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This is the reset router guide for the Dlink DIR-842.We also have the following guides for the same router:

Reset the Dlink DIR-842

As you can see from the image below the reset button is also the WPS button. I have circled the reset button for you in red.

router reset factory settings
This is the reset page from your Dlink router.

The first step is to make sure the router is plugged in and powered on. Then take a straightened paperclip and press down on the reset button for a minimum of 8 seconds. If you don't hold the reset button down for the full 8 seconds you will initiate the WPS function. For more information on that check out our What is WPS guide.

Warning: DO NOT unplug or turn off the router during the reset process. Doing so can cause permanent damage to the router.

Remember this reset is erasing every single setting you have ever changed in the past. I strongly recommend trying other methods of troubleshooting before you decide to reset the Dlink DIR-842 router.

Login to the Dlink DIR-842

Now that the Dlink DIR-842 router has been reset you will need to login to it by using the default login information. This includes the default IP address, password, and username. This information can be found in our Login Guide for the Dlink DIR-842 router. Be sure to check it out if you need help logging into your router.

Tip: Unable to login with the defaults? Try resetting the router again.This time make sure that you hold down the reset button for a little longer to make sure that it properly resets.

Change Your Password

The next step is to change the router's password from the default to a more secure one. Try to make your new password unique, be 14-20 characters long, and contain no personal information. If you need additional advice on making a password then check out our Choosing a Strong Password guide.

Tip: Keep from losing your password by writing it down on a piece of paper and attaching it to the underside of the router.

Setup WiFi on the Dlink DIR-842

Finally it is time to start re-configuring the router's settings back to how you want them. Make sure that you don't forget to also configure the WiFi settings. Need help with this process? Follow our Dlink DIR-842 WiFi Instructions to get started on securing your wireless network.

Dlink DIR-842 Help

Be sure to check out our other Dlink DIR-842 info that you might be interested in.

This is the reset router guide for the Dlink DIR-842.We also have the following guides for the same router: