How to Reset the Dlink DIR-860L

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On this page you will learn how to properly reset the Dlink DIR-860L router back to it's original factory defaults.

Before I begin I need to explain the difference between a reset and a reboot. When you reboot a router you cycle the power to the device. When you reset a router you do a complete factory restore of all settings.

Warning: This means every single setting you have ever changed is erased. It is extremely helpful to create a list of all the settings you have changed in the past. Consider the following:

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Reset the Dlink DIR-860L

The first step is to know where the reset button is located. We found the reset button for you on the bottom panel.

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This is the reset page from your Dlink router.

Take a pin or paperclip and press down on the reset button for about 10 seconds. This begins the reset process. If you don't hold the reset button down for long enough you end up only rebooting the router instead of resetting it like you wanted.

Remember this reset is erasing every single setting you have ever set on the device. If you want to avoid this you need to try other methods of troubleshooting.

Login to the Dlink DIR-860L

Next you'll need to log into your Dlink DIR-860L router. This is accomplished by using the factory default username and password we have provided for you in our Login Guide.

Tip: Defaults not logging you in? Try holding the reset button down for longer.

Change Your Password

After you've logged into your router we suggest setting a new password for it. Keep in mind that this password will protect your router settings only, not your wireless network. Still, setting a strong password is always a good idea. For help in doing so be sure to take a look through our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.

Tip: Avoid losing your new password by writing it on a note and putting it on the underside of your router.

Setup WiFi on the Dlink DIR-860L

Finally let's check on the WiFi settings. For a guide on this topic check out our How to Setup WiFi on the Dlink DIR-860L page.

Dlink DIR-860L Help

Be sure to check out our other Dlink DIR-860L info that you might be interested in.

This is the reset router guide for the Dlink DIR-860L.We also have the following guides for the same router: