How to Reset the Dlink DWL-2000AP

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On this page I will be showing you how to reset the Dlink DWL-2000AP router back to it's original factory default settings. A reset is not the same thing as a reboot. When I use the word reboot I am referring to a cycle in the power to the unit. When I use the word reset I am referring to a complete factory restore of all settings. This means every setting you have changed in the past is erased and returned to factory defaults.

Warning: Resetting the router can cause more problems for you if you don't know what settings are changed and what ones are not. We recommend making a list of all the different settings you have changed in the past. Consider the following as you create this list.

  • The router's main username and password associated with the interface settings are erased and reverted back to factory defaults.
  • The Internet name and password are also reverted back to factory defaults.
  • If you use a DSL router you need to re-enter the ISP (Internet Service Provider) username and password. Call your local ISP for the details.
  • If you have made any other changes, such as a port forward or IP address change, they are erased and returned to the original factory defaults.

Other Dlink DWL-2000AP Guides

This is the reset router guide for the Dlink DWL-2000AP. We also have the following guides for the same router:

Reset the Dlink DWL-2000AP

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Once you decide you want to go forward with a reset you need to locate the reset button on the outside of the device. I have found an image of the reset button for you.

router reset factory settings
This is the reset page from your Dlink DWL-2000AP router.

With the router on, take a bent paperclip and press down on the reset button for about 5 seconds. This starts the reset process. Sometimes simply pressing and releasing the reset button causes a reboot instead of a reset so be aware.

Don't forget that this reset is erasing every single setting you have ever changed on your device. If you want to avoid this loss you need to try other methods of troubleshooting before you continue with a reset.

Login to the Dlink DWL-2000AP

After you've successfully reset the Dlink DWL-2000AP router you'll need to log into it. This is done by using the factory default username and password listed for your use in our Login Guide.

Tip: If the defaults aren't working for you it could be because the reset button wasn't held down for long enough.

Change Your Password

Once you've logged into your router we strongly suggest setting a new password for it. This can be anything you want, however bear in mind that this password will only protect your router settings, not your wireless network. Still, setting a strong password is always a wise choice. For help in doing so check out our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.

Tip: Afraid you'll lose your new password? Try writing it on a sticky note and attaching it to the bottom of your router.

Setup WiFi on the Dlink DWL-2000AP

Now it's time to check on the wireless settings. For a great guide on this topic check out our How to Setup WiFi on the Dlink DWL-2000AP page.

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Dlink DWL-2000AP Help

Be sure to check out our other Dlink DWL-2000AP info that you might be interested in.

This is the reset router guide for the Dlink DWL-2000AP. We also have the following guides for the same router: