How to Reset the Dlink DWL-3200AP

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On this page we will be looking at how to reset the Dlink DWL-3200AP router back to the original factory defaults. A reset is not a reboot. When you reboot a router you completely cycle the power to the unit. This is done to solve some problems you are having with your router. A reset does a lot more to your router. It takes all the settings of your router and returns every one of them back to factory defaults.

Warning: Resetting your router erases every single setting you have ever changed and returns them to how they were when they left the factory. This is a big step and should not be taken lightly. We recommend making a list of all the settings you have ever changed so you can reconfigure them after the reset is complete. Consider the following:

  • The router's main username and password are reverted back to factory defaults.
  • The Internet name and password are also reverted back to factory defaults.
  • If this is a DSL router you need to reconfigure the ISP (Internet Service Provider) username and password back to factory defaults.
  • Write down any other settings you have ever changed on your device. This could be anything from a port forward you did or an IP address you changed.

Other Dlink DWL-3200AP Guides

This is the reset router guide for the Dlink DWL-3200AP. We also have the following guides for the same router:

Reset the Dlink DWL-3200AP

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Once you have decided to reset the Dlink DWL-3200AP router you need to locate the reset button. On this model of D'link you can find it on the back panel. Take a look at our image below for more of an idea.

router reset factory settings
This is the reset page from your Dlink DWL-3200AP router.

Step One: Make sure your router is powered on.

Step Two: Take a paperclip and straighten it. Use this to press and hold the reset button for about 10 seconds. This starts the reset process which could take up to several minutes.

Remember this reset erases every personal configuration you have ever made to this device. If you want to try and avoid this loss we recommend exhausting other methods of troubleshooting first.

Login to the Dlink DWL-3200AP

Following that you'll need to log into your Dlink DWL-3200AP router. Do this by using the factory default username and password. Not sure where to get these? We've provided them for you in our Login Guide.

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

Change Your Password

Once you've logged into your router we suggest setting a new password for it. This can be whatever you like, however keep in mind that a strong password is 14-20 characters in length and includes no personal information. For more help be sure to visit our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.

Tip: Prevent yourself from losing your new password by writing it on a sticky note and putting it on the bottom of your router.

Setup WiFi on the Dlink DWL-3200AP

Finally you need to begin the reconfiguration process. We recommend starting with the wireless options. I have created a easy to read guide on creating a secure network. You can find it on our How to Setup WiFi on the Dlink DWL-3200AP page.

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Dlink DWL-3200AP Help

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This is the reset router guide for the Dlink DWL-3200AP. We also have the following guides for the same router: