How to Reset the Dlink TM-G5240

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This page will show you how to properly reset the Dlink TM-G5240 router back to how it was from the factory. A reset like this is not the same thing as a reboot. When you reboot this router you only cycle it's power. This is helpful if you are having minor behavioral problems with your router but not if you have forgotten the router's access username and password. When you reset this router you take all the settings and return all of them back to how they were from the factory.

Warning: A reset may be what you need to do but be sure you understand that this reset erases every single setting you have ever changed on the device. We recommend making a list of any settings you can think of that you may have forgotten. Consider the following:

  • The router's main username and password are erased and returned to factory defaults.
  • The Internet name and password are also erased and returned to factory defaults.
  • If this is a DSL router you need to re-enter the ISP (Internet Service Provider) username and password. To find out what these are you should call your local ISP.
  • Have you ever made any other changes to this router? Have you ever forwarded any ports? Have you ever changed an IP address?

Other Dlink TM-G5240 Guides

This is the reset router guide for the Dlink TM-G5240. We also have the following guides for the same router:

Reset the Dlink TM-G5240

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Do you know where the reset button is located? I have circled it for you in the image below. It is on the back panel of the Dlink TM-G5240.

router reset factory settings
This is the reset page from your Dlink TM-G5240 router.

While the router is on, take a straightened paperclip and press down on the reset button for about 10 seconds. This starts the reset process. If you don't hold this reset button down for the entire amount of time it is possible you may only reboot the router instead of resetting it like you wanted.

Please don't forget that this reset is going to erase every single setting you have ever changed on this device. This is why we recommend trying other troubleshooting methods first.

Login to the Dlink TM-G5240

Following that you'll need to log into your Dlink TM-G5240 router. Do this by using the default username and password. Not sure where to find these? We have them provided for you in our Login Guide.

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

Change Your Password

After logging into your router we recommend setting a new password for it. This can be whatever you want it to be, however keep in mind 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: Prevent yourself 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 TM-G5240

You can now start the reconfiguration process. Don't forget about the WiFi settings as these protect your local network. The SSID, Internet password, and security are in this section. For an easy to read guide check out our page called How to Setup WiFi on the Dlink TM-G5240.

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Dlink TM-G5240 Help

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This is the reset router guide for the Dlink TM-G5240. We also have the following guides for the same router: