How to Reset the Encore ENHWI-N3

On this page we will show you how to reset the Encore ENHWI-N3 router back to it's original factory defaults. This is done when you can't login to your router's user interface.

A reset like this one is not the same thing as a reboot. When you reboot a router you cycle the power to the unit. When you reset a router you take all the settings that you have changed and return them all to factory defaults.

Warning: A reset like this one erases every personal change you have made. We strongly recommend making a list of all the settings you may of changed in the past such as:

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Reset the Encore ENHWI-N3

The very first thing you need to do is find the reset button. On this model of router you can find the reset button on the back panel.

With the router on, take a straightened paperclip and press down on the reset button for about 10 seconds to start the reset process. If you don't press down on the reset button for long enough you end up only rebooting the router instead of resetting it like you wanted.

Don't forget, a reset like this is going to erase every single setting you have ever changed on this router. We strongly recommend trying other methods of troubleshooting before you continue.

Login to the Encore ENHWI-N3

Now that you've successfully reset your Encore ENHWI-N3 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: Defaults not logging you in? It might be because the reset button wasn't held down for long enough.

Change Your Password

Following that we suggest setting a new password for your router. This can be anything you want it to be, however bear in mind that a strong password consists of 14-20 characters in length and includes no personal information. For more help be sure to take a look through our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.

Tip: Keep from losing your new password by writing it on a sticky note and attaching it to the underside of your router.

Setup WiFi on the Encore ENHWI-N3

Finally you need to reconfigure the Encore ENHWI-N3 router. This needs to include the wireless settings. If you are interested in a guide for the wireless settings check out our How to Setup WiFi on the Encore ENHWI-N3 page.

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