Belkin has created a vast line of Wi-Fi range extenders, many of which feature a hard reset button that, when pressed, erases any customized settings, and returns the extender to factory default values (restores the settings to what they were when the unit was shipped from the factory). Do this if the extender begins showing erratic behaviors such as failing to connect to the primary Wi-Fi network, the extended network becomes very slow or freezes up, and so on.
Here, we offer a generic procedure for a Belkin wireless extender reset which, hopefully, will correct most extender ills often experienced in wireless network devices.
How to Perform a Belkin Wireless Extender Hard Reset
- Locate reliable AC power. It’s important that the power source not be interrupted during the hard reset operation, as this can corrupt the extender’s memory, leaving the installed firmware corrupted and non useable. The extender may not start up properly afterwards and thus, be “bricked” or completely non functional. So, we suggest plugging your extender directly into a well-fitting and non switched AC wall outlet. Do not connect it via an extension cord, in order to avoid the loose and intermittent connections often associated with cheap or worn out extension cords.
- Power on your extender. Wait until it finishes booting before proceeding to the next step. Typically, booting can take between thirty seconds and two minutes.
- Record any settings you’ve changed. You should write down any changed settings you’ve made to the extender, such as the network name and password of the Wi-Fi network the extender is currently extending, IP base addresses, gateway addresses, and sub masks, wireless channel numbers used, and so on. Since these settings will be erased during the reset, you’ll want to have a written list of them for after the reset, so you can easily apply the relevant ones again.
- Initiate reset by either of two ways. If you want to use the physical reset button, skip ahead to step 9. Or, you may order a hard reset via the device’s administrative web pages. In that case, continue on with the next step. An advantage of resetting though the web, is that you won’t have to dig out the extender from behind furniture, inside a wiring closet, and so on, in order to reach the physical reset button. However, using the web may not always be a viable option in those situations where the extender has become unresponsive. So make this choice based on the particulars of your circumstances.
- Log in to the extender’s admin web site. With the extender powered up and fully booted, go to a web browser on a computer that’s connected to the extender. Then, visit the http://belkin.range/ site. Alternatively, you may try http://192.168.206.1 if the former site does not function. AT any rate, once you reach the admin site login page, enter the administrative Id and password.
- Locate the hard reset option on the web site. Typically, you’ll find the factory default reset link under Utilities->Restore Factory Default section.
- Click the Restore Factory Defaults link. This brings up the Restore Factory Defaults screen. you may decide not to reset the extender at this point. If so, then just leave the Restore Factory Defaults page. However, if you still wish to proceed, move on to step 8.
- Click the Restore Factory Defaults button. Clicking or tapping this link is tantamount to pressing the physical reset button, in that it takes the network extender offline while the original factory settings are restored. You will also be logged off of the http://belkin.range/ web site during this time. Lights will go out for a time, then begin flashing as the restoration takes effect.
- Jump to step 13, and wait for reset to complete.
- Locate the red reset button. The button is quite small, and typically located inside a hole on either the back or bottom of the range extender. You may need a flashlight if your extender is positioned in a dark location.
- Press and hold the red reset button for ten to twenty seconds. Since the access opening for the reset button is usually miniscule, you’ll likely have to insert the tip of a pen or a bent straight paper clip, to reach the button. Also, this button is delicate and therefore, easily damaged or jammed. So, increase your pressing pressure only until you feel the button give (click) into the activated position, and continue applying that same amount of pressure (and no more), until the extender begins resetting itself.
- Release the reset button. You can tell when reset begins because the lights will all go out, except for perhaps the power lamp. You need not continue holding the reset button in, once resetting starts. Applying pressure for too long can, again, damage or prematurely wear out the button. So, only hold it in as long as it takes to initiate factory default resetting.
- Wait for the wireless extender to finish resetting. This can take up to several minutes. So be patient, and DO NOT UNPLUG (POWER DOWN) YOUR EXTENDER WHILE RESETTING!!! Again, powering off most any network device while it’s resetting can brick it. If that happens, you may have to send the extender back to Belkin for proper re flashing, if they can do that at all. For cheaper extenders, factory re flashing may not be worth the expense. So, get it right the first time, and never shut off a wireless extender while it’s resetting. Factory default restoration is done when the lights on the extender stop blinking (except for occasional data transmission blinks). You should also be able to access the extender’s admin setup web pages at http://belkin.range/
- Re apply any customized settings. Once the hard reset is finished, make any changes to the extender’s settings that your specific network might require, at the http://belkin.range/ site.
- You’re done.
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- 2017-01-04: Originally published.