How to Reset Spectrum Router – Getting Started
Internet connection problems are ordinary even when you have a broadband link as good as Spectrum’s. The intensity of the issue may vary from time to time. However, apart from a few instances that require a technician, you can fix most issues on your own.
Most of the time, clients jump to conclusions and reach out to the internet service provider (ISP) support team for very minor issues. However, sometimes you need to take charge and either restart or reset your modem or router.
Resetting a router and reboot it are two different things, although people tend to confuse them a lot. A reset will wipe all the data from the router, including the SSID, passcodes, and other settings. A reboot on the other hand is switching your router off and then on to troubleshoot minor issues.
A reset will fix more severe issues, and if your router has been online for quite some time, it’s best to disconnect it from the grid by resetting it. A reset is also good because it beefs up your online security. Let’s look at how you reset spectrum routers online and offline.
How Do You Reset a Spectrum Router Offline in 7 Steps?
The process of resetting a spectrum router offline is relatively easy. The steps include:
- Start by unplugging your power cable from the router. If you have any extra devices connected to your router, such as Wi-Fi extenders, disconnect them too.
- Allow your router to cool down for about a minute or so.
- Plug in all the cables back to their rightful ports.
- Locate the reset button on your router. Most models have a button on the back.
- The button takes the shape of a pinhole, and you will need to find a needle or a sim ejector tool to press it. Next, press the reset button, and this confirms the reset.
- Press Start to boot the router. After a reset, it takes a while for the router to boot.
- Wait until the indicator lights become stable. When they are stable, the router will give all linked devices new IP (internet protocol) addresses.
How Do You Reset a Spectrum Modem and Router Combo in 5 Steps?
If you have a router and modem combo, the process of resetting both gadgets include:
- Start by unplugging the power cable from the modem and take out any batteries
- Unplug the power cable from the router.
- Let both devices rest for a minute or so.
- Plugin the modem power cable and put back the batteries you had removed.
- Allow the modem to boot for at least two minutes, and afterward, the indicator lights should stabilize rather than flicker.
How Do You Reset a Spectrum Router Online in 8 Steps?
Spectrum makes it very easy for you to perform the process online if you don’t want to perform a reset manually. When online, you can reset your router and even be able to view the status of your internet components.
How do you go about this?
- Commence this process by signing in to your account on the “My Spectrum Application.”
- Go to the account summary page and click on the “Services Tab.”
- From the drop-down “Services and Equipment Menu,” click on the “Internet” tab
- Next, select the router you want to reset and click on the “Experiencing issues” option.
- Next, click on the “Reset Equipment” option.
- Plug in the power cable back to the router.
- Allow the router to boot for at least two minutes, and then it should come back online.
- Verify the status of your connection by trying to load something on any linked device.
How Often Should You Reset Your Spectrum Modem or Router?
Ideally, resetting your router is vital even if you don’t have a pressing connection problem. There is no regulation as to when you should reset your router. However, you should reset it once every two months.
Constantly resetting your router helps to beef up your security. Hackers can easily access your Wi-Fi connection easily by using malware. By resetting the router, you can momentarily upset any malicious software embedded into your network.
Also, Spectrum recommends that as you reset your router, you reset your passcode as well.
All in all, having a buffering connection, especially when you are working, is annoying, to say the least. But often, it’s your own laxity that brings about these issues. You can reset a router on your own using the steps illustrated above. Thus, make this a habit when you have an issue.