Network connection issues are very common. Most of you have bothered by different kinds of such issues. The easiest method to get rid of the issues is to restart your router and modem. Do you know how to restart a router and modem? MiniTool Software writes this post to show you how to do this job properly.

When Do You Need to Reboot a Router and Modem?

If you encounter the following situations, it means that there is something wrong with your network:

  1. You suspect your network doesn’t work as normal.
  2. Web pages are nor loading successfully.
  3. The movie you are watching freezes halfway.
  4. Your smart speaker suddenly stops playing music.
  5. Your phone and your laptop lose the network connection at the same time.
  6. You can’t see your NAS on your desktop.
  7. Your computer, phone, or other connected devices become sluggish when streaming and browsing online.
  8. And more…

Restarting, which is also known as rebooting, is an easy and good method to solve a device issue. For example, when your computer encounters issues, you can simply reboot your device because rebooting always fixes problems. If your phone is bothered by some issues, you can also reboot it to see whether the issues disappear. As to network issues, you can also restart your router and modem, and then check whether the issues can be solved.

No matter which case you are facing, restarting a router and modem can cool off the device and flush out its memory. Especially for old hardware, it is a good operation to restart the router after it works for a long time. Rebooting a router and modem can solve about 75% network and internet issues or more.

Suppose that you need to restart your router and modem to solve some network connection issues. You should properly restart them. Otherwise, you may lose your internet connection completely.

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How to Restart a Router and Modem Properly?

In this part, we will show you how to reboot a modem and router properly.

1. Unplug your router and modem. If there is other managed network hardware like network switches, you also need to unplug it.

Tip: You should not press the Restart or Reset button on the device because it will factory reset the settings.

2. You need to wait at least 30 seconds. During this time, the device can cool down and indicates to your ISP, computers, and other devices.

3. Plug in the modem. If you find it is not powered on, you need to press the Power button on it.

4. Wait about 60 seconds to allow your modem to authenticate with your ISP. And it will be assigned a public IP address.

A modem always has 4 lights: a power light, a received light, a send light, and an activity light. If the first three lights are stable, your modem is powered on normally. However, if there is an internet light, you need to wait until it is turned on to guarantee that the modem is getting internet from the ISP.

5. Plug in the router. You may need to press the Power button if there is an available one.

6. Wait about 2 minutes to allow the router to boot up. At the same time, your devices that use the network will begin to get new private IP addresses that are assigned by the DHCP service in the router.

If you have turned off the power for switched or other network hardware, you need to turn them on and then wait for a minute.

When your router and modem reboot successfully, you can go to check whether the network connection is back to normal.

If the issue persists, you will need to use other methods to solve the issue. You can try the solutions mentioned in this post: 11 Tips to Troubleshoot Internet Connection Problems Win 10.

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