resetting router (was: Re: Is there virus removal software for Jaunty KDE)

Eberhard Roloff tuxebi at
Mon Jun 15 10:33:27 UTC 2009

David McGlone wrote:
> On Monday 15 June 2009 04:08:10 am Steven Vollom wrote:
>>> But I agree with everyone else.  Your problem is one of configuration.
>>> Probably you have several different things misconfigured, including, by
>>> the sound of it, your router.
>> It may be the router, but I have been using the router like a hub, not for
>> the purpose intended.  I don't have any of the former passwords, and can't
>> remember how it was set up when it worked wirelessly.  But when I just used
>> it like a hub and used cable to connect both my laptop and the desktop, it
>> gave me internet and email, and that is what I used it for.  Nothing else.
> I don't know if I should mention this or not but here goes
> Steven, Keep this in mind for the future, please don't try it yet, it may only 
> add to your problems. There is a small button on your router either on the 
> back of it or the front, maybe even the bottom, that you can only push it with 
> a sharp pencil or a pin. If you hold this button in for about 5 - 10 seconds 
> it will reset your router to the manufacturers default settings.
>> Just so you know this as of this minute, if I connect the broken computer
>> to the Modem it still doesn't work.  If I do the same with the laptop it
>> works. Don't know if that is useful, but it is the case.
While this is surely correct for resetting the router to 
factory default, this could do much more harm than help in 
this very special case.

Any router that I know of (but I surely do not nearly know 
any router out there!) by factory default acts as a dhcp server.

Now, if you use the router just as a hub and "that other 
device on the network" already acts as a dhcp server, then 
you suddenly will have two dhcp servers activated on your 
small home network with unforeseen consequences.

So Steven, you surely can reset the router in order to reset 
the passwords, but only do so when you are fully aware about 
the possible consequences and if in doubt, you are wellcome 
to ask here.

Kind regards

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