30/30/30 hard reset for WAPs

article #424, updated 3512 days ago

For many WAPs, the following procedure is a good way to assure a reset to firmware defaults. There is, reportedly, a ‘recovery mode’ into which the below can send some ASUS WAPs, but for most it’s just an authoritative reset.

  1. Plug the WAP into power but not network.
  2. Wait until its lights stabilize.
  3. Press and hold the reset button for 30 seconds. Do not let up the button…
  4. Unplug the WAP and continue to hold reset for another 30 seconds…
  5. Still holding the reset button in, plug the unit back into power, and hold reset for 30 more seconds.

Many WAPs will respond with a ‘waiting’ or ‘working’ indicator, which means that the WAP is in the process of setting all configurations to default. Once that’s done, it’s ready to be set up again.