Ask Lifehacker: Rebooting Your Router Remotely

Dear Lifehacker, For some reason the router at my place seems to need resetting on a regular basis. Is there any way that instead of walking downstairs to physically press the reset button on the side of the router I can cause it to reset via the software? I don’t have admin access to it either, if that makes a difference. Thanks, Scoon

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Dear Scoon,
First things first: if you don’t have administrator access to the router, unfortunately there’s very little you can do in terms of fixing it. I don’t personally know of any software that can perform this kind of task, but I’m pretty confident any such package would need you to be able to log into the router to get it working. (If a reader knows any different, please tell us in the comments.)

In any event, the first thing I would advise with this kind of problem (assuming you can get administrator access) is updating the firmware on the router. Router firmware routinely gets upgraded, and making sure you’re running the latest version can often fix problems. You can even change the firmware entirely to create a super-router, but a sensible first step is simply getting the latest version from your manufacturer’s web site and following the instructions there.

The other thing to check is whether it’s actually the router that’s causing the problem. If your router also acts as an ADSL modem and you’re frequently needing to reboot it, that could suggest a problem either with the cabling within your house or with the exchange providing your service. Unfortunately, that probably means quite a bit of back-and-forth phone support with your ISP. Good luck!


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