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I spilled water on my router – what to do now?

Spilling water on your electronic devices is always a very unfortunate event. However, if you act very quickly you have a chance to save the device. When I say quickly I mean right away.

I am going to talk about routers here, but the same goes for modems and switches.

After spilling water on your router

1. React very quickly

Especially if the router was plugged in and working when the incident happened.

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How to hard reset a D-Link router to the default settings

If you’ve forgotten your D-Link router’s username/password or if someone has changed them without telling you, you can always reset your router to it’s default username and password. Keep in mind that this process will change all of your settings back to the defaults, so it is a good idea to keep a backup of your router’s configuration if you have a more complicated set-up.

The Hard Reset Process

For most of the D-Link routers the resetting process goes like this:

1. Power ON the router. Unplug all of the cables, except the power cord.

2. Locate the reset button
Usually, the reset button is a small ‘pin hole’  that you can find on the rear panel of the router. It might be red, or marked with a red/white/gray circle.

3. Take e thin/sharp object, such as a paper clip. Put it into the reset hole. Now press and hold for 10 seconds. Release.

4. The reboot process begins and it takes about 30-60 seconds.

D-Link Default Settings

Once your router has been reset, it goes back to it’s factory defaults.

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What is a Router?

First of all, routers are physical devices with size around 200mm x 120mm x 40mm (8in x 5in x 1.6in).

They come in different shapes and colors but here are some pictures that will give you an idea.

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What does a router do?

I won’t dive into deep explanations and technical terms. In our homes we use routers to connect more than one computer to the Internet at the same time. Or more than once device in general – computers, notebooks, tablets, phones, etc.

In more details

One of the things a router does is to split your connection in parts. Every time a new device joins the network the router gives this device an access to the Internet.

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