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Simple Instructions For Power Cycling/Restarting Your Computer, Router or Modem

This article describes how you can power cycle (or restart) your Internet modem and the router to fix any Internet connectivity issues. This will come in handy if there's a power outage and your computer/router/modem shuts down.

Some people may refer to the “power cycle” process as rebooting or resetting the modem and router which is incorrect as that actually means changing the network hardware to the factory default settings. The following is a step-by-step process to help in getting your internet connectivity back on track...

Restart the Router & Internet Modem

1. Shut down the computer.

2. Switch off the modem followed by the router and also unplug the electrical cords from each.

3. Wait for 30 seconds.

4. Plug the electrical cords back into the modem and the router but don’t switch them on yet.

5. First turn on your modem and wait for it to initialize (let the lights become stable).

6. Then switch on the router and let the blinking lights stabilize.

7. Now turn on your computer or your gaming console connected to the network. You should now be able to access the internet.

Please note that for power cycling, it’s important that you switch on the devices in the specified order.