How to reset a Spectrum router – our step-by-step guide

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If you want to learn how to reset a Spectrum router, we have put together a step-by-step guide here. 

Running a factory reset on your Spectrum router is a good way to deal with many internet issues, and you should do it every couple of months as some basic router maintenance. Performing a reset on Spectrum routers is quite easy – all you have to do is press the reset button, hold it for a few seconds, and let the router restart.

In this guide, we’ll take a look at how to reset a Spectrum router in just a handful of easy steps. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes – so lets dive straight in. 

Quick Answer

To reset Spectrum WiFi 6 or 6E routers (models include SAX1V1R , SAX1V1K , SAX1V1S, SAX2V1S, SAX2V1R), locate the reset button at the back of the router and press it for more than 15 seconds.

To reset Spectrum WiFi 5 routers (Spectrum Wave 2 SAC2V1A, SAC2V1K, SAC2V2S, RAC2V1S/RAC2V2S, RAC2V1K, and RAC2V1A), locate the reset button, use a tool to press the button, and reset the router.

How to reset your Spectrum router – WiFi 5, WiFi 6, and WiFi 6E



Try rebooting first

If you have a Spectrum WiFi 6 or 6E router, then you have to press the reset button at the back of your router for four to 14 seconds. Your router will be rebooted, and you will not lose your configuration. 

Now, if you have a Spectrum WiFi 5 router, then the reboot might look a little different. 

If you have router models like Spectrum Wave 2 SAC2V1A, SAC2V1K, SAC2V2S,  RAC2V1S/RAC2V2S, RAC2V1K,  and RAC2V1A, then here’s how to perform a reboot –

  • Switch it off using the power button located on the back
  • Then, unplug your router from its power socket, and leave it for at least a minute
  • Then, plug the router back in and press the power button; the router will then switch back on
  • Leave it a few minutes, and then you can consider resetting it



Locate the router’s ‘Factory Reset’ button

If the rebooting does not resolve your issues, then it’s time to factory reset your Spectrum router. To do so, you will need to find the reset button. 

If you have a WiFi 6 or 6E Spectrum router, then you will spot the reset button at the back of the router. The button has two arrows shown in a cyclical manner with the text ‘Reset’ written on it.

If you have a WiFi 5 Spectrum router, then you will see a small ‘Reset’ button (hole) at the back of the router. It is located below the password sticker. 

arrows showing the location of reset button on spectrum routers



Press the reset button

Now, you have to press the button to reset the router. For Spectrum WiFi 6 and 6E routers, all you have to do is press the button for more than 15 seconds to factory reset the router.

For the WiFi 5 Spectrum routers, there are a few additional steps involved. First of all, as this button is located in a hole, you will need a suitable tool, like a toothpick, to press it.

Then, follow these steps –

  • Insert your tool into the button hole and press down for 30 seconds
  • You’ll notice the lights on your Spectrum router turning off while you do this
  • After 30 seconds, you can release the button

This will run the reset on your Spectrum router, turning it back to its default settings.



Let your router settle

You won’t be able to use your router right after resetting it, and it will take some time for your internet connection to settle down and reconnect. You might be able to connect temporarily before losing connection again; this is normal and just means you need to give the router a little more time to re-establish a secure connection.

It normally only takes a few minutes for the router to settle down after a reset, but it can take upward of 30 minutes in some cases. The best thing you can do is wait for the lights on your Spectrum router to go back to normal before using your internet again.

As your Spectrum router will go back to the default settings, you will have to set it up again. For more information, you can check out our guide on how to set up a Spectrum router.

What does the Spectrum Reset button do?

Much like the name suggests, the reset button is used to reboot the router. As mentioned in our guide, if you press and hold the reset button, it will restart the router and reconnect it to the internet. Usually, resetting the router solves minor troubleshooting issues. 

How long to hold Reset on a Spectrum router?

Once you find the reset button, you will need a tool (like a toothpick) to press it. You should press and hold it for about 15 to 30 seconds. When you see the router lights turn off, you can release the buttons. 


There you have it – how to reset a Spectrum router in just a few simple steps! Running a factory reset on your Spectrum router is an easy way to resolve many issues with your internet connection, and occasionally, running a reset on your router is good basic maintenance. Once you follow through with the reset, it will likely solve most of the minor issues that you have been facing with the router.

Kevin is the Editor of PC Guide. He has a broad interest and enthusiasm for consumer electronics, PCs and all things consumer tech - and more than 15 years experience in tech journalism.