How to Reset the D-Link DI-524 Wireless Router

How to Reset the D-Link DI-524 Wireless Router

Some time ago I wrote a post titled Securing D-Link DI-524 Wireless Router. In that post I outlined the steps needed to secure that particular wireless router.

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More recently I wrote another post title How to Reset the Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router and decided to write a similar post on reseting the DI-524 router.

Reset Button


Reseting the router to the factory defaults will delete any changes you have made to the router, including any security settings. This should be used as a last resort.

The steps involved in reseting the router is simply pressing a button located on the router. The image below (courtesy of D-Link) shows where the button is located.

Reset Button Location

Location of the D-Link DI-524 Reset Button

To reset your router, use the following steps:

  1. Press the reset button for 10 seconds. You can use a small object, such as a paper clip to hold down the button.
  2. Do not power off the unit while the router is being reset.

    The unit should now reboot, and once the WLAN light stops blinking the router should be reset.

  3. Open up your Web browser and enter in the address bar.
  4. For the login, enter admin as the ID and leave the password blank.

The router has now been reset. Follow the steps in Securing D-Link DI-524 Wireless Router to secure your router.


This post has provided the instructions you can use to reset your D-Link DI-524 wireless router. If you are having problems with your router, try reseting the router to the factory defaults, and then make the changes again and see if the router starts working.

80 Responses to “How to Reset the D-Link DI-524 Wireless Router”

  1. cellbet says:

    Hi Ronald,
    If you want to reset the configuration of router due to the some kind of uncernanity errors,Then you must read all the instructions are given in the above article but the host and IP address is given to you by a internet service provider ,if your host and IP address are incorrect then the errors are accour again during the configuration of tcp IP address ,So make sure your IP address and the host are the correct .
    Thanks .

  2. Gil Schneider says:

    Paul, since I could not find my personal info for my DI-524, you were the only source I found that told me to hold the reset for 10 seconds. Then I could go ahead and secure it. THANK YOU!!!

  3. daely says:

    I’ve tried to reset my dlink DI524 according step by step instruction by Paul Salmon.
    But the WLAN light didn’t stop blinking after almost 1 hour. Is it really take such a long time to reboot, or did I do something wrong?
    Please help me, my WIFI is unsecured at the moment, and my neighbour keep using it.
    Thank you, I really appreciate you help.


    • Fred says:

      Simply unscrew your wireless antenna while doing the reboot. I take the antenna off when I suspect others trying to get into the network,

  4. very nice post, i certainly love this web site, keep on it

  5. goran says:

    this was really, really driving me nuts. i could log in typing only “user” and OK (with blank password). that works. “admin” does not work. i did the soft and the hard reset. nothing. in despair, i just entered “admin” and tabbed to the password field and only then click OK. and I was in. thank you d-link, honestly i am giving up on you! learning features for each model is not my idea of time well spent

  6. Jack says:

    Hello. Can you help me!!! I cann`t connect to internet by wireless g router di-524, because it ask me security key. !!! Can you write security key for me !!!
    s/n: dy07369043390
    upc code / EEU 790069282546
    mac id: 00179a-f7dc0e
    Thank you !!!

  7. lindi says:

    Hi, my router has been working for years now and al of the sudden I cant use it anymore… My dlink di 524 doesnt show up anywhere so its impossible for me to connect to it… what can I do,, I have tried resettin but nothing… please help me

  8. caleb says:

    hey, so i got the D-link DI-524 router from a friend and he had forgot the password. (not sure if this will make a difference later on) anyway whenever i reset it the WLAN light doesnt stop flashing. <( power light on steady, status light flashing, and WLAN light flashing) i dont have anything plugged into it but the power cable….
    Well its weird because it did work once and im not sure how, but when i went to the website thing and put the username as admin and left the password black it said: invalid password please try again.
    i dont know what to do from here and have read ALOT of the the comments above with no sucsess from anything.

    think you could help me please?

    • Ronald says:

      You need to put in your ISP (internet service provider) ip address/gateway/dns programed into your router before it will connect. Unless you are on a inside system the does DCHP which would give your router all that info but usually internet providers do static IP where you much program their info to get connection.

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