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.

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.

  9. Lexie says:

    Just wanted to say thanks a bunch! You made this super easy and saved me a lot of stress!

    PS You know website is a mandatory field?

  10. I need to reset a wireless connection that goes between 2 computers and desire to get my new computer tablet connected to this wireless connection. The password has been forgotten so I think I need to reset the router and password. I am using a D-link router. For any help, I would appreciate it. Thanks

  11. Umily says:

    If I reset my router, will all my provider information gets wiped out?

  12. Cris John Rey Tarpin says:

    Thank you so much for the information. I have just set the MAC filtering and no one can’t access the router that’s why I came up with the idea on resetting it. Thanks Again

  13. amit h. says:

    hey guys, i was stupid enough to throw away the box with the pin number of my di 524..
    what can i do to restore it/generate a new one…?

    thanks a lot!

  14. David S. says:

    Added security password, since, unable to print on my wireless printer. Tried reseting dlink 524 but can’t find device (printer) . Any suggestions.

  15. Router Guy says:

    I’ve been through a few routers in my time. And I have found that the internet is the most useful tool to find the info you need to accomplish almost anything. I used the D-Link as my primary router for about 4 years. It was the most dependable router I have used. I don’t understand all the issues with resetting. I reset about once every few months just to clear out the bugs and cobwebs. Think of it like an oil change. With the D-Link it really is just as simple as pushing and holding the reset button while the unit is on for about 10 seconds. This will clear all info and bring the unit back to factory defaults. I am about to sell my DI-524 and have just done this. I checked it with my laptop to make sure and all was good. Right down to the admin/no password log in.

    • Paul Salmon says:

      I have a Linksys WRT54G, and I don’t remember when the last time I have reset it. If I have problems I just restart the router with the power cable and it usually comes back online. Some people need to reset the router if they had someone else secure it, but don’t remember the password.

  16. Bob D says:

    The ‘BIGGIES’ I found regarding resetting:

    1.) the reset hole on the side of the router has to be held in for 10 seconds or more …. with the power ON. Then……
    2.) pull the power plugs from the modem and the router – wait 30+ seconds
    3.) repower the modem 1st….allowing it to power up for about a minute
    4.) repower the router … wait a bit

    You should then be back in business.

    • Paul Salmon says:

      I usually take that route, with the exception of the pressing the reset button, when I can’t get my router to connect to the Internet. Sometimes it just need to do a complete shutdown of both the modem and router to get things back in order.

  17. John says:

    I’ve reset the router, and when I try to login, it won’t accept ‘admin’ for user name and a blank password! I have this exact router, revision ‘C’. I’ve tried all combinations of admin, admin, administrator, blank, etc. Anyone else have this problem? Any fixes? Thanks!

    • teety says:

      You need to reset it like in the manual. Remove the power cable, press the reset button, power it (don’t let go to the reset button yet) wait until both Status and Wlan lights are blinking at the same time then let go the reset button. If you wait to much, you need to start all over!

    • Alex says:


      When you type ADMIN, leave the password BLANK.
      This was my anly problem…I was typing ADMIN as password!

      cheers from brazil

  18. Jaimito says:

    I cannot add a Virtual Server. I go to Advanced / Virtual Server, I type in all the required information, but when I click the “apply” button I get an error messages saying “Unable to add”.

    What can I do?

  19. Satish Murugan says:

    Hey thank you v much yaar

  20. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for sharing- we had a similar problem with the cisco router at our office but I think it’s under control now!

  21. TheWebFanatik says:

    The files downloaded from above (Kaspars’ link) do not work on my Dl-524

    router says it’s not a .bin file

    Exe states no cgi found & same for v2.07 too.

    I updated to firmware v1.23 from Dlinks website & now my router won’t connect- is there a way to remove firmware once it’s installed? ( I reset to factory specs but still nothing.)

  22. Alison says:

    I have reset the router, but am still unable to access the admin web interface, so can not make any changes to the settings…can anyone advise?

  23. clive says:

    I need to know whether i can reset the router and connect a new computer as the main hub adding other laptops/game machines to it without the original set up disk ???

  24. howard says:

    i have a DI 524. I cant seem to get to the settings url on the internet. I cant get the computer to work with this router. It is a loosing battle.
    it goes to the circular file and i will purchase a linksys by cisco wireless.
    sick of working on stuff that does not work and only to have the manufacture not help either.
    telling you that you are on your own.
    this router is not worth the trouble.
    pay 69 dollars for a new upgraded router.

    so i just tossed my DI524 and now my router is working fine.

  25. linda says:

    I have the same problem with my DI 524 connected to local only and unidentified. I don’t have access to the internet and keeps telling me that the connection was reset. I don’t know what to do anymore, the internet
    provider refused to help me. Can someone help me pls?

  26. bersikulo says:

    why can’t i reset my di-link 524 router..? only the power and 4 are lighting.. what will i do?

  27. Kaspar says:

    Here’s the solution to fix a DI-524 that will not stop flashing when you try to reset it.

    Thanks to Borge!

  28. Jan R. says:

    I have a similar problem, and the cable company can’t help me! My laptop can’t get on the internet, however my PC can. What am I doing wrong? I am not computer literate, so please have patience, thank you!

    • Paul says:

      Can your laptop connect to the router? If not, try connecting a network cable into the router and laptop and see if you can connect. If you can, then there is an issue with the wireless settings.

      • Joan says:

        I have the same problem… my laptop recognizes the router but has limited connectivity. However, with cable, internet connection is possible. How do I fix this? Thanks.

  29. Mick says:


    I’ve tried resetting my router however the WAN light does not stop flashing… i also tired accessing however nothing came up, no page prompting me to type in my ID..etc

    Can anyone assist?

  30. Glory says:

    My modem’s connected to my router and my pc’s connected to my router. Everything works fine yesterday, both my pc and laptop could connect to internet. Today, my pc still works fine but my laptop suddenly cannot connect to the internet. The access signal at the bottom right says “Local Only”. What does this mean? Is there something wrong with my router and do I need to reset it?

    • Paul says:

      I have the same issue from time to time. The best method I found of correcting the problem is to unplug the power from the router for 10 seconds, and the plug it back in. Once it boots you should be able to reconnect with your laptop.

      Because you aren’t performing a hard reset this way, all your settings will still be saved.

  31. Michael Mohlere says:

    I just got a DL-524 from my brother. It came without any instructions. Where can I get a manual/instructions so I can set it up?

  32. Rodrigo says:


    i can only reset the password for admin user?

    i’m lost the password for admin user and i need preserve the current configuration

  33. gatolko says:

    Thanks a lot great info.

  34. Raj says:

    I have been resetting my D-link 15 times, the ip address never opens and keep getting error. I do not even my conenction on wireless list. It is not broadcasting either.
    I am throwing away this piece of junk DLINK router. I have had isses with Dlink few other times in office as well so I changed it to seomthign else more reliable.

  35. Alansworld says:

    It worked for me!!!!
    Awesome dude!!!!

  36. Bob says:

    Hey, i’ve recently got a new computer to replace my old one, which is hooked up to the wireless router and modem. Do have to reset the router in order to make the new pc the main internet provider. If so, can you please help me.

    • Paul says:

      You shouldn’t have to reset the router, as your new computer will just be assigned a new IP address by the router. If you have enabled MAC address filtering in the router, then you would need to update the MAC list with the MAC address from your new computer.

      If you are having problems connecting, you can try disconnecting the power from the modem and router and wait about 30 seconds. After that, plugin in the modem and wait for it to finish powering up. Once the modem is up, reconnect the power to the router.

  37. Erica says:

    also, i am on a mac, if it makes a difference. i was able to log in as “user” but then didn’t have sufficient privileges to change the password. i have now exhausted my technology abilities.

    • Paul says:

      The user that you logged in as, does it have admin privileges? Was the user ID admin?

      • Erica says:

        Hi, sorry it took me a while to get back to this. no, i was logged in as user, since i couldn’t get in as admin. it didn’t have privileges to change the password. i think it may just be broken, at least as far as resetting goes. thanks again.

  38. Erica says:


    I am trying to reset my DI 524, I’ve pressed the reset button several times (for as long as a minute probably) and the WLAN light never stops blinking. I can get on the internet through it, so it must not have a password on it, but when I go to and leave it as admin, and just hit “Log in” it says Invalid password, please try again.” It doesn’t seem to have a password on it though! I don’t know what to try next, any ideas?

    • Paul says:

      The password to log into the administrative pages doesn’t prevent you from accessing the Internet. It looks like you need a password to connect to the admin pages, but you may or may not need a WPA/WEP passcode to connect to the Internet. Many times if you have previously setup the wireless network on your computer, you won’t be prompted to reenter the passcode.

      For the reset button, does the lights on the router change when you hold it down. If not, then you may not be pressing the button in all the way.

  39. John says:

    I was helping my brother with couple things. At his cable modem it is going to a DGL-4100 Router. Outputs to Desktop Direct, 2-XBOX 360 Direct, and to wall jack that goes to guest Room that has 2 Desktop Computers.

    I had installed the D-Link DI-524 in there for 2 things; Direct to 2 other Desktop PC’s and to setup the wireless for PS3 in the family room. Was working fine till I did the current firmware upgrade on the DI-524. The Desktops and PS3 no longer recognize a internet connection? Help how to get this to work again is appreciated!

    • Paul says:

      Have you tried resetting the router back to factory defaults, and then resecuring it? You can always try unplugging the router, resetting the modem and then powering up the router once the modem is back online.

      Also, verify that your router is assigning the proper number of IP addresses (don’t know why it would change, but it’s worth a peak) to ensure all your equipment can receive an IP address. Also, check the change log of the latest firmware update to see what was changed.

      • John says:


        Thanks for your suggestions… will check this out tonight.
        The firmware upgrade says improved performance. August 16, 2006 Version 1.23

        Ironically I have the same router; DI-524 in my home. Back in 2007 when my son received the Wireless antenna for his XBOX360 the connection was really poor, losing connection etc… Did some research to find out there was this same firmware update for the DI-524. After the update the 360 has been running great over the wireless connection.

  40. Kathleen says:

    Where is the PIN # located at? I can’t find it. I need it to setup a wireless connection on my laptop =/ It’s not on the back of my router. And I lost my CD and manual. Is there anyway to get the PIN number?

  41. rishab says:

    I think 1 more piece of info. should have been mentioned.
    After resetting your router, change your network properties to “auto assign”, else you might get a connection to server timed out error [ depending on what your network setting was prior to resetting the router ].
    I just thought it was worth mentioning since some people above have complained of a server timed out error once the router was reset.

  42. Jen says:

    Whoohoo!! Thanks SOOO much for your awesome articles about resetting the router and securing the network! You rock man!
    I inherited a DI-524 and didn’t know the first thing about wireless or routers. In fact to me a router is a hand held wood working device! lol

    Followed all your instructions to the T, and presto wham-o, router reset, secured, and my laptop is now mobile around the condo!

    You made my day!
    Jen – 50 yrs young! 🙂

  43. miss d says:

    I’ve set up my router I have internet and wireless but I want to set up the Admin/security but whenever i enter: the browser page shows a Page Load Error, it says “The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.” I’ve tried this many times 🙁

  44. Syed says:

    My router is having problems. Like whenever i try resetting my router and then I go to my web browser and type in, I put in admin with no password in the password box and it doesn’t move on to the next page, it just sits there. What can I do? any more tips?

  45. piddien says:

    My reset button doesn’t work. Is there some way to do it in the web interface or through CLI or something?

  46. K says:

    If my router is plugged into my modem, and then my computer is plugged into the router, I cannot connect to the internet.

    (a direct connection between modem and computer works fine)

    So I tried to reset my router (My ISP told me I should try that) so I reset it while the computer was plugged into the router, but then I couldnt connect to the IP address you put here.

    Do I have a different sort of problem?

  47. Anonymous says:

    Try entering the password under admin in the log in, i think that might create the password for you.

  48. chris says:

    what happens is I type in admin with no password, and it let’s me move on to the open page, then I click on wizard and it takes me to the change password page, I leave the old password empty and type in my new password and once again in the confirm box, then it opens another box that wants my password,
    I tried typing admin and leaving the password blank also tried admin with new password, but it still locks me out wheream I going wrong?

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