[FAQ ID: 202]How to hard reset TP-Link wireless access point to factory default

Suitable for: Outdoor Wireless, 300Mbps Wireless N Access Points, 150Mbps Wireless N Access Points, 54Mbps Wireless G Access Points, Range Extenders

Note: A hard reset will restore your device to factory default settings. You should reconfigure the device from scratch or you can load the configuration file you have backed up before the reset.
 
To perform a hard reset please follow the instructions below. Method 1 is applicable for most of the models. For models which can be hard reset by using Method 2 please refer to appendix.
 
Method 1:
Directly press and hold the reset button on the rear panel with a solid pin for approximately 8 to 10 seconds when the device is powered on. The device will be reset and it will reboot automatically.
 
Method 2:
Directly press and hold the reset button on the rear panel with a solid pin for approximately 1 to 2 seconds when the device is powered on.
 
Note: After hard reset please check the label at the back of the unit to get the default access info and login credentials.
 
Appendix: Use Method 2 to hard reset the following models.
Model No.
Hardware Version
TL-WA850RE EU/UK
Any version