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How to Reset 802.11ac or 802.11n Models of AirPort Base Stations?

If you’re a fan of an Apple AirPort Express Base Station Router, have already purchased it and now want to reset the 802.11ac or 802.11n models, then this post is for you. Please keep on reading.

The brilliantly-designed Apple AirPort Express Base Station Router is an incredible Wi-Fi 802.11n technology supported device that enables its users to access internet connectivity within dual bandwidth modes on the Apple devices of the users. Moreover, the tremendous support for dual bandwidths with 5 GHz as well as 2.4 GHz frequencies of this particular device will enable its users’ connected devices to switch to the suitable band automatically so that its users could access internet connection at the correct speed. It signifies that the devices, such as iPhone 4S and older models would operate on the 2.4 GHz bandwidth but the devices, including iPhone 5, Mac or iPad would operate either on the 5GHz or on the 2.4GHz bandwidth.

Now, it’s time to learn the resetting process of your AirPort Express Base Station. So, continue your reading.

Actually, the resetting process means the respective AirPort base station is trying to restore it to a condition that enables its users to regain the control of this device whenever they have lost its based station’s password or in case the respective base station isn’t responding, as per the expectation. And don’t forget that based on the model of your base station, you can perform one or multiple of these kinds of resets:

Soft Reset:

This soft reset process will reset your base station’s password and disable its security for 5 minutes of duration so that you can connect to the network for starting making changes. But, in case you make no changes within this time frame, the base station would revert to its older settings. You need to perform this reset in case you’re unable to administer the respective base station, as you’ve forgotten its password.

Hard Reset:

The hard reset process will reset your base station to an un-configured condition or state, however, it reserves the last saved configuration and any kind of profile that enables you in restoring the respective base station from its previous settings. You should execute this reset process whenever your based station is in unresponsive mode or if you’re troubleshooting network problems aren’t corrected by other ways.

Factory-Default Reset:

The factory-default reset is like a hard reset process, however, it removes any kind of saved configurations as well as profiles. You need to execute this resetting procedure in case you’re thinking of selling or giving away your base station. And moreover, this process won’t delete any data that’s stored on the built-in hard drive of Time Capsule, or any kind of external hard drive that’s connected to the base station.

Whenever you’re going to perform a hard reset process or factory-default reset, actually the following has happened:

Your base station has been set to request an IP address by DHCP.

The base station password has been set to “public.”

The base station name has been set to “base station,” that’s followed by the last six digits of the MAC (Media Access Control) address of your base station.

The network name of your base station has been set to “Apple Network,” that has been followed by the last six digits of the MAC address of your based station.

The particular base station won’t be visible in the Wi-Fi status menu or AirPort Utility for up to the duration of a minute. You might then make use of the device in its default state or might reconfigure it by utilizing AirPort Utility.

But, a point to consider here is that prior to resetting your base station, it would be the best idea to ensure that its firmware is updated if it’s possible.

You have to also find out the reset button on the respective base station, present next to the ports. Whenever you would be prompted to do so, just press this particular button using a straightened paperclip or a pen.

Hope, you have got some valuable insights till now. Now, it’s time to learn the reset process of 802.11ac or 802.11n Models of your AirPort Base Stations:

Soft Reset

Execute the following steps below to complete the soft reset procedure:

As a first step, you need to ensure that this particular base station has been connected to power.

Next, it’s time to press and hold the respective reset button for the duration of 1 second and then just you have to release the button. The status light on your base station would start flashing amber.

Now, from the Wi-Fi status menu in the respective menu bar, you have to select the Wi-Fi network that’s already created by your base station.

Next, it’s time to open AirPort Utility that’s present in the “Utilities” folder of the respective Applications folder.

In this step, you need to click the icon for the particular base station in AirPort Utility and then click on “Edit” from the pop-up menu. Now, you’re free to change the password or reconfigure the respective base station, as per the requirement. And when completed, just click on “Update.”

Hard Reset:

Implement the steps below to complete the hard reset procedure:

First, you have to ensure that your base station has been connected to power.

Now, you need to press and hold the respective reset button for around 5 seconds as long as you see the status light on your base station would start flashing amber rapidly. Now, you have to release the button.

Now, you have to wait around a minute for your base station to complete restarting.

In this step, you have to open AirPort Utility that’s present in the “Utilities” folder of the particular Application folder.

It’s time to click “Other Wi-Fi Devices” button and then you need to choose your base station from the particular list. Now, just click “Edit.”

Next, you have to click the “Other Options button.”

It’s time to click on Restore previous settings,” and then you need to click on “Next” as long as you get to the final window.

Whenever AirPort Utility indicates the particular setup has been completed, now click on “Done.”

If you want to know more about the Apple Airport Setup, then you can contact the respective customer care service.

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