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October 26, 2023

How to Factory Reset Meraki AP (Access Points)

How to Factory Reset Meraki AP

Introduction: Cisco Meraki Access Points (APs) have revolutionized how businesses and individuals approach their networking needs and are frequently used across many industries today. With their robust capabilities they provide users with unparalleled connectivity. However, as with all electronic devices, there may be times when a reset is necessary to restore optimal functionality or clear old configurations. This article provides a comprehensive guide on how to factory reset Meraki AP (Access Points), ensuring you maintain a consistent and efficient network environment. Why Reset?  A reset can be likened to giving your device a fresh start. It’s useful for several reasons:
  • Clear Old Configurations: Especially useful when re-purposing an Access Point for a new location or network. This should be a regular occurrence before selling equipment.
  • Troubleshooting: If an Access Point is behaving erratically, a reset can help eliminate software glitches.
  • Upgrades/Updates: Post major software updates or migrations, a reset ensures the Access Point starts afresh with the latest configurations. If you need assistance with upgrading, reach out to TeleTraders to see how we can help!
  • Security: If a device is being transferred or decommissioned, a reset can ensure no residual data remains.

Step-by-Step Guide to How Cisco Meraki APs:

  1. Locate the Reset Button:
    • For Outdoor APs: The ‘Reset’ button is typically found close to or beneath the Ethernet port. Examples of outdoor access points would include the MR76, MR86, or MR78
    • For Indoor APs: The ‘Reset’ button is generally located near the power and Ethernet ports. Examples of indoor access points would include the MR36, MR28, or MR44
  2. Initiate the Reset:
    • With the AP powered on, press and hold the ‘Reset’ button for approximately 10-15 seconds. Using a small pin or paperclip can be handy if the button is recessed.
  3. Monitor the AP:
    • During the reset process, you’ll notice the LEDs on the AP reacting — either by flashing or changing colors. This indicates that the reset is in progress.
  4. Post-Reset Configuration:
    • After releasing the button, allow the AP some time — usually between 5 to 10 minutes. During this period, the AP will attempt to download the most recent configuration from the Meraki dashboard. It’s crucial to ensure the device remains powered on throughout this phase.
    • If the AP was previously set with a static IP or specific configurations, you would need to reconfigure those post-reset.
  5. Verify the Reset:
    • Once the AP completes its reset process and possibly a configuration download, ensure it’s functioning as expected. Connect a device to it and check for stable connectivity.
How to Factory Reset Meraki AP

Points to Ponder:

  • While the reset process for how to factory reset Meraki APs is straightforward, always consider the implications. A reset will erase configurations and may disrupt network connectivity temporarily.
  • It is imperative to completely factory reset Meraki Access Points anytime you plan to sell them. If you need help resetting your equipment and plan to sell it, get a free quote and an easy step-by-step process from the TeleTraders team!
  • If you’re managing multiple APs, ensure you’re resetting the correct device to avoid unintentional disruptions.
  • Always refer to the Meraki dashboard or any network management tool you’re using to monitor the status of the AP post-reset.


Resetting a Cisco Meraki Access Point is a relatively simple process, but it’s one that can be immensely beneficial under the right circumstances. Whether you’re troubleshooting, reconfiguring, or enhancing security, this guide ensures you can confidently and effectively reset your AP, paving the way for optimal network performance. Remember, while a reset provides a fresh start, always approach with caution, understanding the implications for your broader network. Need to reset other equipment, see more TeleTraders reset guides below!
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