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Factory reset a MikroTik hEX PoE RB960PGS using the reset button

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/08/02

[WayBack] Manual:Reset – MikroTik Wiki:

 unplug the device from power

2) press and hold the button right after applying power

Note: hold the button for 5 seconds (USER LED will start flashing)

3) release the button to clear configuration.

Icon-note.png Note: If you wait until LED stops flashing, and only then release the button – this will instead launch Netinstall mode, to reinstall RouterOS.

Initial configuration

(see also [WayBack] Manual:First time startup – MikroTik Wiki)

  1. Connect your machine to port 1 on the Mikrotik hEX PoE RB960PGS (after the reset, this port will have IPv4 address with netmask
  2. Ensure your local machine to IPv4 address with netmask (otherwise WinBox might not see the router, not even in discovery mode):

  3. Have WinBox auto discover it:

  4. Connect with user admin and no password:


  5. Configure your Mikrotik hEX PoE RB960PGS as router or switch

For switch, I prefer a setting like this (the bold portions are different from the default configuration):

/interface bridge
add admin-mac=64:D1:54:13:98:E6 auto-mac=no comment=defconf name=bridgeLocal
/interface wireless security-profiles
set [ find default=yes ] supplicant-identity=MikroTik
/ip hotspot profile
set [ find default=yes ] html-directory=flash/hotspot
/interface bridge port
add bridge=bridgeLocal comment=defconf interface=ether1
add bridge=bridgeLocal comment=defconf interface=ether2
add bridge=bridgeLocal comment=defconf interface=ether3
add bridge=bridgeLocal comment=defconf interface=ether4
add bridge=bridgeLocal comment=defconf interface=ether5
add bridge=bridgeLocal comment=defconf interface=sfp1
/ip dhcp-client
add comment=defconf dhcp-options=hostname,clientid disabled=no interface=bridgeLocal
/ip dns static
add address= name=router.lan
/system clock
set time-zone-name=Europe/Amsterdam
/system identity
set name="RB960PGS <<location-name>>"
/system ntp client
set enabled=yes,,,


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