...will cause it to "re-initialize" to the internet service provider and usually fix minor modem connection issues.. Yes, it can be done with the power switch only and no cables need to be disconnected.. Still, when performing this step, it's best to turn OFF the computer first, then turn off the modem, then leave the power off for a few minutes, (maybe five or so minutes), then restart the modem, wait two minutes for it to reinitialize, then turn on the computer again.. DSL isn't as critical as cable service, (Cable modems tend to need a longer "OFF" period to re-initialize correctly.), but turning OFF the computer first is primarily for safety to the computer's files and hardware. As you have stated, in the case of a modem/router combo unit, the step above will NOT change the settings within the modem/router itself such as firewall or passwords...
Hope this helps.
I pose this question because I find conflicting information when I google this issue
If I lose my internet connection and I need to restart my DSL modem, can I do that by just simply turning the DSL Modem power button off and then back on? (My DSL modem does have a power button)
I'm NOT TALKING ABOUT RESETTING DSL MODEM, JUST RESTARTING
I have read about turning off the pc, unplugging DSL MOdem etc.
But then some friends who are Computer Techs for a school system say that
FIRST THING TO TRY-you just need to simply turn off the power switch to the DSL Modem, then turn it back on. No need to unplug anything like PC, etc
so I'm confused as what the correct first option to try
Again, not talking about RESETTING, talking about RESTARTING