How to Reset a Ralink Wireless Adapter

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How to Reset a Ralink Wireless Adapter
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Since a wireless adaptor does not have a reset button that can be pressed like other wireless modems or routers you must go through the operating system to reset the device. A Ralink wireless adaptor connects to the USB port of your computer and receives the signal being transmitted from your wireless provider. Resetting the USB adaptor takes a few minutes and is a basic troubleshooting step if you are having issues with your wireless network.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Navigate to the start menu and access your control panel. Type "adapter" into your search box if using Windows Vista or Windows 7. Access the "Network and sharing Center" and click "View network connections."

  2. 2

    Right click on the Ralink wireless adaptor using your mouse and click "Disable." Wait approximately 15 seconds. Waiting a few seconds allows you to ensure the wireless adaptor has completely reset.

  3. 3

    Unplug the wireless adaptor from the USB port. Though not necessary, unplugging the wireless adaptor from the USB port ensures that the device has temporarily lost its power so it can refresh once is reconnected to the USB port. Connect the USB wireless adaptor back to the USB port.

  4. 4

    Right-click the wireless adaptor per your computer and click "Enable." Attempt to access the Internet.

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