Summary: How to find and configure your router's wireless settings.

You might need to reconnect to your network after changing some of these settings (particularly the Network Name (SSID), or Security Options). See our Wireless connection guide if you need help with this.

  1. Connect and log in to your router
  2. Standard wireless settings
  3. Guest network settings
  4. Advanced wireless settings

1. Connect and log in to your router

To check or change any of your router's settings, you'll need to log in. To do this, follow the steps below:

Step 1

Open your web browser (This might be Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox).

Ignore any websites (or error messages) that appear and go to www.routerlogin.net.

Enter the router IP into your web browser
Step 2 You'll be asked to log in. The username is admin and (unless you've changed it) the password is password. Your router's home page indicates that you're logged in.
Step 3

You'll see a firmware update check (which you can skip if you like) before being taken to the Basic Settings screen.

Your router's home page indicates that you're logged in.
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2. Wireless settings

To access your routers wireless settings, log in as described above and select Wireless Settings (under Setup) from the blue menu on the left of your screen.

The available options are explained below:

Setting What does it do?
Enable SSID Broadcast

By default, your Netgear router displays it's Name (SSID) to any device that scans for wireless networks. To stop this from happening, untick this box.

Computers and other devices will still be able to connect to your network but you'll need to type the SSID in, rather than choosing it from a list.

Enable Wireless Isolation

When enabled, devices connected over wireless can only access the Internet. They won't be able to access any other devices or log in to your router.

Name (SSID) The broadcast name of your wireless network, you'll see it when scanning for networks to connect to.
Region

The region controls the available frequencies that your router can broadcast wireless signals over.

Please note: Changing the region can result in your router broadcasting on frequencies that are illegal to use in Europe.

Channel

Choose the channel (frequency) that your wireless network transmits on. By default this will be set to Auto.

  • Auto - your router will choose the best channel each time you switch it on
  • 01-13 - choose a single channel to broadcast on

If you're having problems, using a single channel can improve the stability of your wireless connection.

You'll need to experiment to find the channel that's best for you. We recommend trying channels 1, 6 or 12 first.

Security Options

Choose the method of encryption for your wireless network.

  • None
  • WEP
  • WPA-PSK
  • WPA2-PSK
  • WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES]

WPA2 is the newest and most secure version of WPA, but not all systems support it.

WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES] is the standard option and will allow connections through either level of WPA.

Only change to WPA2 if all your computers or devices support it.

None means anyone can access your network. WEP is an outdated method of encryption which is easily cracked. We do not recommend choosing either of these options.

Leave this set to WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES] unless you have a specific reason to change.

Security Options Passphrase This is the password you need to log on to your Wireless network.

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3. Guest network settings

To allow someone to connect to your wireless network without giving them your wireless password, you can set up a secondary 'guest' network with it's own separate connection settings.

To do this, log in as described above and select Guest Network Settings (under Setup) from the blue menu on the left of your screen.

The available options are explained below:

Setting What does it do?
Enable Guest Network

If this check box is checked, then your guest network is enabled.

Enable SSID Broadcast

By default, your Netgear router will display the Guest Network Name (SSID) to any computer that scans for available networks. To stop this from happening and hide the SSID, untick this box.

Computers and other devices will still be able to connect to your network but you'll need to type the SSID in, rather than choosing from a list of available networks.

Allow guest to access My Local Network

If Checked, devices connected to the guest network can access the internet and all devices connected to both the guest and primary networks.

If Unchecked, devices connected to the guest network can only access the Internet and other devices connected to the guest network.

Enable Wireless Isolation

When enabled, devices connected to your guest network can only access the Internet. They won't be able to access any other devices or log into your router.

Guest Wireless Network Name (SSID) The broadcast name of your guest wireless network, you'll see it when scanning for networks to connect to.
Security Options

Choose the method of encryption for your wireless network.

  • None
  • WEP
  • WPA-PSK
  • WPA2-PSK
  • WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES]

WPA2 is the newest and most secure version of WPA, but not all systems support it.

WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES] is the standard option and will allow connections through either level of WPA.

Only change to WPA2 if all your computers or devices support it.

None means anyone can access your network. WEP is an outdated method of encryption which is easily cracked. We do not recommend choosing either of these options.

Leave this set to WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES] unless you have a specific reason to change it.

Security Options Passphrase This is the password you need to log on to your Wireless network.

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4. Advanced wireless settings

Please note: Changing your routers advanced settings can cause problems with your connection. Please be careful

To access your router's advanced settings, log in as described above and select Wireless Settings (under Advanced) from the blue menu on the left of your screen.

The available options are explained below:

Setting What does it do?
Enable Wireless Router Radio Switch your wireless on or off.

Fragmentation Length

CTS/RTS Threshold

Pre-amble mode

These options are reserved for wireless testing and advanced configuration only. We do not recommend changing these settings.

Router's PIN This is the PIN number used to connect devices via WPS.
Disable Router's PIN

Checking this box prevents any device from connecting using WPS.

Keep Existing Wireless Settings

If this option is unticked, each new WPS connection will change the router's wireless settings to an automatically generated random SSID and security key.

Wireless Card Access List

Switch on and configure MAC address filtering.

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This page last updated 1st November 2011

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