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Netgear Wireless Router - Securing Your Wireless

How to Secure Your Netgear Wireless Router
This guide will take you step by step to setup wireless security on a Netgear wireless router. You can also follow these same steps to find your wireless network security key.

To begin we will need to connect a computer with an Ethernet cable directly to the Netgear router. You can do this setup connected to the wireless but you will be disconnected from your wireless router at least twice during the setup without using an Ethernet cable. Note: If using Windows Vista or older it is highly recommended to use an Ethernet cable for this setup.

  1. First, we will need to use the computer that we have wired directly into the LAN port on the router. Once you are on this computer, please open your Internet browser (We will be using Internet Explorer for this example).

  2. Once you have opened your Internet browser, you will need to clear out the Address Bar across the top. Here you will need to type in into the Address Bar, and then press Enter on your keyboard. (Some newer Netgear routers may actually use for the address)

  3. You will then be prompted for a Username and Password. Enter admin for the Username and password for the Password.

  4. Now you will click on Wireless Settings on the left side of the screen. When the new screen loads on the right, you can rename your wireless network by changing the Name (SSID). Under Security Options, select WPA-PSK (Wi-Fi) Protected Access. Now a box will appear below that labeled Passphrase. This is where you will type what you would like your wireless password to be. Once you have entered your password, press Apply at the bottom of the screen.

  5. After you have pressed Apply, the router will now broadcast a secure wireless broadcast. Any of your wireless devices will initially have to type in the passphrase which was entered into the wireless router. If you continue to have any problems, feel free to contact the Helpdesk at 1.888.565.3200