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November 5th, 2012

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This guide explains how to configure WPA/WPA2 encrypted security on NETGEAR wireless routers.  It can also be applied to NETGEAR access points.

Open up your browser of choice (eg. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari)

It is recommended to use an ethernet cable to connect a computer to any one of the four LAN ports of the NETGEAR router to setup and amend wireless settings. This will prevent you from being disconnected from the wireless network during setup.

In the address bar, type in the address of your router’s configuration page.
By default this is or on a Netgear router.
You should now be presented with a login screen.
Enter your username and password, the defaults are (case sensitive):

Username: “admin”
Password: “password”

Note: The URL changes by the product model. You can sometimes find the login URL and default login information on a sticker on the bottom or back of the router.

Once logged in, you will be taken to this webpage:

Netgear router start page

Click on Wireless Settings, under Setup located on the left hand menu.
Note: The option may be called Wireless on some routers.


Netgear left hand menu bar

You’ll be presented (depending on model) with the following information on the main part of the screen:

Wireless settings page


Under Wireless Network, enter your desired network name in the Name (SSID) box.

WPA + WPA2 Security

Under Security Options, select WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES].

Under Security Options (WPA-PSK + WPA2-PSK), enter your desired network password into the Passphrasebox.

WRITE DOWN or KEEP NOTE of your network name, security option and passphrase – you will require them to connect wireless computers and devices to your network.

Click Apply to save the settings.


  • Dual-band wireless routers may require you to configure 2.4GHz (b/g/n) and the 5GHz (a/n) settings seperately.
    (see the “Wireless settings page” image above)
  • Once your network is secure, you can further protect your network by restricting access to a set of devices through the Wireless Card Access List (aka, Access Control List).  With the Access Control List, devices that are not on the list are not allowed to connect to your network.