How to Access Netgear Wireless Router Settings

by Steve McDonnell

When you purchase a Netgear wireless router, you can remove it from the box, connect it to the Internet, plug it in and start using it right away. However, there are settings you should change on the router to establish security for your wireless network and for the router itself. You can access the router's settings by connecting a computer to the router and using an Internet browser to change them.

Step 1

Insert one end of an Ethernet cable into one of the ports labeled "1" through "4" on the back of the router. Insert the other end of the cable into the Ethernet port on a computer or laptop.

Step 2

Launch a browser on the computer. Type one of the following three URLs into the address bar in your browser and press "Enter" to access the router:, or

Step 3

Type "admin" in the user name field of the login window and type "password" in the password field if you're setting the router up for the first time. Type the username and password you established for the router if you already configured it. Click "OK" to access the router's settings.

Determine if you want to use the Setup Wizard if you're configuring the router for the first time. Select "Yes" to use the wizard or select "No" to go to the configuration menu.


  • If you can't remember the username and password you assigned to the router, you must reset it to its factory settings.


About the Author

Steve McDonnell's experience running businesses and launching companies complements his technical expertise in information, technology and human resources. He earned a degree in computer science from Dartmouth College, served on the WorldatWork editorial board, blogged for the Spotfire Business Intelligence blog and has published books and book chapters for International Human Resource Information Management and Westlaw.

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