Modern communication relies heavily on wireless networks and is therefore gaining popularity for both home and business networks. The wireless network offers the advantage of mobility and eliminates the use of cables. Computers at home or in a small office can easily be connected via a wireless network.
Configure the wireless router network
Setting up a secure network through a Netgear or any router will keep your data safe from eavesdropping and prevent any uninvited users from entering your network. You will need to follow certain guidelines to set up a secure wireless network which will be delivered through Wireless Protected Array (WPA) or Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP).
Connect to modem
- Turn off your modem. Then connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the “input”, indicated on the back of the router, and another end to the modem. Now turn the modem back on.
Generally, it’s a good rule to wait at least a minute before proceeding to the next step.
Connect to computer
- Connect one end of a second Ethernet cable to one of the available ports on the router. Most modern routers include four ports.
Power your router
- Plug your router into a power source and wait for the LED on your router to signal that it is connected to the internet. Generally, routers have a green LED indicator that turns solid when connected.
Install software and drivers
- If your router includes a disc to install the drivers, insert the disc and continue following the instructions on the disc to install the drivers and configure your network.
- If your router does not include a disk, proceed to the next steps.
Configure your network
- Take note of the router’s IP address which is automatically selected (default) and mentioned in the user guide. Most routers use default as the default IP address
- Open your default web browser and enter the router address in the empty search field provided.
- Insert a valid username and password. If you haven’t configured one and you need one, the default for most brands of routers is Username: Admin, Password: Password.
- You can also access your routers (home page) by going to Start Menu\Control Panel\Network and Sharing Center. Click the center icon at the top, which usually has home as the icon if you saved your network as a home network. On the next page, under Network Infrastructure, you should see your router listed. Just right click on your router icon and you should have a menu option to bring up the home page.
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- Choose your basic settings such as router name and IP addressing
Wireless Security Settings
- Locate Wireless Security or Wireless Settings. Choose a name (SSID) for your network that you can easily identify and if you want to broadcast your wireless signal.
- Select the channel to broadcast on, by default a router usually has this setting on Auto which is fine for most users.
- Select Wireless Mode. This is your speed for your wireless. Example: 54 Mbps, 145 Mbps and 300 Mbps.
For your wireless security settings, most modern routers include the following types of security:
- None – No security. Not recommended if you are in an area where someone living next to you might be using your wireless connection to connect to the Internet.
- WEP – Older security encryption used for wireless networks with better options now available. This option does not give a password but a unique key that users enter to connect.
- WPA-PSK[TKIP] – Better security than WEP and sometimes users still use it if they have problems connecting devices. Still a great security option. There is a 54 Mbps limit on this connection using Legacy G.
- WPA2-PSK[AES] – Newer security using N support and if you have no issues with connected devices, this is the recommended security option as it gives you the best security.
- WPA-PSK[TKIP]+WPA2-PSK[AES] – If you have problems with connecting devices, you can use this setting as it offers you a combination of WPA and WPA2.
Another thing to note aside from setting up your router is setting up sharing for computers and devices connected to your network. Windows has come a long way to make this easier for users and most users can do this by following the walkthrough in Windows.
How do I configure my NETGEAR wireless router step by step?
To configure NETGEAR wireless router on Windows 11 or Windows 10, you can refer to the above-mentioned guide. Although it’s not rocket science, there are a few things you should keep in mind when setting up a NETGEAR or any other wireless router on your computer. This article explains all the aspects so that you can configure things according to your needs.
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How to connect a wireless router to a computer?
To connect a wireless router to a computer, you mainly have two options. First, you can use the Wi-Fi adapter to connect to the Wi-Fi network. This is the most common way to get internet connection from the router. However, if you don’t have a Wi_Fi adapter, you can use an Ethernet cable to get the same.
That’s all! I hope this guide has helped you configure your router.