A router is a device that expands the reach of your modem. Basically, it allows multiple devices to share an internet connection. Every device that needs to access internet needs a unique IP address. Your Internet Service Provider(ISP) provides you an IP address allowing one of your device to access the internet. A router accesses the internet using that IP address, then provides local IP addresses to other devices who are going to share your Internet connection.
There are various brands available in the market selling different types and varieties of routers. Out of them, Netgear routers are among the best sellers for home and small businesses. They are small and fully loaded with many features. Also they are very easy to set up. So today, in this article, we will be covering a new Netgear router login and initial setup. We’ll take you from unboxing to managing a basic wired and wireless network.
Unboxing the Netgear Router
The Netgear router comes with a power supply, an Ethernet cable and the router itself. An instruction book might or might not be present inside the box. Unpack the router and get ready to connect.
For a typical home network configuration, you will be connecting you’re your router between your ISP modem and your computer, switch or network hub. Here’s how to do this: –
- Switch off your ISP modem.
- Connect output cable from your modem to the input of the router. This can be labelled WAN or Internet on the router depending on the model you have.
- Connect a LAN or Ethernet port on the Netgear router to your PC.
- Turn on your ISP modem.
- Connect the power adapter to the router.
- Plug it in and turn it on and you’re good to go.
Many models of the Netgear router come with a hardware power switch, if your router does not get on, look for that switch.
Netgear Router Login
Now you are ready to setup your Netgear router. For this, you have to login through a web browser to configure it.
- Open a browser installed on the connected computer and type “http://www.routerlogin.com” in the URL bar and hit enter.
- The default login credentials are ‘admin’ for username and ‘password’ for password.
- Type them and Log in.
Now you will see a Netgear router configuration page with some of the basic information on it.
In case the URL doesn’t work try ”http://routerlogin.net “. Both .com and .net URL should work but sometimes .com doesn’t work until the initial configuration process is not completed.
Netgear Initial Setup
So far, you have connected your router, powered it up and logged into your Netgear router. And now’s the time to configure it. The first thing to do is to change your default password, check for firmware updates and set up Wi-Fi if you need it.
Change Default Password on a Netgear Router
Leaving the password as the default could pose serious threats to you. Although the Netgear routers offer great level of security but anyone’s first guess for the username and password will be the default configuration, and if they get access to your Netgear router or your internet connection, you the consequences. So to fill this security hole, you have to change the default password. Here’s how you can do it.
- Click on the Advanced tab from the Netgear configuration menu.
- Select Administrator and Set Password.
- For Old Password, type password.
- Fill in the new password twice where prompted.
- Click Apply.
If you think you might forget your password, check the box that says Enable Password Recovery, but this leads you to vulnerability as far as security is concerned.
Check For Firmware Updates
The router you received today might have been manufactured a couple of months ago or maybe a year ago or more. During that time period, Firmware updates could have been released that had added new features, fixes or close security holes in the software. So, to update your software to the latest, you can try this method.
- Click on the Advanced Tab in the Netgear configuration menu.
- Select Administrator.
- Click on Firmware update.
- Select Check and allow the router to check for new firmware updates.
- Follow the installation wizard that shows up if there is an update available.
Set-up a Wi-fi Network
This would be our final step in the initial set up process and here is a quick method to do this.
- Click on the Advanced tab in the Netgear configuration menu.
- Click on Advanced Setup.
- Then click on Wireless settings.
- Select Enable Wireless Router Radio next to all frequencies on the page displayed.
- Click on Apply.
- Uncheck the box that says ‘Enable Router’s PIN’ for extra security.
- Click on WPS settings.
- Check the box that says ‘Disable Router’s PIN’.
- Move on to Security options and select ‘WPA2-PSK (AES)’.
- Enter a security password.
- Click on Apply.
Your wireless network is up now and you connect any device you wish to, to the network by entering the security password you entered in Step 10.
Now you have logged in to your Netgear, has completed the initial setup. From here, you are free to change LAN settings, disable remote management and add firewall rules.
So here we are done for now. Good Luck with your new Netgear.