How to Set up a Netgear Wireless Router

by Adrian Grahams

There's more to installing a Netgear wireless router than just plugging it in to the power supply and switching on the device. Along with the router, Netgear includes an AC power adapter, snap-on router stand, yellow Ethernet cable, installation manual and a Resource CD containing the installation software. Take time to familiarize yourself with the router and, in particular, the indicator lights on the front panel that display the device's power, Internet connection and wireless network connectivity status. For the router to work correctly, you'll need to place it in a suitable location in your home or office and connect the device to your computer. Use the installation software CD that shipped with your Netgear router to launch the Smart Wizard application on your computer. The Netgear Smart Wizard will guide you through the installation procedure and automatically download and install the latest firmware updates for your router.

Find a suitable location for the wireless router. Select an elevated, central position that's close to a power outlet and offers optimal wireless reception across as much of your home or office as possible. Don't place the router on the floor, under a desk, or near household appliances and other large metallic objects because these can interfere with the wireless signal and block reception.

Peel off the protective film cover from the sides of the router.

Clip the router into the supplied stand.

Insert the Resource CD into the computer's drive. The program starts automatically. Click the "Setup" option in the program window.

Click the "Yes" button when the Smart Wizard prompts you to download and install the latest firmware updates for the router.

Follow the onscreen instructions in the Smart Wizard to set up the router. During this process you connect the router to your DSL socket or cable modem and also connect the LAN socket on your computer to a LAN port on the router with the supplied Ethernet cable. You also plug the router's AC adapter into the power outlet and power on the device. The Smart Wizard then guides you through connecting the router to the Internet, setting up your wireless network and configuring security protection for the network.

Wait for the Smart Wizard to complete the installation procedure and automatically close the program window. The Smart Wizard adds a "Router_Setup.html" file and router login shortcut to your computer’s desktop so that you can view the Netgear router's settings.


  • If you're installing the router on a corporate network or with a corporate PC, check with your company's network administration or IT support staff, because corporate network settings or Virtual Private Network software may prevent the router from installing correctly.
  • Netgear offers a manual setup option for users with computers running the Linux operating system. Only select this option if you're an advanced user who is familiar with Linux systems.

About the Author

Adrian Grahams began writing professionally in 1989 after training as a newspaper reporter. His work has been published online and in various newspapers, including "The Cornish Times" and "The Sunday Independent." Grahams specializes in technology and communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science, postgraduate diplomas in journalism and website design and is studying for an MBA.

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