Securing a NETGEAR Wireless Router

Wed, Jul 18, 2007, by Mary Sue Pleasant

Security

Ever needed to connect to something via wireless? Do it now with your NETGEAR Wireless Modem Router!

Do your neighbors frequently hack into YOUR wireless network? Are you constantly paying for YOUR neighbors’ quota usage because they know how to hack? Secure your network today! Here’s a guide to` the NetGear range of products.

What is security?

There are really two… no, three types of security. No security, WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) security and WPA security. WEP is older and easier to hack, but not allowed by some NETGEAR routers. WPA is the most up-to-date, but is not compatible with some portable WiFi devices such as the Nintendo DS or Nintendo DS Lite. There are also two types of WPA, but we are going to talk about WPA2, the second and newest type.

So if you want to use Nintendo WiFi, that’s a different story. I’m going to talk about WPA2 security. However, the setup is very similar for WPA1 (WPA).

Why secure?

Anybody with a wireless area network (WAN) or wireless router should at least use WEP encryption. This is because routers today are configured to “broadcast” at a larger range. This basically means that as the years went on, you could be further away from your router to use it. Unfortunately, this means that your neighbors can just jump onto their computers and use up your quota set by your ISP, meaning you’ll get slower internet (this is called “shaping”) and a costly invoice. But if you live in the middle of nowhere, and your nearest neighbor is out of your wireless router’s range capability (anywhere up to 500m), you can stay unsecured.

What NETGEAR routers are WPA2 compatible?

Here I’m going to assume that you’re a home user or have a home router. Here is a list of all the home NETGEAR WAN routers and whether they’re WPA2 compatible or not.

Router Brand/Range Name Compatible With
RangeMax Next Wireless-N Router WEP, WPA, WPA2
RangeMax Next Wireless-N Modem Router WEP, WPA, WPA2
RangeMax Wireless Router WEP, WPA, WPA2
Double 108 MBPS WPA
Super G Wireless Routers WEP, WPA
Wireless G Routers WEP, WPA

How can I secure my router through WPA or WPA2?

  1. Make sure your computer is connected by wire to the NETGEAR router or modem router
  2. Open Internet Explorer
  3. Type into the address bar www.192.168.0.1 or www.192.168.1.1 (depending on the product) and hit ENTER.

Unless you’ve configured otherwise, the default username is admin and the password password.

  1. On the left-hand side, under Setup, click “Wireless Settings”
  2. Under “Security Options”, select your desired encryption method (preferably WPA2-PSK)
  3. Choose a Network Key – it can be anything, as long as it’s 8-63 characters in length
  4. Hit Apply
  5. Now on the computers you wish to connect to over wireless, repeat the process
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  1. Sd Says:

    Thankyou so much i was having so much trouble with this and my connection kept switching off even though i was right next to my routerr!!!! arrgh!!! Hopefully its better now its secured :)

  2. Tonia Davis Says:

    This has worked perfectly. Thanks for the help. I couldn’t figure that out for the life of me!! Thanks again. I would recommend this process to everyone!!!

  3. javier Says:

    THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO WRITE HELPFUL INFO. FOR A ROOKIE LIKE ME.

    THANKS!!!!!!!!!!

  4. dinosaur Says:

    All computers that will use the password must be hooked up “by wire” to enable this to work??

  5. Frustrated Says:

    How do I get the website address to work? I tried both and all I got was a “Oops! We can’t find the webpage you’re looking for”.

  6. Mary Sue Pleasant Says:

    Dear Frustrated,

    I’m not sure how this mistake was made but the correct addresses are ‘192.168.0.1′ or ‘192.168.1.1′ (no www). I can confirm these work.

  7. Grateful Person Says:

    I cannot believe how easy that was, and thanks for your help with this, very useful.

  8. Harsha Says:

    Just a guide,
    if you are not able to access the routers config page.

    Just open command prompt(start menuaccessories)
    type ipconfig
    the address you get for default gateway must be the router’s address you have to type in internet explorer.
    I was struggling with this for some time.
    Hope this helps

  9. Chod22 Says:

    So how do you do it on Vista, cause its not easy…I get an ENTER CREDENTIALS popup asking for USER NAME, PASSWORD, DOMAIN LOGIN
    None of which I have a clue what to put in there.

  10. ben Says:

    does anyone have an answer to the qestion #9 above. I am eager to hear the answer!!

  11. majid Says:

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  12. Response to Chod Says:

    Hi Chod, the username is usually admin, the password ‘password’ and the domain login… well, I don’t know.

  13. Reuben Says:

    You usally do not need to have a domain name. Only if required by your ISP .

  14. ramgopal maharjan Says:

    hi sir –i need your help -my before router -user name and password it is not woring i allready try to make new but i cannot find the exact your web site could u help me to find out to creat me how to make a new password again —thank-you —–

  15. Diana Says:

    thank you so much,i have been meaning to secure my router but thought it to complicated,all sorted now and easily

  16. Casey Says:

    How do you do it if you’ve forgotten the user name and password?
    My mother in law gave me her old router and i was to secure our internet because i am pretty sure the neighbors are using it and i typed in admin for the user name and password for the password, and it’s not working. i doubt if she still remembers what she changed it to. Is there anything i can do for this?

  17. Mary Sue Pleasant Says:

    I would recommend calling Netgear Customer Support, as they would probably know how to answer this question better. See netgear.com for more info.

  18. Tracy Says:

    Hey thanks a lot. This helped me tons.

  19. Frances Says:

    Where or what is Network Key? My router has a Security Options section and a place to enter a passphrase.

  20. westernsoftware10 Says:

    What youre saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I also love the images you put in here. They fit so well with what youre trying to say. Im sure youll reach so many people with what youve got to say.

    Netgear Support

  21. grebson Says:

    WAN actually stands for Wide Area Network.
    I think when you called WAN “Wireless Area Network” you were getting confused with WLAN, which is Wireless Local Area Network.

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