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Using Push 'N' Connect (WPS) to Configure Your Wireless Network and Security

If your wireless clients support Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), you can use this feature to configure the modem router's SSID and security settings and, at the same time, connect the wireless client securely and easily to the modem router. Look for the symbol on your client device1 (computers that will connect wirelessly to the modem router are clients). WPS automatically configures the SSID and wireless security settings for the modem router (if the modem router is in its default state) and broadcasts these settings to the wireless client.

Some considerations regarding WPS are:

These instructions assume that you are configuring WPS on the modem router for the first time and connecting a WPS-capable device.

To set up basic wireless connectivity:

  1. Log in to the modem router at its default LAN address of with its default user name of admin and default password of password, or using whatever LAN address and password you have set up.

    You can also enter either of these addresses to connect to the modem router: or
  2. Select Add WPS Client (computers that will connect wirelessly to the router are clients) in the main menu. The Add WPS Client wizard screen displays.

    Figure 2-5

  3. Click Next. The screen changes to allow you to select the method for adding the WPS client.
  4. Select the method for adding the WPS client. A WPS client can be added using the Push Button method or the PIN method.
    • Using the Push Button. This is the preferred method. (See Figure 2-6.)
      • Select the Push Button radio box and either press the WPS Push Button on the side of the modem router or click the soft WPS Push Button on the screen (as shown below).
      • The modem router will attempt to communicate with the client; you have 2 minutes to enable WPS from the client device using the client's WPS networking utility.
      • :

        Figure 2-6

    • Entering a PIN. If you want to use the PIN method, select the PIN radio box. A screen similar to the one shown below displays.
      • Go to your wireless client and, from the client's WPS utility, obtain the wireless client's security PIN, or follow the client's WPS utility instructions to generate a security PIN.
      • Then, enter this PIN in the Enter Client's PIN field provided on the modem router and click Apply. You have 4 minutes to enable WPS on the router using this method.
      • Figure 2-7

        Using either method, the client wireless device will attempt to detect the WPS signal from the modem router and establish a wireless connection in the time allotted.

    • While the modem router attempts to connect to a WPS-capable device, the Push 'N' Connect LED on the front of the modem router blinks green. When the modem router has established a WPS connection, the LED is solid green.
    • If a connection is established, the modem router WPS screen displays a message confirming that the wireless client was successfully added to the wireless network. (The modem router has generated an SSID, implemented WPA/WPA2 wireless security [including a PSK security password] on the modem router, and has sent this configuration to the wireless client.)
  5. Note the new SSID and WPA/WPA2 password for the wireless network.

To access the Internet from any computer connected to your modem router, launch a browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer. You should see the modem router's Internet LED blink, indicating communication to the ISP.

Note: If no WPS-capable client devices are located during the 2-minute timeframe, security will not be implemented on the modem router.

For more information about WPS, see Displaying and Configuring Advanced WPS Settings.

1For a list of other Wi-Fi-certified products available from NETGEAR, go to

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