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Setting Up Your Router for Internet Access

To access the router using its login name and password, follow these instructions.

  1. Connect to the wireless router by typing in the address field of your browser, then click Enter.

    Figure 1-9

    Tip: You can connect to the wireless router by typing any one of these three URLs in the address field of your browser, then clicking Enter:

  2. For security reasons, the router has its own user name and password. When prompted, enter admin for the user name and password for the router password, both in lowercase letters.

    Note: The router user name and password are not the same as any other user name or password you may use to log in to your Internet connection.
  3. A login window opens.

    Figure 1-10

  4. Click OK. The Firmware Upgrade Assistant opens.
  5. Click Yes to check for new firmware in the NETGEAR database. (If you select No, you can check for new firmware later; see Upgrading the Router Firmware.)
  6. If new firmware is available, follow the onscreen instructions on the NETGEAR website to upgrade the firmware.

    Note: Usually the firmware image is an .img (or .chk) file and does not need to be decompressed before you can use it. If, however, the file is a .zip file, then the image is compressed and must be “unzipped” before you can use the file. On Windows computers, you can use WinZip utility to unzip the file.

    When you have entered a user name and password, your Web browser displays the wireless router’s home page:

    Figure 1-11

For more help with connecting to the Internet, see Changing Your Internet Settings Manually.

When the wireless router is connected to the Internet, you can click the Knowledge Base or the Documentation link under the Web Support heading to view support information or the documentation for the wireless router.

If you do not click Logout, the wireless router will wait 5 minutes after there is no activity before it automatically logs you out.

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