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Viewing or Change Wireless Settings

To view or change wireless settings:

  1. Log in to the 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.
  2. Click the Wireless Settings link in the main menu of the router.

    Figure 2-1

  3. View or enter the wireless settings for the router.
    • Wireless Network Name (SSID). The default SSID is NETGEAR. It is a good idea to change this to a name that you can easily recognize in case there are other wireless networks in your area. You can enter up to 32 alphanumeric characters.

      Note: The network name (SSID) is case-sensitive. If NETGEAR is the network name (SSID) in your wireless router, you must enter NETGEAR in your computer’s wireless settings. Typing nETgear will not work.
    • Region. The region where you are located. The Smart Wizard prompts for this during installation. It may not be legal to operate the wireless features of the wireless router in a region other than one of those identified in this field.
    • Channel. The channel determines the operating frequency. The default channel is 11.
    • You need to change the channel only if you have interference problems with another nearby wireless router or access point. If this is the case, select a channel that is not being used by any other wireless networks within several hundred feet of your wireless router. For a link to more information on the wireless channel frequencies, see Wireless Communications.

    • Mode. The data communications protocol that the router will use. You can select Auto 108 Mbps, g only, or g and b. The g only option dedicates the wireless router to communicating with the higher bandwidth 802.11g wireless devices exclusively. The g and b mode provides backward compatibility with the slower 802.11b wireless devices while still enabling 802.11g communications. The Auto 108 Mbps mode works with 802.11g, 802.11b, and NETGEAR 108 Mbps devices.
    • Security Options: For initial set up and test, leave or set Security Options to None. For more information about Security Options, see Understanding Wireless Security.
  4. Click Apply to save your changes.
  5. Set up the wireless adapter for each computer that will connect to the router with the same SSID and wireless channel as the router. The SSID for the wireless adapters must match the SSID for the router or you will not get a wireless connection.

Test each computer to make sure that it can connect wirelessly to the router and is able to obtain an IP address by DHCP from the wireless router.

After your computers can connect wirelessly to the wireless router, then you can set up wireless security for your network.

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