How to Add a Password to NETGEAR

By Michael Monet

Navigating a Netgear router can be difficult once you've lost the manual with the default password and IP address. However, adding a personalized password to your network is simple once you have the universal access codes. Add a personal password to your Netgear to ensure that only you and those you give the password to can access your network.

Things You'll Need

  • Router
  • Computer

Step 1

Make sure your router is connected to your computer either through an Ethernet cable or wireless connection.

Step 2

Enter the default NETGEAR IP address into your web browser: or

Step 3

Enter the default username "admin" and password "password" when you are asked to enter a username and password. Enter these in all lower case letters and without the quotation marks.

Step 4

Locate the last username and password created or restore the router to its factory settings if "admin" and "password" don't work. Restore your router by pressing the reset button on the back of the router for about 10 seconds until the test light blinks. Wait for router to reboot. Log in now with the default username and password.

Step 5

Select "Wireless Settings."

Step 6

Go to "Wireless Network" and enter a network name. Make the network name memorable and personal so that you will know it's yours.

Step 7

Go to "Security Options" and select WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES].

Step 8

Enter a personal network password. Make the password memorable to you but personal enough so that no one can guess it. Enter this password into the "Passphrase" box.

Step 9

Write down your password on a sheet of paper and keep it in a safe place.

Step 10

Go to "Apply" and click it to save your new settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Write everything down: IP address, network name and password. Keep it close so that you can access the router and change the information at any time.