How to Connect a Mac to Netgear

By Art Corvelay

Netgear is a company that produces networking solutions for personal and business use. Mac computers are known to be user-friendly, but if you are a new Mac user or have never connected to a wireless router, connecting a Mac to a Netgear router can be confusing or frustrating. Connecting your Mac to a Netgear router is not a difficult task and can be done without installing any third-party software. The Mac operating system allows a user to easily connect any router, including ones made by Netgear.

Things You'll Need

  • Mac
  • Netgear router
  • Modem
  • Ethernet cable (2)

Step 1

Plug in and connect your Netgear router to your modem. Connect an ethernet cable from the first output jack of the Netgear router into the input jack of your modem.

Step 2

Connect your Netgear router to your Mac computer. Plug the second ethernet cable from your router's second output into your computer's ethernet cable jack.

Step 3

Open your web browser and type in "192.168.1.1". This is the universal IP address for Netgear routers and will open the Netgear administration page. Some routers will require an initial login. For this, type in "Admin" for the user and "1234" or "password" for the password. This will depend on your router. If you have the user manual, consult it for the initial password.

Step 4

Follow the steps that are presented to you. It will ask you to activate the network, create a name for the network and set up a password.

Step 5

Unplug your computer from the router and connect through a wireless connection. Turn on your airport by clicking the "Airport" icon at the top of your screen.

Step 6

Choose the network you recently created and enter the password if you created a password. You should now be connected to your Netgear router wirelessly.

Tips & Warnings

  • You should set a router password so others cannot connect to your wireless network.