How to Install a Netgear Wireless Router
Your modem is hooked up in the living room, but your computer is in the bedroom. While this kind of problem may have caused issues in the past, the overwhelming popularity of wireless routers easily manages this problem. You will have to install the router. While connecting directly to the computer often takes no more work than plugging in cables and running a quick setup wizard, connecting a Netgear Wireless Router takes a bit more time. Luckily, the software provided makes installing a wireless router easier than you may think.
Things You'll Need
- Computer with Ethernet portHigh-speed Internet connectionNetgear setup CDNetgear WPN824 Rangemax wireless router
Insert the setup CD. If you do not have the disk, it can be downloaded from netgear.com. The CD is enabled with AutoRun, so it should run automatically. If not, from the "Start" menu, select "Run." Click "Browse." Locate your CD drive and double click. Double click "AutoRun."
At the CD menu screen click on "Setup." Read through the screen, and click "Next." This will begin scanning your computer for network adapters. When completed with the scan it will list your adapters. To install the router, you will need a wired connection. Most computers will have only one adapter. If not, you have added a second at some point. Select the router that does not say wireless from the list provided.
Next the software will confirm your connection and setup. You should still be connected directly to the modem at this point without the router. It will use these settings to configure your router. At this point you are told to turn off your modem. Simply unplug the modem and unplug the Ethernet cord from your computer.
Connect the router. Simply plug the end of the Ethernet cord that was connected to the computer to the port labeled Internet on the back of the router. Then take the supplied Ethernet cord and connect it to your computer and any of the LAN ports on the back of the router.
Plug in the modem, followed by the router. It must be done in this order or your setup may not work. Follow the on-screen instructions which will lead through a process of activating the network. The software does this and can take a few minutes.
If you desire, there are various privacy settings you can use. They are not required to complete your setup but are valuable if you live in an area where others may try to access your network. Simply select your desired privacy settings and follow through to complete your setup.
Test your Internet. Make sure pages load and the speed seems normal. If you need to make any alterations to your router settings you can do so by typing this address--routerlogin.net.-- into the browser's address bar.
Tips & Warnings
- Using a WEP key or other security feature is almost necessary when living in any city or residential area.Make sure your router is capable of producing the range you intend it for.
- If you plug in your router before the modem, your connection may not work.Don't unplug your modem or router during activation.