How to Install a Netgear Wireless Router Without the CD

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Netgear routers provide a wireless access point for a network.

Netgear is a large manufacturer of wireless routers, which allow you to network all your computers and other devices in your home or office without the need for network cables. While you will initially need to connect your computer to your Netgear router with an Ethernet cable, once the setup is complete, you can remove the Ethernet cable and connect to the network with your wireless adapter.


Step 1

Turn off your computer and modem.

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Step 2

Locate the Ethernet cable that runs from your modem to your computer. Unplug the end from your computer.

Step 3

Take the unplugged end and plug it into the Ethernet port on the back of the Netgear router.


Step 4

Plug the Ethernet cable that came with the router into the LAN 1 port on the back of the router. Plug the other end into the Ethernet port on the back of your PC, the same port you unplugged the Ethernet cable from in Step 2.

Step 5

Plug in the modem and turn the power on. Wait two minutes.


Step 6

Plug in the router. Wait another two minutes.

Step 7

Turn on your computer and check the lights on the front of the router. All four lights should be lit. If the third light is not lit, check the Ethernet connection from the router to the modem, making sure it is secure and the modem is turned on. If the fourth is not lit, check the Ethernet connection from the router to the PC, making sure the connection is secure and the computer is turned on.


Step 8

Open your Internet browser and type "" into the address bar.

Step 9

A login window will open and ask for a username and password. Enter "admin" for username and "password" for the password. This is the default setting for a Netgear router. If it does not work, check the paperwork that came with the router.


Step 10

Once you connect to the router, a setup wizard will open. This setup wizard will walk you through the final process of configuring your router.


When connecting to a power source, use a surge protector for both the modem and the router.


When first turning on the modem, router and computer, be sure to follow the instructions and wait before starting the next component. This gives the modem, computer and router the time needed to establish communication with each other.