How to Secure My Netgear

By Kenrick Callwood

Netgear routers allow users to connect multiple computers on a single network. This makes it possible to surf the Internet, share files and create backup copies of important information. The network may be a combination of wirelessly connected computers and computers connected directly to the router via an Ethernet cable, depending on the Wi-Fi capabilities of the router model. Securing this network with password protection keeps unauthorized users from using the Internet or stealing files from the other computers connected to the router.

Things You'll Need

  • Netgear router
  • Computer connected to the network

Step 1

Open an Internet browser and navigate to the router control panel. Type or, depending on the model, in the address bar of the browser.

Step 2

Enter the username and password to access the router control panel. The default username is admin and the default password is password. Refer to the user's manual if this combination does not work.

Step 3

Click the "Wireless Settings" link under the "Setup" heading.

Step 4

Choose "WEP" or "WPA" as the desired security type. Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is older and considered less secure. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2) generates new encryption keys each time a device pairs with the router, making it more secure.

Step 5

Enter the new "Passphrase" into the text field or press the "Generate" button to have the router automatically assign a random passphrase, then hit "Apply" to save the settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • All Wi-Fi devices will require you to enter the new passphrase before re-connecting to the network after the security settings have been changed. Store the passphrase in a secure location for future reference.
  • Not all mobile devices can connect to a WPA-protected router. For example, the Nintendo DS cannot.