How to Secure Netgear WiFi

By Joshua Laud

Securing your Netgear wireless router protects your home network from intruders and is an important stage if you want to stop others accessing your files, folders or Internet connection. While all Netgear routers act slightly differently, you can generally secure the Wi-Fi using a password (or new password if the default one is set), using the same method for each. If you have lost the original documentation that came with your Netgear device, you can use these generic Netgear instructions to secure your Wi-Fi network.

Step 1

Open your web browser and navigate to RouterLogin.net (see Resources).

Step 2

Enter "admin" as the user name, and "password" as the password. Click "OK" to log in.

Step 3

Click the "Security" tab; this might be labelled slightly differently depending on your router.

Step 4

Click to enable either "Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)" or "Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA-PSK)." These are the two separate types of wireless protection. WPA-PSK is the newer form of protection and is recommended.

Step 5

Enter a password to be used for your Wi-Fi, then confirm the password. Click "Save" to save the password to your router. Turn your Netgear device on and off to restart the device and set up the password protection.