How to Set Up a NetGear Password

By Nick Peers

Learn how to protect your Netgear wireless network by using a strong password. Password-protect your Netgear router to prevent unauthorized access.

Things You'll Need

  • PC or laptop
  • Ethernet cable
  • NetGear wireless router

Protect your Netgear wireless network with a password to prevent unauthorized access. Using an unsecured connection is dangerous; attackers can steal sensitive information from you if they can connect to the network. To make the connection even more secure, protect the router itself with a password. All Netgear routers come with a default username and password; anyone can access the device unless you change the password.


Using a strong password makes it almost impossible for an attacker to crack it. A strong password is at least eight characters and contains uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and characters.

Changing the Wireless Password

Step 1

Open a Web browser and navigate to or to access the Netgear Web interface. Alternatively, use the default IP address of the router: or If you can't access the Web interface, use the Command Prompt utility to find the correct IP address.

The username and password fields.


Press Windows-X to display the Power User menu in Windows 8.1 and select Command Prompt to open the program. Type ipconfig and press Enter to view information about your network connection. Locate the IP address of the router in the Default Gateway section and use it to access the Netgear Web interface.

Step 2

Type the username and password into the User Name and Password fields and click OK to log in to the Netgear Web interface.


The default username is admin for all Netgear routers and the password is either password or 1234. The default username and password are usually printed on a label on the back of the router.

Step 3

Select Wireless Settings from the Setup section of the left pane to view all settings related to the WiFi network.

Select one of the security options from the Security Options section and type the password into the Passphrase field. WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK -- depending on the router model -- is good enough to protect the network against most, if not all, attacks. Click Apply to apply the new password.

The Wireless Settings page in the Netgear Web interface.


All devices connected to the network are disconnected when you change the wireless password. The devices prompt you to enter the password when you attempt to reconnect.

Changing the Administrator Password

Change the administrator password for the router to prevent others from logging in to the Web interface and changing the settings.


An attacker can lock you out of your own router and then obtain the wireless network password if he can access the interface.

Select Set Password from the Maintenance section of the left pane after you log in to the Netgear interface and then type the old password and the new password into the relevant fields. Click Apply to change the password.

The Password fields in the Set Password section.


You are disconnected from the Web interface when you change the administrator password.