How to Set Up a Netopia Wireless Router

By Leighton Sawatzky

You can set up the Netopia wireless routers in a variety of different network and security types. You'll need to log in to the router and change some of its settings in order to set up a wireless network. Only experienced users should change most of the setup and security options; unless you know what you're doing, only make basic changes. Configure your Netopia wireless router in a basic, moderately secure setup to allow computers to connect to it wirelessly.

Things You'll Need

  • Ethernet cable

Step 1

Plug an Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on the back of the Netopia wireless router labeled "LAN."

Step 2

Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to an Ethernet port on your computer.

Step 3

Plug the wireless router's power supply into a power outlet. Wait 30 seconds.

Step 4

Open a Web browser, type "" into the Web address bar and hit "Enter."

Step 5

Type "admin" into the user name field and the serial number of the router into the password field. The router's serial number should appear on a sticker on the bottom of the router.

Step 6

Click "Configure" in the menu bar at the top of the window, and select "LAN." If the menu bar is not visible, click the "Expert Mode" link in the panel on the left side of the window and click "OK" to confirm you want to enter expert mode.

Step 7

Click "Wireless" in the "Other LAN Options" section, and check the the "Enable Wireless" box.

Step 8

Enter a name into the "SSID (Network ID)" text field. This will be the name of your wireless network.

Step 9

Select "Off---No Privacy" from the "Use Encryption" menu, and click "Submit."

Step 10

Click "Advanced" under "Other Wireless Options," and check the box next to "Enable Closed System Mode." Cick "Submit."

Step 11

Click "MAC Authorization" and uncheck the box next to "Enable Wireless MAC Authorization." Click "Submit."

Step 12

Click the "Caution" icon in the top right corner of the screen that looks like an exclamation mark inside a yellow triangle, then click the "Save and Restart" link and wait one minute.

Step 13

Disconnect the Ethernet cable connecting the computer to the router if you want to connect to the wireless network instead.

Step 14

Open the "Start" menu on your computer, and click "Control Panel."

Step 15

Click "Network and Internet," then "Network and Sharing Center." Click the "Set up a new connection or network" link in the "Change your networking settings" section.

Step 16

Select "Manually connect to a wireless network," then click "Next."

Step 17

Enter the network name, and select "No authentication (Open)" from the "Security type" menu.

Step 18

Check the "Start this connection automatically" and "Connect even if the network is not broadcasting" boxes, then click "Next" then "Close" to complete the wireless connection. Your Netopia wireless router is now set up for wired and wireless networking.

Step 19

Repeat steps 14 through 18 to connect other computers to the wireless network.

Tips & Warnings

  • Plug the Ethernet cable from your DSL or cable modem into the "Internet" port on the wireless router to share the Internet connection with all the computers on the network.