network. To allow access to the main WiFi network, select the Allow guests to
see each other and access my local network check box.
•Guest Wireless Network Name (SSID). The SSID is the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz guest
WiFi network name. The default 2.4 GHz SSID is NETGEAR_Guest. The default 5
GHz SSID NETGEAR-5G_Guest.
To change the SSID, enter a 32-character (maximum), case-sensitive name in this
6. Select a WiFi security option for the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz guest WiFi network:
•None. An open WiFi network that does not provide any security. Any WiFi device
can join the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz guest WiFi network. This is the default setting for
the guest WiFi network.
•WPA2-PSK [AES]. WPA2 provides a secure and fast connection but some older
WiFi devices do not detect WPA2 and support only WPA. Select WPA2-PSK [AES]
security to allow 802.11n devices to connect to the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz guest WiFi
network at the fastest speed. If your network includes older devices that do not
support WPA2, select WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES] security. To use WPA2
security, in the Password (Network Key) field, enter a phrase of 8 to 63
characters. To join the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz guest WiFi network, a user must enter
•WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES]. This type of security enables WiFi devices
that support either WPA or WPA2 to join the 2.4 GHz band of the guest WiFi
network. However, WPA-PSK [TKIP] is less secure than WPA2-PSK [AES] and limits
the speed of WiFi devices to 54 Mbps. To use WPA + WPA2 security, in the
Password (Network Key) field, enter a phrase of 8 to 63 characters. To join the
2.4 GHz or 5 GHz guest WiFi network, a user must enter this password.
7. Click the Apply button.
Your settings are saved.
8. Make sure that you can reconnect over WiFi to the network with its new security
If you cannot connect over WiFi, check the following:
•If your computer or mobile device is already connected to another WiFi network
in your area, disconnect it from that WiFi network and connect it to the WiFi
network that the router provides.
Some WiFi devices automatically connect to the first open network without WiFi
security that they discover.
•Does your computer or mobile device display as an attached device?
If it does, it is connected to the network.
•Are you using the correct network name (SSID) and password?
User Manual70Manage Network Settings
Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream AX6000 WiFi Router