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Manage the WiFi Network Settings
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N600 and AC750 WiFi DSL Modem Routers
Security Options
This information applies to the 2.4 GHz WiFi network.
Note: NETGEAR recommends that you do not change your preset security settings (WPA2-PSK [AES]).
If you must change the WiFi security, select one of the following WiFi security options for the modem
router’s WiFi network:
None. An open WiFi network that does not provide any security. Any WiFi device can join the network.
NETGEAR recommends that you do not use an open WiFi network.
WEP. Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) security is a legacy authentication and data encryption mode
that is superseded by WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK. The WEP option displays only if you select Up to 54
Mbps from the Mode menu.
WEP limits the WiFi transmission speed to 54 Mbps (the modem router is capable of speeds of up
300 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band). For information about configuring WEP, see Configure WEP Legacy
WiFi Security on page 62.
WPA-PSK [TKIP]. WPA security provides a secure connection but is superseded by WPA2. The
WPA-PSK [TKIP] option displays only if you select Up to 54 Mbps from the Mode menu.
To use WPA security, in the Passphrase field, enter a phrase of 8 to 63 characters. To join the 2.4 GHz
band of the main WiFi network, a user must enter this passphrase.
WPA2-PSK [AES]. WPA2 security is the default setting and enables WiFi devices that support WPA2
to join the 2.4 GHz main WiFi network of the modem router. If you did not change the passphrase, the
default passphrase displays. The default passphrase is printed on the product label (see Bottom Panel
Product Label on page 13).
WPA2 allow 802.11n devices to connect to the 2.4 GHz band of the main WiFi network at the fastest
speed. WPA2 provides a secure connection but some older WiFi devices do not detect WPA2 and
support only WPA. If your network includes such older devices, select WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK
[AES] security.
NETGEAR recommends that you do not change the default passphrase. If you must change the
passphrase, in the Passphrase field, enter a phrase of 8 to 63 characters. To join the 2.4 GHz band of
the main WiFi network, a user must enter this passphrase.
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 main WiFi network of the modem router. However, WPA-PSK [TKIP]
is less secure than WPA2-PSK [AES] and limits the speed of WiFi devices to 54 Mbps.
To use this type of security, in the Passphrase field, enter a phrase of 8 to 63 characters. To join the
2.4 GHz band of the main WiFi network, a user must enter this passphrase.
Passphrase The passphrase that provides users access to the WiFi network in the 2.4 GHz band. The
passphrase is also referred to as the password or key.
Wireless Network (5GHz 11a/n)
Enable SSID
Broadcast
By default, the modem router broadcasts its SSID so that WiFi stations can detect the
WiFi name (SSID) in their scanned network lists. To turn off the SSID broadcast, clear the
Enable SSID Broadcast check box. Turning off the SSID broadcast provides additional
WiFi security, but users must know the SSID to be able to join the WiFi network of the
modem router.
Enable Wireless
Isolation
By default, WiFi clients that are connected to the 5 GHz band of the main WiFi network
can access other WiFi devices or Ethernet devices that are connected to the main WiFi
network. To prevent access between devices on the 5 GHz band of the main WiFi
network, select the Enable Wireless Isolation check box.
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