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Manage the WiFi Network Settings
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AC1600 WiFi VDSL/ADSL Modem Router Model D6400
Security Options
This information applies to the 2.4 GHz WiFi network.
If you 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that is superseded by WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK.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. For information about configuring WEP, see Configure WEP Legacy WiFi
Security on page 100.
WPA2-PSK [AES]. This type of security is the default setting and enables WiFi devices that support
WPA2 to join the modem router’s 2.4 GHz WiFi network. 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 15). 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.
If you change the passphrase, in the Passphrase field, enter a phrase of 8 to 63 characters. To join the
modem router’s 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 modem router’s 2.4 GHz 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 this type of security, in the Passphrase field, enter a phrase of 8 to 63 characters. To join the
modem router’s WiFi network, a user must enter this passphrase.
WPA/WPA2 Enterprise. This type of security requires that your WiFi network can access a RADIUS
server. For information about configuring WPA/WPA2 Enterprise, see Configure WPA/WPA2 Enterprise
WiFi Security on page 98.
Wireless Network (5GHz 802.11a/n/ac)
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.
Name (SSID) The SSID is the WiFi network name. If you did not change the SSID, the default SSID
displays. The default SSID is also printed on the product label (see Bottom Panel Product
Label on page 15).
Note: If you change the SSID, enter a 32-character (maximum), case-sensitive name in
this field.
Field Description
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