Set up or change an open or secure WiFi
The access point/router provides three WiFi networks (Wireless 1, Wireless 2, and
Wireless 3). By default, the Wireless 1 network is enabled (the other two WiFi networks
are disabled), its default SSID is NETGEAR-1, and its default security is WPA2-PSK with
the passphrase sharedsecret.
You can view or change the WiFi settings and WiFi security for the Wireless 1 network,
and you can enable and set up the Wireless 2 and Wireless 3 networks.
For each WiFi network, the access point/router simultaneously supports the 2.4 GHz
band for 802.11b/g/n devices and the 5 GHz band for 802.11a/n/ac devices. For the
2.4 GHz band, the default WiFi throughput mode is 300 Mbps. For the 5 GHz band, it
is 1733 Mbps. You can change (lower) the WiFi throughput mode (see Change the WiFi
throughput mode for a radio band on page 212).
To set up or change an open or secure WiFi network:
1. Open a web browser from a computer or mobile device that is connected to the
access point/router network.
2. Enter http://www.routerlogin.net in the address field.
If you are not connected to the access point/router network but to the same network
as the access point/router, enter the IP address that is assigned to the access
point/router. If you do not know the IP address, see Find the IP address of the access
point/router on page 29.
The Sign-In page displays. You are prompted to sign in with your NETGEAR account.
If the access point/router is not connected to the Internet, you are prompted to sign
in with the local login credentials (see Log in to the access point/router when it is
not connected to the Internet on page 28).
3. Click the Login button.
The NETGEAR Account Login page displays.
4. Enter your registered email address and password and click the LOG IN button.
The BASIC Home page displays.
5. Select BASIC > Wireless.
The Wireless Network page displays.
6. From the Region menu, select the region in which the access point/router operates.
For some countries, you cannot change the region because it is preset.
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