Now you can control your Netgear router and configure it according to your needs. There are tons of things you can do with your router settings which can give greater control and optimization for your use-case. Configuring it according to your needs give greater security and sometimes, a faster internet experience. You can change your router’s default username and password, the number of devices connected to it or add parental guidance control. For all that, you’ve to first log in to your router. Let’s see how to do that and access all the settings.
Logging into your Netgear Router:
- Connect your device to the router. You can use your smartphone (Wi-Fi) or your laptop (Wi-Fi or Ethernet) for that purpose. If you’ve forgotten your Wi-Fi password then you will have to connect using an Ethernet cable.
- Once connected, open an Internet browser and enter any of the following link: http://www.routerlogin.com, http://192.168.0.1 or http://192.168.1.1
- Now you will be directed to an admin login page. There will be two input boxes, one for Admin ID and the other for password. Note that this password will be different from your Wi-Fi password.
- If this is your first time logging in, you will have to enter the default credentials. It is advisable to change them so that no one else can log in to the router. The default login ID for a Netgear router is: admin and the password is: password.
- Hit Login. You might be prompted for a software update. Let it finish and Login again.
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Once you have successfully logged in, you will be able to see the various subsections on the left pane:
- Home: Here you can check some basic statistics for your connection. You can see the strength of your connection, the Wi-Fi name (SSID) and password, number of devices connected, parental control, etc.
- Internet: Here you can configure your connectivity to the Internet. You can select a Static IP, Subnet, and Gateway or you can keep it dynamic, based on your ISP. You can configure DNS address. If you think your internet is working slower than expected, try changing
- your DNS to Google’s public DNS address – Primary: 126.96.36.199 and Secondary: 188.8.131.52. Some routers come with physically hard-coded MAC Addresses whereas the newer ones have software assigned MAC addresses.
- Wireless: Most of the settings which you might be looking for can be done from here:
- Changing your SSID: If you want to change your Wi-Fi broadcast name then you can do it from here. Simply enter the desired name in front of SSID and hit apply. You can also have a hidden SSID for more security. You will have to reconnect all your devices to the router after changing the SSID.
- Changing your Password: If you want to change your Wi-Fi password then you can do that from here. Input the new password in the Passphrase text box and select the Security option. If it is a personal connection, select WPA2-PSK. Some routers may also have an option of WEP which is quite old and deprecated due to its weak encryption.
- Changing Operation Channel and Maximum Bandwidth: If you feel your connection is slower than expected, try changing the channel. You can also limit bandwidth to control data usage. A 100 Mbps connection can be throttled down to 2 Mbps or any other amount for that matter.
- Parental Control: Parents can also configure this router for controlling content for their children, monitoring internet activity and managing internet on times. First, an OpenDNS account has to made through a small sign up. Once done, you can either select from a list of presets or add your own settings. You can block particular sites, define internet time periods or add floodgates to prevent malicious sites from attacking your network.
A Netgear router can be configured to your preferences. But one should know that such a facility exists and can be accessed through a simple login procedure. The basic settings discussed above can help make your internet experience much more streamlined and secure.