Wireless Help

NOTE: To ensure proper agency compliance and compatibility between similar products in your area; the operating channel & region must be set correctly.

Placement of the Router to Optimize Wireless Connectivity

The operating distance or range of your wireless connection can vary significantly based on the physical placement of the router. For best results, place your router:

Note: Failure to follow these guidelines can result in significant performance degradation or inability to wirelessly connect to the router.

Wireless Network

Name (SSID)

Enter a value of up to 32 alphanumeric characters. The same Name (SSID) must be assigned to all wireless devices in your network. The default SSID is NETGEAR, but NETGEAR strongly recommends that you change your networks Name (SSID) to a different value. This value is also case-sensitive. For example, NETGEAR is not the same as NETGEAr.


Select your region from the drop-down list. This field displays the region of operation for which the wireless interface is intended. It may not be legal to operate the router in a region other than the region shown here. If your country or region is not listed, please check with your local government agency or check our website for more information on which channels to use.


This field determines which operating frequency will be used. It should not be necessary to change the wireless channel unless you notice interference problems with another nearby access point.


Select the desired wireless mode. The options are:

The default is "g & b", which allows both "g" and "b" wireless stations to access this device.

Wireless Access Point

Enable Wireless Access Point

The Wireless Access Point of this router can be enabled or disabled to allow wireless access. The wireless icon on the front of the router will also display the current status of the Wireless Access Point to let you know if it is disabled or enabled.

If Enabled, wireless stations will be able to access the Internet.
If Disabled, wireless stations will not be able to access the Internet.

Allow Broadcast of Name (SSID)

If Enabled, the SSID will broadcast its name to all Wireless Stations. Stations which have no SSID (or a "null" value) can then adopt the correct SSID for connections to this Access Point.

Wireless Station Access List

By default, any wireless PC that is configured with the correct SSID will be allowed access to your wireless network. For increased security, you can restrict access to the wireless network to only allow specific PCs based on their MAC addresses.

To enable this feature, and manage the list of allowed PCs, click the Setup Access List button.

Wireless Security

Select the option you wish to use on your Wireless Network


Authentication Type

Normally this can be left at the default value of "Automatic." If set to "Open System" or "Shared Key", wireless stations must use the same method.


Select the desired WEP Encryption:

WEP Keys

If using WEP, you can manually or automatically program the four data encryption keys. These values must be identical on all PCs and Access Points in your network.

Automatic Key Generation (Passphrase)

Enter a word or group of printable characters in the Passphrase box and click the "Generate Keys" button to automatically configure the WEP Key(s). If encryption is set to 64 bit, then each of the four key boxes will automatically be populated with key values. If encryption is set to 128 bit, then only the selected WEP key box will automatically be populated with a key value.

Manual Entry Mode

Select which of the four keys will be used and enter the matching WEP key information for your network in the selected key box.

For 64 bit WEP - Enter ten hexadecimal digits (any combination of 0-9, A-F).

For 128 bit WEP - Enter twenty-six hexadecimal digits (any combination of 0-9, A-F).

Be sure to click Apply to save your settings.

WPA / WPA2 with Radius


There is no choice for encryption; this is displayed for your information.

Radius Server Settings

Server Name/IP Address

This field is required. Enter the name or IP address of the primary Radius Server on your LAN.

Radius Port

Enter the port number used for connecting to the Radius Server.

Shared Key

Enter the desired value for the Shared Key. This must match the value used on the Radius server.



Select the desired Encryption method


Enter a word or group of printable characters in the Passphrase box. The Passphrase must be 8 to 63 characters in length. The 256 Bit key used for encryption is generated from this passphrase.

Key Lifetime

This setting determines how often the encryption key is changed. Shorter periods provide greater security, but adversely affect performance. If desired, you can change the default value.

Be sure to click Apply to save your settings.

To Save Or Cancel Changes

Click Apply to have your changes take effect.
Click Cancel to return to the previous unsaved settings.