Tip & How-To about NetGear MR814 Wireless Router
NOTE: YOU SHOULD BE HARDWIRED TO THE ROUTER WHENEVER UPDATING FIRMWARE OR RECONFIGURING THE ROUTER.
This How-To is specifically based on the MR814 model. It is probable that it is the same steps for a variety if not all Netgear wireless routers, as the interface is generally the same, with the exception of added or reduced features and functionality between models.
The obvious place to start is hooking up the router to your computer and cable/DSL modem. In order to properly do this, you should disconnect power from all devices on the network, including the router and modem. This clears what is called the DHCP pool, which is like a phone book that has every device's IP address (or “Phone number”) in it. Some modems, especially ones where a phone is connected, run off a backup battery when not plugged in. This battery should be removed as well to ensure the device is completely off.
NOTE: Whenever you experience any connectivity issues resulting in loss of internet connectivity this should be the first step you try to resolve it.
Anyway, now that everything is off you want to hook the Modem up to the Router in the “internet” port (it should be seperated from the rest of the other four ports. See image below) and the router up to a computer with network cables (RJ45 CAT5e or 6). This is only temporary, you will be able to disconnect your computer after we are done setting up. The first thing to turn on is the modem. Depending on the modem one or two lights will not come up until the router is connected and turned on. You should see the power light and an up and down light flickering. After about 40 seconds, turn on the router. This may take up to 1 minute for everything to come online, so just give it time. Once you see the “online” light on your router blinking or solid you should be good to go but it is good practice to wait the full minute just to be safe.
Now turn your computer on. You can log into your router by typing in either 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. After that a log in box should come up. The default user name is “admin” and the password is “password”. The first thing you should do when you log in is change that log in info! The default settings on your router is well known information to people looking to exploit insecure wireless networks. You can go down to the Maintenance section on the left and click “Set Password” to change this information.
Next you want to click on the Wireless Settings link under the setup menu. You should always change the default Wireless Network Name (SSID) to something unique. After that, select WPA-PSK(TKIP)+WPA2-PSK(AES) from the list under Security Options. The passphrase should not be something easy such as an address or phone number. Ideally,you want to select a good 6-8 character number, letter combination. Press Apply.
That was easy!
NOTE: You should backup this configuration as soon as it is complete by clicking “Backup Settings” in the Maintenance section. After you back up, you should click “Router Upgrade” to ensure you have the most current version of the router firmware available. Go to the netgear support site and find your router hardware version (you can find the router version by looking at the label below on your router).
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