Tip & How-To about NetGear MR814 Wireless Router

Configuring, Resetting and Securing your Netgear Cable/DSL Wireless 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 or 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).

Good Luck,


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hardwire ports on wireless router not working

You could

1) Reset the router to factory default by hitting the reset on back

2) You could visit the router over the wireless link ( default password is "admin" username blank.

Check on the page to ensure the ports are enabled.

3) Update the firmware on the device. see if it works.

Note there is a port called "uplink" which is designed for the internet connection and not the local computer.

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Upgrade firmware on NETGEAR router. Many a times, it is required that you upgrade the firmware on your NETGEAR for it to function properly and be equipped with the latest updates and feature offered by NETGEAR. I have listed the specific steps which are required to upgrade firmware on most of the NETGEAR A. Open the router page using the following way: 1. Connect a computer to the router using any one of the 4 available ports. 2. Open the browser(Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox). 3. Access the router, usually with or or http://www.routerlogin.com. 4. Login to the router with the Username as "admin" and Password as "password" (please note that the username and password is case sensitive. In case you have changed the password for router login then you need to use that one). B. Visit the following link to download the latest firmware. http://kb.netgear.com/app/ Type the model make of your NETGEAR router and it will show you the download page for that specific product. C. Please follow the steps to upload the firmware of the router: 1. Open the router page using the steps as mentioned under step A. 2. Under Maintenance, click router Upgrade. 3. Click Browse and locate the upgrade file. 4. Click Upload. 5. Wait for the router to reboot. 6. Click on 'Logout' (at the bottom of the list) from left menu. It is recommended that you reset and then reconfigure your router for the firmware to upload properly. NOTE: Please upgrade the firmware on a computer connected wired to your router. Upgrading firmware on a wireless computer may cause your router to malfunction and can lead your router to be in an unusable state. These steps will succesfully allow you to upgrade firmware on your NETGEAR router.

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Router drops my speed from 8 to 1 mgs when I connect to internet. Works fine when hardwired.

This router ( WRT160N ) has issue with the firmware.
It is recommended that you should upgrade the firmware of the router. Firmware is the software of the router.
connect the computer to the router with the Ethernet cable. Do not upgrade the upgrade using the wireless computer. Download the firmware of the correct model number and version number.
Once you upgrade the firmware of the router, you will need to reset and reconfigure the router according to the Internet service provide.
Click here for more information about router and network

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I have 2 computers one hardwired from the router and a laptop running wirelessly. The hardwired computer is running fine, but the laptop keeps continuously connecting and disconnecting. How do i stop this?

WRT160N router has issues with the firmware.
Firmware is the software of the router. First upgrade the firmware of the router. Download the firmware of the router from www.linksys.com/download . Open the set up page of the router and upgrade the firmware.
Check if that solves your problem.
If you still face the same problem then reset the router and reconfigure the router.

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It become very slow when I switch my adsl to adsl 2+

Firmware Upgrade

1. Please verify the model and version of the router underneath it.
2. Go to ftp://downloads.netgear.com/files/dg834v2_dg834gv2_3_01_38_uk_only.zip to download the firmaware.
3. Save the file to the Desktop.

Note: Please perform firmware upgrade with wired or Ethernet connection only. Before you upgrade, write down all current settings as you need to enter them manually after upgrading.

4. Using the computer hardwired on the router, open any web browser like Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.
5. Connect to the router by typing http://routerlogin.com/basicsetting.htm or in the address field and click Enter or Return key.
6. A window will prompt for a user name and password. The default username is "admin" and the default password is "password".

Note: If it does not take password as the password, you might have changed it when you have run the NETGEAR Setup CD so please try other passwords. If you cannot remember the password, you need to reset the router and run the Setup CD to reconfigure it.

7. Click on Maintenance and then Router Upgrade.
8. Click Browse and locate the upgrade file in your Desktop. Click Upload.
9. Please wait for the router to reboot.
10. Reset the router.

a. Please push the reset button at the back of the router and release after 30 seconds.
b. Unplug the power adapter for 10 seconds and then please plug it back in.

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