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Netgear wgr61 Wireless Router

My Router keeps dropping out or experiencing very low reception and I have to continually return to my network settings and connect the router. I'm also not confident that my network is secure and I keep accidentally piggybacking off other wireless signals when my signal gets low. I'm frustrated with this router - and I'm about to start a business from home and rely heavily on my broadband connection. Can someone help me? Marco

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Re: Netgear wgr61 Wireless Router

You can also check the settings of your wifi security. I would suggest you use WEP or WPA-TKIP (personal). You can also try considering this options below;

Getting an intermittent wireless connection can be attributed to the following factors:

a. 2.4 GHz wireless interference
b. Wireless settings of your router
c. Location of the devices
d. Obstacles

You may also refer to the common causes of interference:

Window in brick wall 2dB
Metal frame, glass wall into building 6dB
Office wall 6dB
Metal door in office wall 6dB
Cinder wall 4dB
Metal door in brick wall 12.4dB
Brick wall next to metal door 3dB

In order for us to isolate the problem, please refer to the steps below:

1. Avoid obstacles.

a. Try to move the router to different locations in order to get better connectivity. We suggest placing the router on high location to avoid obstacles that may be blocking the signal.

2. Reduce wireless interference in the area.

a. Try to move the router away from devices that are operating on 2.4 GHz frequency like your cordless phones and microwave ovens.
b. Try to move the router away from windows. Windows let in interference from the outside world.

3. Adjust the wireless settings on the router.

a. Please open any web browser like Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.
b. Connect to the router by typing or in the address field and click Enter or Return key.
c. For security reasons, the router has its own username and password. When prompted, enter admin for the Username and password for the Password, both in lower case letters.

Note: If it doesn't 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 can't remember the password, you need to reset the router and run the Setup CD to reconfigure it.

d. Click on Wireless Settings under Setup tab.
e. Change the Network name or SSID to your preference.
f. Change the Mode to g and b only.
g. Change the Channel to 11, 1, 6 or 9.
h. Click on the Apply button.
i. Reconnect your computer to the wireless network and see if it fixes the problem.

Note: If the problem persists, you may need to upgrade the firmware of the router.

4. Upgrade the firmware.

a. Please verify the router version and model either underneath or at its side panel.
b. Go to and please select the model of the router.
c. Click the appropriate version of the router.
d. Select the link of the latest firmware. Click the button Right-click and Save to Download. Save the file to the Desktop.

Note: Please perform firmware upgrade with wired or Ethernet connection only. If your computer has wireless connection, then please disable it first.

e. Before upgrading, please write down all current settings since you need to enter them manually.
f. Using the computer hardwired on the router, please access the router’s setup page again by going to or
g. Click on Maintenance and then Router Upgrade.
h. Click on Browse and locate the upgraded file in your Desktop. Then click on Upload.
i. Please wait for the router to reboot.

5. After a successful firmware upgrade, you need to 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 plug it back in.

Note: Resetting the router will erase all the settings so it needs to be reconfigured afterwards.

The router can be reconfigured using the setup CD or by manual configuration.

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Re: Netgear wgr61 Wireless Router

You need a good clear view between your pc and the router to get the best signal, if you have walls and doors and windows, try putting your router higher up to get the best possible coverage, as if the signal does get low your router will drop the signal then automatically look for another connection within it's range. The security of your router should be set at atleast WEP or better WPA allthough this is to stop people connecting to your router it wont stop your pc connecting to other conections unless you set it to only connect to yours and not look for others.

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