A wireless router is an external computer peripheral that
accepts an incoming Internet connection, such as that from a cable modem, and
converts it into a local wireless signal, allowing computers in the area with
wireless adapters to connect to the Internet.
Netgear is a popular manufacturer of wireless routers; the
settings on Netgear routers can be changed by logging in to the router with a
Determine your wireless router's IP address.
Many Netgear routers are set to 192.168.0.1 by
In Windows 7, you can find this IP address by
clicking "Start," then typing "cmd" in the search box,
without clicking "Enter."
When the search completes, right-click on the
command icon and select "Run as administrator." In the window that
opens, type "ipconfig" and click enter.
Your router's IP address will be shown on the
"Default Gateway" line.
In earlier versions of Windows, click
"Start," then "Run," then type "Command" in the
box, click "OK," then type "ipconfig" and press enter.
Your router's IP will be listed as the
Open an Internet browser and type the router's
IP address into the address bar.
Enter your router's username and password if
prompted to log in.
By default, the user name and password may be
Change settings within the router's
administrative center as necessary.
There will be several menus available where
you can set up security for your router and set various communication options.
Choose to apply or save changes as necessary.
Your router's menus should have plainly
visible buttons to apply and/or save changes you make to the settings.
the browser window when you are finished making changes.