Every Netgear router protects its Web-based setup utility with a username and password. Finding the well-publicized, default username and password is easy enough, but if you previously changed the password and forgot it, you cannot retrieve it. If that's the case, resetting the router will restore the default login details, but it also erases all personal settings. Wireless Netgear routers may also house a Wi-Fi password that secures your wireless network. This password is found or reset within the setup utility.
Setup Utility Password
Look in the Netgear router's user manual for the default username and password. The username is typically "admin." The password might be "password" or "1234."
Look for a sticker under the router. The default username and password are often printed there.
Download the user manual on the Netgear website, if you can't locate the password in your current resources. If you still can't find a functional password, reset the router.
Press the "Reset" button on the back of the router and hold it for 10 second until the test light blinks. Try to log in using the default password after the router reboots. If it still doesn't work, try the next reset method.
Unplug the router, hold the "Reset" button and reconnect the power cable. Hold the "Reset" button for another 20 seconds and let the router reboot. Try logging in to the router again using the default password.
Finding the Wireless Password
Enter "192.168.1.1," "192.168.0.1," "www.routerlogin.net" or "www.routerlogin.com" in your browser's address bar and enter the login details.
Click "Setup," then "Wireless Settings." On some Netgear routers, click "Basic" and then "Wireless," instead.
Select the "Security Options" heading and look for the wireless security passphrase. This passphrase may be visible or concealed by asterisks. If it is concealed, enter a new passphrase and click "Apply" to reset the password.
- Before making changes to wireless settings, such as resetting the wireless password, you should use a wired Ethernet connection to the router. This requires an Ethernet cable between your computer's Ethernet port and any of the Netgear router's numbered ports.
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