Knowing how to install a Netgear wireless router is essential for your home networking needs. Whether you use a Netgear router or any other brand, wireless routers are a must-have for any home with active laptop users. Let's take a look at what you need to do to install your Netgear router.
Hook up your Internet. You need to have internet access before you can use a wireless router, so let's assume you are already connecting to the internet through a cable or DSL modem.
Gather your supplies. The first thing you'll need to do is set up the hardware, so pop open up the box. Most Netgear routers should come with the following items in the box: the wireless router, an AC power adapter, an Ethernet cable and an installation CD. If any of these items are missing, contact the store where you purchased the router, and trade it in for one with all the parts.
Connect all the elements. Turn off power to your computer, and unplug your modem. Now remove the Ethernet cable that connects your modem to your computer from your computer. Connect this cable to your Netgear wireless router. Now remove the Ethernet cable that came with the packaging and connect the wireless router to the computer. Now reconnect power to your modem. Wait a few minutes and then connect the AC adapter to your wireless modem and plug it into a wall socket. Wait for a few more minutes, and turn on your computer.
Follow the setup instructions. When your computer boots up, insert the setup CD into the disc drive. Let the program load, and follow the instructions. Be sure to change the connection name and password from the one that came with the router. Once the setup wizard is complete, you should now have an active wireless signal for your home.
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