How to secure NetGear router: login, password

How to secure NetGear router: login, password

The Wireless Netgear router is widely used but it poses security concerns. Securing this router can be a major concern because the IP, admin username, password and username are all stored in it. The below article has the default Netgear router address which must be secured from hackers. Read on for all the information and necessary steps on how to secure this router.

What are the security risks?

It is highly recommended to secure your router to restrict users or allow only trusted users to access your wireless network. If you have just purchased a NetGear router and it is not secured - which is its default settings - this will let superfluous users connect and steal your wireless internet connection and also access your machine to hack and steal your data.

What's the solution?

  • Before starting, you should access your wireless router's settings and configuration page

The default address for your Wireless NetGear Router is:




(depending upon the IP address of the router).

This address should be entered on a web browser.

  • You will be asked to enter the:
    • Username: admin (default)
    • Password: password (default)

I would advise you to change the username and password

  • On the Configuration menu, Click "wireless settings" under setup
  • Make security as WEP
  • Security type: select "automatic"
  • Encryption strength: Select "64 bit"
  • Check on key 1 and type in any 10 digit key. Click on "apply the settings"
  • Then your PC will ask you for the WEP key. You will have to enter the 10 digit key and confirm the same and click "connect".
  • Now you have enabled WEP for your wireless network and it is secure.
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