Netgear has been providing reliable networking hardware to the users from a very long time. Their products include routers, extenders, cameras and more. The Netgear routers are very reliable and provide a very smooth user experience. The routers need to be logged in before the user can access the advanced features of the routers. The users had to login to their routers using the default IP address specific to their routers. Many of the users either don’t know or don’t know where to look for the default IP address for their routers. Netgear provided their users with a very simple solution. They now ship their routers preconfigured to use www.routerlogin.net instead of the default IP addresses. The router recognizes the web domain name and translates it and redirects the user automatically to the router’s login page. This way, the user doesn’t have to remember the default IP addresses for their routers. This has made the setup process much easier and provided the users with a simple login procedure.
The web domain name www.routerlogin.net is the domain name which is used to login to the router’s login page. After logging in using www.routerlogin.net, the user has to type in the default username and password for their routers. Only after that can the user access the advanced features of the router such as the Guest Network, the Parental Control, to change the default username and password for the router, set up different networks and update the firmware. All of the information of the user’s network can be found in the Netgear Setup Wizard such as the status of the wired and wireless connection and all the information regarding the said networks, how many devices are connected to the network at a given time, if there are any guests networks setup and if they are secured or not.
Updating the firmware of the router is a very important part of the setup process as the updated firmware makes sure that the router is up to date. There are new media devices coming out almost every day. In order for the router to be able to connect to the devices, the router’s firmware needs to be up to date so that the router is able to connect to the media devices. If the router is out of date, the user will face problems while setting up and connecting to different media devices.
The firmware upgrade also makes sure that the security on the router is up to date as well. If the router’s security is out of date, the user’s router and all the sensitive information passing through the router will be vulnerable to threats. The sensitive information may include the user’s banking information when they buy something online, their emails and passwords, their private information and more. So for the user to secure their network, the user must keep their firmware up to date.
Here, we will show the users the troubleshooting steps to setup and login to their router with the smart wizard, to change the username and password for the router, to reset the router and to update the router using the Smart Wizard web interface.
There are some prerequisites required for the initial setup process. They are:
- Ethernet cables to make the connections between the devices. It is recommended that the initial setup and login process is done with the help of the Ethernet cables as wireless devices may corrupt the router.
- A desktop computer or a laptop to access the Setup Wizard.
- A running internet connection.
How to setup and login to the Netgear router using the Smart Wizard
- Connect the modem to the WLAN port of the router using an Ethernet cable. Make sure the connections are made properly.
- Now, connect the computer or laptop to any of the LAN ports of the router using an Ethernet cable. Make sure the connections are made properly on both ends.
- Switch the computer, the modem and the router off and then turn them all on. Wait for the devices to finish booting up.
- Using the device that is connected to the Netgear router, open any web browser of your choice. Type www.routerlogin.net in the address bar and press enter.
- You will be taken straight to the login page of the router. The login page will prompt you for the default username and password for your Netgear router. The default username is “admin” and the default password for the Netgear router is “password” for most cases. Type in the default information of the router and press enter. The default username and password are both case sensitive. If the user fails to login to the router’s login page, then there is a chance that the user might have changed the password at some point. Try logging in with any other previously set passwords. If all else fails, then the user needs to reset the router in order to restore the factory default settings of the router.
- The Setup Wizard web interface screen will now display. Click the Setup Wizard.
- The Setup Wizard will now try to detect the type of internet connection that you have. The setup wizard detects the connection as Dynamic IP for all the cable internet connections. Click Yes and hit Next.
- After the Setup Wizard has detected the type of internet connection that you have, click Next to save the settings in the router.
You will now be connected to the router and logged in as well. You can now start reconfiguring the router as you desire and start personalizing the network as you please.
How to reset the Netgear router
The user might need to reset the router if they ever forget or lose the username and password for their router. The reset restores the router back to its factory default settings. The user can then log in to their router using the default information of the router. Here are the steps to reset the router:
- Locate the Reset button at the back of the Netgear router. It might be labeled as Reset or Restore Factory Settings.
- Using a paper clip or something similar, press the reset button and hold it for about ten seconds.
- After holding the reset button for about ten seconds, release the button. The LED lights on the router will now start blinking. Once the power light on the router becomes stable and green or white in color, the route will have reset.
The user can now login to the router using the default information of the router and go on to reconfigure it suitable to their needs.
How to change the username and password for your Netgear router using the Smart Wizard web interface
It is advised that the user changes the default username and password for their router to secure their network. Make sure that new password that the user sets is hard for other people to guess so that nobody can access their network without their permission. Also, make sure that the username that you are trying to set doesn’t contain any personal information of the user as it is still visible on other devices. Here are the steps to change the username and password for the Netgear router:
- Using a device that is connected to the Netgear router, open any web browser of your choice.
- Type www.routerlogin.net in the address bar of the web browser and hit enter.
- You will be taken to the router’s login page straightaway. Enter the default information of the router. The default username is “admin” and the default password is “password” for most of the Netgear routers. The username and password are case sensitive.
- The Basic Home page will now display. Click OK.
- Select the Wireless option from the justify side of the screen.
- You will see the Network Name (SSID) field. Here, you can type in the new desired username for your Netgear router. Make sure that you do not share any personal information in the username as the username is still visible to the other devices in the coverage area of the router.
- Below the Network Name (SSID) option, you will see the Password (Network Key) option. Here, you can set up a new password for your Netgear router. Make sure that the password is hard for other people to guess.
- Click Apply button to save the changes made.
Your changes will now be saved and you can log in to your Netgear router using the new information. You can now connect any other device by entering the new information as well.
How to update the firmware of the router using the Check button on the Smart Wizard web interface
Netgear release firmware updates regularly so that the users don’t face any troubles with the router. The newer firmware might add some new features to the router and also it fixes any bugs or previously faced issues with the router. Here are the steps to upgrade the firmware of the Netgear router:
- Launch a web browser on a device that is connected to the Netgear router.
- Type www.routerlogin.net in the address bar of the router. Press enter.
- You will be prompted for the username and password of the router. The default username is “admin” and the default password is “password” for most of the Netgear routers. The username and password are case sensitive.
- Click ADVANCED. Now, select Administration.
- Check for either Router Update or Firmware Update option. The name may vary for different router models.
- Click Check to check whether there are any firmware updates available.
- The router will now look for any firmware update if there is any available. If a firmware update is available, then a message will display asking you if you wish to download and install the update. Click Yes to download and install the update.
The router will now start updating its firmware. It usually takes a couple of minutes for the router to update the firmware. It is recommended that the update process isn’t interrupted anyhow as it will corrupt the router and render it unusable. After the firmware has been updated, the user can start using their router as they desire.