Installation Guide
N300 Wireless Router
Step 1:
Step 2:
Step 3:
Unplug the power
to turn off your modem.
Connect one end of the yellow
Ethernet cable ( ) to your modem,
and the other end to the Internet port
on your router.
Plug in, then turn on your modem.
Wait approximately 2 minutes
until your modem turns on.
If your modem has a battery backup,
first remove and reinsert the battery
before connecting your
modem to power.
Package Contents:
or Cable
(not included)
Laptop or Desktop
Power On/Off
N300 Wireless Router
N300 Wireless Router
Ethernet cable
Power adapter
Step 4:
Step 5:
Connect the power adapter to the
router, then plug it into an outlet.
Wait until the wireless LED turns
solid green.
Connect the router
to your computer (
If none of the LEDs turn on, make sure that
the Power On/Off button is in the ON position
(pushed in).
Optionally, connect wirelessly by using the
preset wireless security settings
located on the bottom label.
Step 6:
Open a browser.
Use another Ethernet cable to establish
a wired connection as shown in this diagram.
If the Web page does not display,
close and re-open the browser
and enter in
the address bar, or check the
“Troubleshooting” section on
the back of this installation guide.
Preset Wireless Security
This product has a unique Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and network key (password).
The default SSID and network key (password) are uniquely generated for every
device (like a serial number), to protect and maximize your wireless security. This
information is located on the label on the bottom of the product.
NETGEAR recommends that you do not change the preset Wi-Fi network name
(SSID) and network key (password). If you do change the settings, the information
on the bottom of the product does not apply.
Connect Wireless Devices to Your Router
Choose either the manual or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) method to add wireless
computers, and other devices to your wireless network.
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Manual Method
Open the software utility that manages your wireless connections on the
wireless device that you want to connect to your router (iPhone, laptop,
computer, gaming device). This utility scans for all wireless networks in your
2. Look for the preset NETGEAR wireless network name (SSID), and select it.
The preset Wi-Fi network name (SSID) is located on the product label on the
bottom of the router.
Note: If you changed the name of your network during the setup process, look
for that network name.
Find the preset Wireless Settings on your router and record them here:
Wi-Fi Network Name (SSID) _______________________________
Network Key (Password) _________________________________
If you change the preset wireless settings, record it here:
Wireless Network Name (SSID) _______________________________
Network Key (Password) _____________________________________
If necessary to retrieve or update your password, type in a Web browser and log in using the
default user name (admin) and password (password).
Enter the preset password (or your custom password if you changed it), and
click Connect.
4. Repeat steps 1–3 to add other wireless devices.
WPS Method
If your wireless device supports WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)—NETGEAR calls
this method Push 'N' Connect—you might be prompted to press the WPS button on
the router instead of entering a password. If this happens:
Press the WPS button
on the router.
Within 2 minutes, press the WPS button on the client device, or follow the
WPS instructions that came with your wireless device to complete the WPS
process. The device will then be connected to your router.
3. Repeat this process to add other WPS wireless devices.
Note: WPS does not support WEP security. If you try to connect a WEP client
to your network using WPS, it will not work.
Make sure that the PC is connected to one of the four LAN Ethernet ports, or
wirelessly to the router.
Make sure that the router is fully up and running. Its wireless LED should turn
Close and re-open the browser to make sure that the browser does not cache
the previous page.
Browse to
If the PC is set to a static or fixed IP address (this is uncommon), change it to
obtain an IP address automatically from the router.
After installing your device, register at so you
can use our telephone support service. Also go to for
product updates, additional documentation, and support.
For the free Live Parental Controls centralized Internet site filtering software for your
router, download from:
For additional features, including Traffic Metering, ReadySHARE, Guest Access,
and others, log in to your router at:
For complete DoC please visit the NETGEAR EU Declarations of Conformity
website at:
For GNU General Public License (GPL) related information, please visit
Download the free Desktop
Automatically fix common network
problems and easily manage your
home network connections.
Select Wireless Settings to locate your wireless password.
September 2011
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