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Dual Band 11ac WiFi Router R6200

Installation Guide


350 East Plumeria Drive

San Jose, CA 95134, USA

June 2012

Package Contents

The box should contain the following items. If any items are incorrect, missing, or damaged, contact your NETGEAR dealer.

Ethernet cable

Power adapter

Dual Band WiFi Router


In some regions, a Resource

CD is included with your product.

Important: Be sure to remove the plastic film from the router before using it.

You can use this diagram to connect your router or follow the detailed instructions in this booklet.

1. Prepare your modem.

Unplug your modem. If it has a battery backup, remove the battery.

2. Connect your modem.

Plug in your modem. Put the battery back in. Then cable the modem to the router Internet port.


DSL or Cable



3. Power on

the router.

4. Connect a computer.

5. Launch a browser.

User Manual

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Install Your Router 2

Prepare your modem. 2

Connect your modem. 2

Power on the router. 3

Connect a computer. 3

Launch a browser. 4

Preset Wireless Security 4

Wireless Network Settings 5

Add Wireless Devices to the Network 6

WPS Method 6

Manual Method 6

Access the Router to Make More Changes 7

Troubleshooting 9

ReadySHARE Access 9

Other Features 10


Install Your Router

Make sure that your Internet service is active before you install the router. Follow steps 1 through 5.

1. Prepare your modem.

a. Unplug your modem’s power.

DSL or cable

b. If the modem has a battery backup, remove its batteries.

c. If your modem was already connected to another router, disconnect the cable between your modem and that router.


Your modem should now be completely turned off, and cabled only to the wall jack for your Internet service.

2. Connect your modem.





b a


a. Plug in, then turn on your modem. (Replace the batteries if you removed them previously.)

b. With the yellow Ethernet cable that came with the router, connect your modem to the Internet port of your router.


3. Power on the router.







a. Connect the power adapter to the router and plug the power adapter into an outlet.

b. Before going to Step 4, wait for the Wireless LED on the front panel of the router to turn on. If none of the LEDs on the front panel are on, press the Power On/Off button on the rear panel of the router.

4. Connect a computer.





You can use an Ethernet cable (not included) or connect wirelessly.

Use the Ethernet cable to connect your computer to an

Ethernet port on your router.

Or, connect wirelessly by using the preset wireless security settings shown on the product label.


5. Launch a browser.

If a web page does not open, close and reopen the browser and type in the address bar, or see


on page 12.


Preset Wireless Security

This product has a unique WiFi 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 on the product label.

NETGEAR recommends that you do not change the preset WiFi network name (SSID) and network key (password). If you do change the settings, the security SSID and password on the bottom of the product no longer apply.


Wireless Network Settings

Record the default preset wireless settings that are printed on the label in the space below for easy reference.

WiFi Network Name (SSID):

Network Key (Password):

If you change the default settings, record them here for easy reference, and then store this booklet in a safe place:

WiFi Network Name (SSID):

Network Key (Password):

To retrieve or update your wireless password, type in a web browser and log in using the default user name (admin) and password (password).

Select Wireless Settings to locate your wireless password.


Add Wireless Devices to the Network

Choose either the manual or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) method to add wireless computers and other devices to your wireless network.

WPS Method

If your wireless device supports WPS—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 you are prompted to press the WPS button:


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. Then the device connects to the router.


Repeat this process to add other WPS wireless devices.


WPS does not support WEP security. If you try to connect a

WEP client to your network using WPS, it does not work.

Manual Method


On the wireless device that you want to connect to your router

(iPhone, laptop, computer, gaming device), open the software utility that manages its wireless connections. This utility scans for all wireless networks in your area.


Look for the preset NETGEAR WiFi network name (SSID) and select it. The SSID is located on the product label on the router.


If you changed the name of your network during the setup process, look for that network name.


Enter the preset password (or your custom password if you changed it), and click Connect.

Repeat steps 1–3 to add other wireless devices.


Access the Router to Make More Changes

After you use NETGEAR genie to set up the router, you can log in to the router to view its settings or make changes.

To log in to the router:


Launch a web browser from a computer or wireless devices that is connected to the router.


Type or in the address field of the browser. A login screen displays: admin



Enter admin for the user name and password for the password.

The router Basic Home screen displays:

See the User Manual for more information about the router screens.


To change the password for the router user name:


Log in to the router.


Select Administration > Set Password to display the Set

Password screen:


Type your old password, and type the new password twice.

NETGEAR recommends that you use the password recovery feature when you change your password.


Select the Enable Password Recovery check box.


Click Apply.


You are prompted to answer questions, which are saved.

To use password recovery to retrieve a forgotten password:

You must enable password recovery as described in the previous section in order to use this feature.


Launch a web browser from a computer or wireless devices that is connected to the router.


Type or in the address field of the browser.


When the login screen displays, click Cancel.

You are prompted to enter your saved answers so that you can log in to the router.



If the browser does not display the web page:

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 has full power, and that its WiFi LED is solid green.

Close and reopen the browser to make sure that the browser does not cache the previous page.


If the PC is set to a static or fixed IP address (this condition is uncommon), change it to obtain an IP address automatically from the router.

ReadySHARE Access

After installation and setup, you can insert a USB storage device into the USB port on the router and share the contents with other network users. (If your USB device has special drivers, it is not compatible.)


If your USB device requires a power supply, you must use it when connecting your USB device to a NETGEAR router or gateway.

It may take up to 2 minutes before the USB drive is ready for sharing after it is connected to the router.

To access your USB device:

On Windows systems, use any of these methods:

Select Start > Run and enter \\readyshare in the dialog box.

Click OK.

Open Explorer or Safari and enter \\readyshare in the address bar.


Open My Network Places and enter \\readyshare in the address bar.

On Mac systems, do this:


Select Go > Connect to Server.


Enter smb://readyshare as the Server Address.


Click Connect.

The readyshareconnect.exe file (for Windows) is available to download here:

Other Features

For additional features, including Live Parental Controls, Traffic

Metering, ReadySHARE, Guest Access, and more, log in to your router at

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WiFi Connection

STATUS Connected

Router Settings

Click here

Network Map

Number of devices 16

Parental Controls

Click here


Click here

Automatically fix common network problems and easily manage your home network connections.


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