How to Setup a Netgear Dual-Band Router

This Tutorial is based on my knowledge on configuring a Netgear Dual Band router connected to a Cable Modem. The SSIDs and pass-phrases on the images are fictitious.

First Option  – How to setup your Netgear router by using a pre-configured setting?

If you’d like a hassle-free guide to setup your Netgear Dual Band Router, you may follow this procedure.

To begin, unplug the power cable or turn off your Modem.  Connect the ethernet or network cable to the router’s Internet Port.  Turn on or plug-in the power cable of the Modem. Connect the power adapter to the router to turn it ON.  Connect your computer to the router by using an Ethernet cable plugged in to the router’s LAN Port. Wait for all the lights to be stabilized.

Open up your favorite browser (IE, Chrome or Firefox) and type  then press enter.

It will prompt you to type the default User Name which is admin and the Password is password.

You should now see this page and that you have successfully setup your Netgear router. Your router’s configuration is pretty much done. Look at the back of your router and locate a Sticker with the default SSID (your wireless network name) and the pass-phrase. You will need these to connect your wireless devices such as computers, smart phones, printer, gaming console, etc.

You may stop now and do not need to proceed but make sure to change the Admin’s default Password right away. See the first part of the next Tutorial on how to change the Admin Password.

Second Option – How to setup your Netgear router by using a manual configuration?

If you prefer a manual setup, you may proceed to the rest of this Tutorial.  It is recommended to change the Admin Password immediately for security purpose.  I always prefer to manually setup the router so that I’ll have a preference on how to setup the wireless network.

Close the browser then re-open it and type, go back to the router’s setting and type default Username is admin, default Password is password.

To change the Admin’s Password, go to Advanced Tab>Administration>Set Password

Click on the Basic Tab – from here you may manually configure your router.

To modify the Internet –   to either setup your Internet dynamically or manually assign Static IPs; Wireless – to secure your network; Parental Control –  to block unwanted sites and restrict browsing hours; Ready Share Network – if you have USB devices that you need to plug in to the router and shared off from your network and Guest Network – create a separate SSID for your Guests.

Or….follow the Setup Wizard to setup your wireless network.

You may select Basic Tab or Setup Wizard  to configure your router’s wireless Channel and Mode.

In the Basic Tab click on Wireless, in here you may assign the SSID, change the Channel and change the Mode if needed.

The following features of a Netgear router are all optional, you may decide later on if you will need to setup these features:

Ready SHARE –  From the Basic Tab then Ready SHARE, You may access your USB external storage device on Windows Operating Systems on Start Orb>type \\readyshare then press enter. From a Mac computer select Go>Connect to Server>type  smb://readyshare in the Server Address then click Connect.

Guest Network  – From Basic Tab then Guest Network , you may enable this option  to have a separate SSID for your Guests.

Quality of Service (QoS ) – to prioritize any applications

Wireless Repeating Function is helpful to extend your wireless coverage in your home.

Here ‘s a guide on how to setup wireless repeating mode:

Note: The Wireless Repeating function  won’t work for WPA2, only up to WPA network security.

Save all the Settings when finished adding all other features.

To verify all important router settings if they are properly configured  including the Wireless Area Network (WAN ) and Local Area Network (LAN) IPs  information, click on Advanced Tab then Advanced Home Tab.

If you need any technical assistance click on Help and Support Documentation.

Other great features of this router can be found in this Article.

Optional:You may wish to buy a Dual Band Wi-Fi adapter for a better network performance utilizing both bands (5GHz and 2.4GHz) and to utilize HD video streaming.

How to Setup a D-Link Router

In this Tutorial we will be using a D-Link DIR 655 wireless router connected to a Charter Communications Cable Modem. We will not be using the D-Link installation CD but will manually configure your router.

To begin, connect a patch network cable between the Modem’s port and the Router’s WAN or Internet Port. Connect a patch network cable from one of the router’s LAN or Ethernet Ports to each device that will use a wired connection. Keep an eye on the Modem and Router’s lights until they are stabilized.

From a computer wired directly to the router, open up your favorite browser and type in Type the Default User Name of admin and the Password is blank.

Note: You may have to do a Power Cycle in case that you can’t access the router’s configuration page.

In the Tools Tab, change the Admin Password right away for security reason, do not use the default D-Link Admin Password.

In the Setup Tab you may either select the Internet Connection Setup Wizard or Manual Internet Connection.

In this Tutorial we will select the Manual Internet Connection option. In the Internet Connection Type we will use Dynamic IP (DHCP).

To configure the Wireless Security – Click on the Setup Tab, then Wireless Settings Tab. In here, you may choose to manually setup your wireless network or use the a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). Let’s choose the Manual Wireless Connection Setup.

Click on the Manual Wireless Network Setup, type your SSID (wireless network name) make sure that you do not use your router’s name (default SSID). You may leave the Mode to the default which is the Mixed Mode. You may change this later on if you’re having any wireless issues. Save the setting after the changes.

In the Wireless Security Mode, it is recommended to use WPA2. If some of your wireless devices don’t support this mode, feel free to change it but please do not use a WEP Security (not unless some of your wireless devices won’t connect to WPA2) bec. it is equivalent to a No Security. We will choose WPA2 TKIP and AES and type in a complex password but easy for you to remember. Save the setting after the changes.

Take advantage of the great features in your D-Link router such as Quality of Service (QoS), Port forwarding and Guest Zone. The Guest Zone is one of the nice feature of D-Link DIR 655 and not all routers have this type of option. If you enable this feature, you may create a separate SSID (or wireless network) other than your own SSID for Guests use only and have them connect to a separate SSID and isolate your Guests from your own wireless network for security reason.

To setup Port Forwarding, go to Advanced Tab, then Port Forwarding Tab. Make sure that you have all the Port Numbers handy for the Applications that you need to be port forwarded. Add the Application Name, TCP & UDP Ports Numbers and Schedule. Save the setting after the changes.


Mac Cloning – You will need to enable Mac Cloning from Dynamic IP (DHCP) Internet Type section and click on Clone your PCs MAC Address if your ISP didn’t provide you with your IP information. If you are not sure about this you may contact your ISP.

You don’t have to do anything at this point if it’s not needed.

We have just concluded setting up a D-Link DIR 655 Router. Feel free to take advantage of the Support Menu just in case that you have any concerns regarding your router setting. It is located in the Support Tab. There are a few helpful information that you may utilize.

Finally, you may now connect all your wireless computers and devices (smart phones, printer, gaming console, etc.). Make sure to type in the correct pass-phrase to ensure a successful wireless connectivity. If you encounter any disconnection issues on your wired and wireless network devices, you may do a Power Cycle.