Setup WiFi on the Netgear CG3100

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The Netgear CG3100 router is considered a wireless router because it offers WiFi connectivity. WiFi, or simply wireless, allows you to connect various devices to your router, such as wireless printers, smart televisions, and WiFi enabled smartphones.

Other Netgear CG3100 Guides

This is the wifi guide for the Netgear CG3100.We also have the following guides for the same router:

WiFi Terms

Before we get started there is a little bit of background info that you should be familiar with.

Wireless Name

Your wireless network needs to have a name to uniquely identify it from other wireless networks. If you are not sure what this means we have a guide explaining what a wireless name is that you can read for more information.

Wireless Password

An important part of securing your wireless network is choosing a strong password.

Wireless Channel

Picking a WiFi channel is not always a simple task. Be sure to read about WiFi channels before making the choice.


You should almost definitely pick WPA2 for your networks encryption. If you are unsure, be sure to read our WEP vs WPA guide first.

Login To The Netgear CG3100

To get started configuring the Netgear CG3100 WiFi settings you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.

To login to the Netgear CG3100, follow our Netgear CG3100 Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Netgear CG3100

If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.

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This is the status page from your Netgear router.

This guide begins on the Modem Status page of the Netgear CG3100. To change the Wi-Fi settings, click the option of Wireless Settings in the left sidebar under Setup.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Netgear CG3100

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This is the wifi setup page from your Netgear router.

This takes you to the Wireless Settings page of the Netgear CG3100.

First, you need to change the Name(SSID). This is the name you need to create in order to identify your local network. While it really doesn't matter what you enter here, we recommend avoiding personal information. Learn more about this subject in our Wireless Names Guide.

Next is the Control Channel. Everyone should be on either 1,6, or 11. To learn why, read our WiFi Channels.

Now skip down to the Security Options and pick the radio dot labeled WPA2-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 Pre-Shared Key) for the maximum security available today. For more on this, read our WEP vs. WPA Guide.

You will then be asked to choose an Encryption. We recommend the choice of AES.

The final setting that needs to be changed is titled Pre-Shared Key. This is the network password. It is important to create a strong password to deter an possible attacks on your network. We recommend a minimum of 14-20 characters and at least one symbol, number, and capital letter in your new password. Learn more in our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.

That's it, you are finished, just click the Apply button before you exit.

Possible Problems when Changing your WiFi Settings

After making these changes to your router you will almost definitely have to reconnect any previously connected devices. This is usually done at the device itself and not at your computer.

Other Netgear CG3100 Info

Don't forget about our other Netgear CG3100 info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the Netgear CG3100.We also have the following guides for the same router: