Setup WiFi on the Netgear CG4500BDv2

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The Netgear CG4500BDv2 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.

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This is the wifi guide for the Netgear CG4500BDv2. 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 CG4500BDv2

To get started configuring the Netgear CG4500BDv2 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 CG4500BDv2, follow our Netgear CG4500BDv2 Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Netgear CG4500BDv2

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 CG4500BDv2 router.

Beginning with the page you see above, click the option of Wireless. This is in the center of the page and in the left sidebar.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Netgear CG4500BDv2

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This is the wifi setup page from your Netgear CG4500BDv2 router.

You should now see a page like the one above. On this page we will discuss four settings:

Before you start, you need to decide what size wireless range you need. The 2.4GHz frequency is much larger than the 5GHz frequency. If you decide to go with 2.4GHz fill out the top half of the page. If you decide to go with 5GHz fill out the bottom half.

  • The Name (SSID): This is the name you give your network so you can recognize it later. Be creative here but avoid personal information. Learn more on our Change your Wireless Name page.
  • The Channel: If you decide you want to change the channel, make sure to use channels 1, 6, or 11 on the 2.4GHz frequency. Find out why in our WiFi Channels guide.
  • The Security Options: Here you can see a list of different options. The best choice is WPA2-PSK [AES]. Find out why in our WEP vs. WPA guide.
  • The Passphrase: This is the network password. It is a good idea to have a strong password. If you are interested in learning how to do this properly read our Creating a Strong Password page.

When you are finished click the green Apply button at the top of the page.

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 CG4500BDv2 Info

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This is the wifi guide for the Netgear CG4500BDv2. We also have the following guides for the same router: