Setup WiFi on the Netgear DGFV338

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The Netgear DGFV338 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 DGFV338.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.

Encryption

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 DGFV338

To get started configuring the Netgear DGFV338 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 DGFV338, follow our Netgear DGFV338 Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Netgear DGFV338

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.

Start this guide on the Router Status page of the Netgear DGFV338.

First, click the option at the top of the page, in yellow, labeled Network Configuration.

Then below that choose Wireless Settings.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Netgear DGFV338

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This is the wifi setup page from your Netgear router.

You should end up on the page you see here.

First, you need to change the Name(SSID). This is the network ID for your internet. While it doesn't really matter what you enter here, we recommend avoiding personal information. Read our Wireless Names Guide for more information.

The second setting that needs attention is the Channel. We recommend everyone use channels 1,6, or 11. Learn why in our WiFi Channels Guide.

Then go to the section titled Wireless Security Type. Here you need to pick the wireless security mode you wish to use. We recommend WPA2 (AES Encryption). Learn why this is the best option in our WEP vs. WPA Guide.

To the right of that is the drop down list titled WPA with. Pick PSK from the list.

Under that is the Encryption. The most secure encryption is AES.

Now scroll down this page until you see the section titled PSK Settings. Change the Passphrase to one of your choosing. This password should be a minimum of 14-20 characters. It is also a good idea to add at least one symbol, number, and capital letter. Learn how to create a memorable and strong password in our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.

The last setting is titled Key Lifetime. The shorter the time the stronger the security. What this does is takes your password and creates a new encryption key every so many minutes. It looks as if the default is every 1440 minutes, or 24 hours. A more secure setting would be every 60 minutes.

That's it, before you exit click the Apply button near the bottom 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 DGFV338 Info

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This is the wifi guide for the Netgear DGFV338.We also have the following guides for the same router: