Setup WiFi on the Netgear DGN1000

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The Netgear DGN1000 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 DGN1000 Guides

This is the wifi guide for the Netgear DGN1000.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 DGN1000

To get started configuring the Netgear DGN1000 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 DGN1000, follow our Netgear DGN1000 Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Netgear DGN1000

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.

Starting on the Router Status page of the Netgear DGN1000 click the link in the left sidebar labeled Wireless Settings under the heading of Setup.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Netgear DGN1000

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This is the wifi setup page from your Netgear router.

On this new page, use the Name(SSID) space to enter a new name for your network. It's not important what you enter here but we recommend staying away from personal information. Learn more about this in our Wireless Names Guide.

Next is the Channel. Make sure you are using channel 1,6, or 11. If you want to know why, check out our guide titled WiFi Channels.

Now locate the section titled Security Options. Pick the security type you want to use here. We recommend choosing the WPA2-PSK (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 with Pre-Shared Key) option. This is the most secure option for home networks. To learn more about this topic, read our WEP vs. WPA Guide.

The last setting that needs to be changed is the Network Key (8 ~ 63 characters). This is the password you use to access your local internet. We recommend creating a strong password. The longer your password the stronger your security. Check out our Choosing a Strong Password Guide for more information.

You did it, just don't forget to 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 DGN1000 Info

Don't forget about our other Netgear DGN1000 info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the Netgear DGN1000.We also have the following guides for the same router: