Setup WiFi on the Netgear Nighthawk R6900

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The Netgear Nighthawk R6900 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 Nighthawk R6900. 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 Nighthawk R6900

To get started configuring the Netgear Nighthawk R6900 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 Nighthawk R6900, follow our Netgear Nighthawk R6900 Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Netgear Nighthawk R6900

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 Nighthawk R6900 router.

We start this guide on the Home page of the Netgear Nighthawk R6900 router. To change your wireless network settings click the Advanced tab. From there click Setup on the left hand side of the page and Wireless Setup just below that.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Netgear Nighthawk R6900

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This is the wifi setup page from your Netgear Nighthawk R6900 router.

This should bring you to the page shown above.

Be sure to only make your changes in the Wireless Network (2.4GHz b/g/n) section of the page.

Begin by setting a Name (SSID). This will serve as your network identification and can be anything you want it to be. However, due to security reasons we strongly recommend avoiding the use of any personal information. For more on this subject be sure to visit our Wireless Names Guide.

Next is the Channel. Open the drop down list and choose either 1, 6, or 11. Why are these the best options? Read our WiFi Channels Guide to find out.

After that be sure to set the Security Options to WPA2-PSK [AES]. This option will provide you with the best security. To learn more be sure to check out our WEP vs. WPA Guide.

Lastly you'll need to set a Password (Network Key). This can be anything you want it to be, however bear in mind that a strong password is 14-20 characters in length and includes no personal information. For more help take a look through our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.

That's it! You're done. Just don't forget to click Apply before closing 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.

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This is the wifi guide for the Netgear Nighthawk R6900. We also have the following guides for the same router: