Setup WiFi on the Netgear Nighthawk R8300

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The Netgear Nighthawk R8300 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 R8300.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 R8300

To get started configuring the Netgear Nighthawk R8300 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 R8300, follow our Netgear Nighthawk R8300 Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Netgear Nighthawk R8300

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.

To get to the network security section, click the option in the center of the page labeled Wireless or click the Wireless option in the left sidebar. Both options take you to the same page.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Netgear Nighthawk R8300

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This is the wifi setup page from your Netgear router.

On this page you need to decide if you are going to use Wireless Network (2.4GHz b/g/n) or Wireless Network (5GHz a/n/ac). The 2.4GHz network is larger than the 5GHz network, however the 5GHz network has a slightly faster data rate.

After you have chosen the network, make sure to enter the following selections under that particular network heading.

When you have finished making the changes you wanted, click the green Apply button.

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 Nighthawk R8300 Info

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This is the wifi guide for the Netgear Nighthawk R8300.We also have the following guides for the same router: