Setup WiFi on the Netgear VMDG280

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The Netgear VMDG280 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 VMDG280 Guides

This is the wifi guide for the Netgear VMDG280.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 VMDG280

To get started configuring the Netgear VMDG280 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 VMDG280, follow our Netgear VMDG280 Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Netgear VMDG280

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.

Let's start this WiFi guide on the Gateway Status page of the Netgear VMDG280 router.

Click the option in the left sidebar labeled Wireless Settings under the heading of Setup.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Netgear VMDG280

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This is the wifi setup page from your Netgear router.

This takes you to a page similar to the one you see above.

The first setting is titled Name(SSID). This is a name you need to create in order to identify your local network. It doesn't really matter what you enter here but we advise you to stay away from personal information. Check out this Wireless Names Guide for more information.

Now take a look at the Channel you are using. Everybody should use either channel 1,6, or 11. Find out why by clicking this link.

The next section is titled Security Options. For the best security available for home networks use WPA2-PSK [AES]. If you are interested in learning more, read our WEP vs. WPA Guide.

The last thing you need to change is the Passphrase. This is the password you use to access your network. We recommend at least 14 characters with one symbol, number, and capital letter. Find out more tips in our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.

To save these changes, click the Apply button.

That's it, you did it!

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 VMDG280 Info

Don't forget about our other Netgear VMDG280 info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the Netgear VMDG280.We also have the following guides for the same router: