Setup WiFi on the Netgear VMDG480

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The Netgear VMDG480 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 VMDG480 Guides

This is the wifi guide for the Netgear VMDG480.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 VMDG480

To get started configuring the Netgear VMDG480 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 VMDG480, follow our Netgear VMDG480 Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Netgear VMDG480

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 on the Home page of the Netgear VMDG480 router. Then, click the option at the bottom of the page labeled Advanced Settings.

This opens up a new page with a left sidebar full of choices. Click Wireless Settings under the Setup heading.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Netgear VMDG480

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This is the wifi setup page from your Netgear router.

The first section on this new page is titled Wireless Network. In this section there are two settings that need your attention. The first is titled SSID. This is the network name. Change this name to one of your choosing. It doesn't matter what you enter here but we recommend avoiding personal information. Check out our Wireless Names Guide for more information. The second setting in this section is titled Channel. Make sure you are using channel 1,6, or 11. Find out why in our WiFi Channels Guide.

The next section is titled Security Mode. There are six different choices here. For maximum security choose the security option of WPA2-PSK[AES]. Find out why in our guide titled WEP vs. WPA.

The last setting that needs to be changed for your wireless security is the Passphrase. You should use a minimum of 14-20 characters in your new password. Learn more ideas for strengthening your password in our guide, found by clicking this link.

That's all there is to do, click the Apply button and you are finished.

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 VMDG480 Info

Don't forget about our other Netgear VMDG480 info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the Netgear VMDG480.We also have the following guides for the same router: