Setup WiFi on the Netgear WGE101

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The Netgear WGE101 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 WGE101 Guides

This is the wifi guide for the Netgear WGE101.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 WGE101

To get started configuring the Netgear WGE101 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 WGE101, follow our Netgear WGE101 Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Netgear WGE101

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 guide on the Status page of the Netgear WGE101 router. To configure the WiFi settings, click the Wireless Settings option in the left sidebar. This can be found under the main heading of Setup.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Netgear WGE101

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This is the wifi setup page from your Netgear router.

You are then taken to a page like the one you see above.

The first setting can be found under the main heading of Wireless Settings. Enter a new name for your network in the Network Name (SSID) box. It really doesn't matter what you enter here but we strongly recommend that you don't use personal information. Check out our guide titled How to Change your Wireless Name for more information.

Now take a look at the Channel/Frequency. Be sure you are using channels 1,6, or 11. Find out why in our WiFi Channels Guide.

Under the Security Settings you may notice there is only one real option for security, WEP. Do not use WEP, it is extremely outdated. Read our WEP vs. WPA Guide for more information. We highly recommend that you upgrade your firmware to allow for WPA2-PSK which is the best option available.

That's it, just click Apply to save your changes.

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 WGE101 Info

Don't forget about our other Netgear WGE101 info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the Netgear WGE101.We also have the following guides for the same router: