The Netgear WGXB102 Router-Mode 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.
Before we get started there is a little bit of background info that you should be familiar with.
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.
An important part of securing your wireless network is choosing a strong password.
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.
To get started configuring the Netgear WGXB102 Router-Mode 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 WGXB102 Router-Mode, follow our Netgear WGXB102 Router-Mode Login Guide.
If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.
This guide begins on the Router Status page of the Netgear WGXB102 Router-Mode. To configure the WiFi settings, click the option in the left sidebar labeled Wireless Settings under the heading of Setup.
This takes you to a page like the one you see above. The first setting that needs to be changed is titled Name (SSID). Change this to a name of your choice. While it doesn't really matter what you choose here, we recommend avoiding personal information. For more information check out our guide titled How to Change your Wireless Name.
The next setting that should be checked is called Channel. There are three channels that everyone should be using. Make sure your wireless is set to channels 1,6, or 11. If you are interested in learning why, read our guide titled WiFi Channels.
Now let's take a look at the Security Options. Here you have three options. We recommend that everyone use WPA2-PSK. Unfortunately this router version doesn't have this option. We strongly recommend updating your firmware to allow for the option of WPA2-PSK. Please read our guide titled WEP vs. WPA for more information.
After you have done this, you need to change your Passphrase. This is the password you use to access your network. No matter what security you choose, if your password is weak then your network can be cracked. We strongly recommend creating a strong password of at least 14-20 characters with at least one symbol, number, and capital letter. For more tips for strengthening your password, check out our guide titled Choosing a Strong Password.
That's it, you did it, just don't forget to click the Apply button before you exit.
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.
Don't forget about our other Netgear WGXB102 Router-Mode info that you might be interested in.