Setup WiFi on the Netgear WNDR3400

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The Netgear WNDR3400 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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Other Netgear WNDR3400 Guides

This is the wifi guide for the Netgear WNDR3400 v2. 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.

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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 WNDR3400

To get started configuring the Netgear WNDR3400 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 WNDR3400, follow our Netgear WNDR3400 Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Netgear WNDR3400

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 WNDR3400 router.

Let's begin this guide on the Basic Home page of the Netgear WNDR3400v2 router. Begin by clicking the option in the left sidebar labeled Wireless.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Netgear WNDR3400

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This is the wifi setup page from your Netgear WNDR3400 router.

This takes you to the page you see here. There are four settings that need to be changed in order to have a more secure WiFi.

First, find the box labeled Name (SSID) and enter a new name for your network. This is your network identification and should be changed from the default. While it doesn't really matter what you enter here we recommend avoiding personal information. Check out our Wireless Names Guide for more information.

The next setting that should be checked is titled Channel. You need to be sure you are using channels 1,6, or 11. These three channels are important, to learn why read our WiFi Channels Guide.

Now take a look at your Security Options. There are several choices here and if you are interested in learning what the differences are, read our WEP vs. WPA Guide. We recommend using the option of WPA2-PSK[AES]. This is the most secure option available today.

The last setting that needs to be changed is titled Passphrase. This is the network password and should be made strong for the protection of your network. We recommend using at least 14-20 characters and contain at least one symbol, number, and capital letter. Check out our Password Guide for more information.

Don't forget to click the Apply button before you exit. Congratulations, 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 WNDR3400 Info

Don't forget about our other Netgear WNDR3400 info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the Netgear WNDR3400 v2. We also have the following guides for the same router: