Setup WiFi on the Netgear WNDR3800

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The Netgear WNDR3800 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 WNDR3800 Guides

This is the wifi guide for the Netgear WNDR3800.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 WNDR3800

To get started configuring the Netgear WNDR3800 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 WNDR3800, follow our Netgear WNDR3800 Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Netgear WNDR3800

If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.

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This is the general page from your Netgear router.

Let's start this guide on the Basic Home page of the Netgear WNDR3800. To configure the WiFi settings, click the option of Wireless on the left side of the page.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Netgear WNDR3800

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This is the wifi setup page from your Netgear router.

On this new page, you first need to change the factory default Name (SSID) to one of your choosing. It's not really important what you enter here but it's a good idea to avoid personal information. If you need more information on this topic, read our Wireless Names Guide.

Next, check to see what Channel you are using. Everyone should be using channels 1,6, or 11. For more information on this topic, read our WiFi Channels Guide.

Below that is the Security Options. There are quite a few choices here and we recommend the one titled WPA2-PSK[AES]. Learn more in our guide titled WEP vs. WPA.

Once you have done this, create a strong Passphrase. This is the network password. It is very important that you create a strong password of at least 14-20 characters. For more tips read our Password Guide.

Click the Apply button and you are finished. Congratulations!

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 WNDR3800 Info

Don't forget about our other Netgear WNDR3800 info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the Netgear WNDR3800.We also have the following guides for the same router: