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How To Disable the UPnP Feature On Your NETGEAR Router

Note: NETGEAR takes network security very seriously and we are analyzing any potential issues regarding UPnP.  If you  like, you can easily disable the UPnP function on your NETGEAR router or gateway by following the instructions below.  Thank you for using NETGEAR products.
1.       Login to router GUI by typing www.routerlogin.neton an Internet browser?s address bar .
2.       Go to ADVANCED tab, then Advanced Setup, and click UPnP menu.
3.       Uncheck Turn UPnP On box.
4.       Click Apply button to save settings.

Note: Disabling the UPnP feature on your router may cause some Windows functions or devices to not work. If you experience problems after disabling UPnP, please check with your device manufacturer if UPnP is required for it to work properly on the network.

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what is 802.1x security authentication

Authentication means making sure that something is what it claims to be. E.g., in online banking, you want to make sure that the remote computer is actually your bank, and not someone pretending to be your bank. The purpose of 802.1x is to accept or reject users who want full access to a network using 802.1x. It is a security protocol that works with 802.11 wireless networks such as 802.11g and 802.11b, as well as with wired devices.

All NETGEAR ProSafe Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches support this authentication.

NETGEAR access points with full WPA (WPA Enterprise) support 802.1x, e.g., WG302, FWG114P and 

Details of 802.1x Authentication

The main parts of 802.1x Authentication are:

A supplicant, a client end user, which wants to be authenticated.

An authenticator (an access point or a switch), which is a "go between", acting as proxy for the end user, and restricting the end user's communication with the authentication server.

An authentication server (usually a RADIUS server), which decides whether to accept the end user's request for full network access.

In a wireless network, 802.1x is used by an access point to implement WPA. In order to connect to the access point, a wireless client must first be authenticated using WPA.

In a wired network, switches use 802.1x in a wired network to implement port-based authentication. Before a switch forwards packets through a port, the attached devices must be authenticated. After the end user logs off, the virtual port being using is changed back to the unauthorized state.

A benefit of 802.1x is the switches and the access points themselves do not need to know how to authenticate the client. All they do is pass the authentication information between the client and the authentication server. The authentication server handles the actual verification of the client’s credentials. This lets 802.1x support many authentication methods, from simple user name and password, to hardware token, challenge and response, and digital certificates.

802.1x uses EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol) to facilitate communication from the supplicant to the authenticator and from the authenticator to the authentication server.

EAP supports various authentication methods. As a user seeking authentication, you just need to use a method supported by the authentication server. As an administrator, you need to select which methods your server will use. Selection is beyond the scope of this article (and outside the scope of free NETGEAR support), however, the material in the Microsoft article will give administrators a solid grounding. Read More ( )

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How do I physically set up my router?

To physically set up the router:
  1. Remove any cables connecting the modem to the PC.
  2. Connect the router to the modem: Plug one end of an Ethernet cable to the modem and the other end into the isolated port on the router. The isolated port is yellow or slightly set apart from the rest of the router ports.
  3. Connect the router to the PC: Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the PC's Ethernet port, then the other end into any one of the four LAN ports on the router. If there are stickers blocking the LAN ports, remove them.
  4. Plug in the router's power adapter and check the Power light to ensure that the router is on.

Lost or Unable to use Router Configuration CD

Note : Older Netgear routers and gateways shipped with an installation CD. Newer router models do not ship with a CD.
Netgear does not replace lost or broken installation CDs,  because the management software built into the routers and gateways has a Setup Wizard that serves the same function.  There is no need to download anything to replace the CD - everything you need is in your router.  This is true even if :
  • The CD that shipped with the router has been lost or cannot be read, or
  • Errors occur when running the configuration program, or
  • The router is not connected to a computer using the Windows operating system.

  1. Connect your router to a computer by plugging one end of an Ethernet Cable into any of the four LAN ports on the back of your router.
Log in to your NETGEAR router by browsing to - or or or

Note: The URL changes by the product model. You can sometimes find the login URL and default login information on a sticker on the bottom or back of the router.

  1. Enter the username (admin) and password. By default, the password is password or 1234 (for older router models) unless it has already been changed.
  2. To install your router, simply click on the "Setup Wizard" link at the top of the left-hand navigation menu once you are logged into your router, and follow the displayed instructions.
  3. If you are familiar with networking, instead of using the setup wizard, you can use the menu to access the various setting screens and apply the settings that you want manually.
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How to Set up Netgear WNDR4000 N750 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router

Your home networking needs have a solution and that is the Netgear WNDR4000 N750 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit router. It’s an excellent router designed to offer excellent wireless coverage across throughout your home or office to help you wirelessly surf, email, print, or back up data using USB storage device. Also, it’s easy to set up and configure this router using the installation disk or the web-based interface. let’s check the steps given below and install the Netgear router: (Find Here Netgear router support)
1. Before beginning, make sure that you have login details of your ISP to connect to the Internet. Also keep the router login details handy. The default username and password will be printed at the bottom of the Netgear router. (See Also Default Password for Netgear Devices)
2. Power off all your devices viz. the DSL modem and computer. First connect the DSL cable to the Internet port of your DSL/cable modem. Now connect your Netgear router to your modem using the Ethernet cable (a yellow cable, it may also be of different color)
3. Now connect your router to your computer using the Ethernet cable. Plug the Ethernet cable in to one of the 4 LAN ports at the back of the router and run its other end into the Ethernet port of the computer.
4. Now plug the modem and router in their respective Power outlets. Make sure that your computer is also plugged in its Power outlet. Turn on the modem first and let it boot properly. When done, power on the router also and wait for its power cycle to complete.
5. Turn on your computer afterwards and wait for Windows to load. When done, you should see the Power, Wireless and Ethernet lights lit up on the router. When done, insert the Netgear router setup disk in the drive of your computer. For the web-based method, skip to the step number 8.
6. Once the installation media has been detected, Windows will automatically launch a Netgear Welcome screen. Click the Router Setup option. Follow rest of the on-screen instructions and complete the installation of your Netgear router.
7. Make sure that you provide all the required details and make a note of them during the setup procedure. These details include wireless network name (SSID), security key, router’s login details etc.
8. When finished and if required, restart your computer. You can now begin to connect to your wireless network and do miscellaneous things. If you want to quickly skip to the home network setup and configurations, launch your web browser after booting up all the devices.
9. Type ‘’ in the address bar of your browser and hit Enter. Provide the router’s username and password if prompted. Since you are setting up your router for the first time, the interface will direct you to the Netgear setup screen.
10. You can now set up your home wireless network, create a custom password, configure firewall of parental controls, or do miscellaneous things. Do not forget to make a note of the details for future use. (See Also how to restore a Netgear router to factory defaults)

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How to Configure Netgear WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router

In my previous post, I wrote about default password for Netgear devices. In this post, I am going to walk you through the configuration procedure of the latest WNDR4500 Wireless N900 Dual-Band router. It’s an excellent device for wireless home network setup, fast Internet access over a DSL line, guest network setup, and USB storage among other things. Check the steps given below and configure your Netgear WNDR4500 router: (See Also Netgear router support)

1. Before you begin, make sure that you have your ISP’s login details viz. username and password to connect to the Internet on your Netgear router. Also keep the router’s username and password handy. You will find it on the Netgear router setup documentation or the bottom of the router.

2. Connect your router to your DSL modem and to the computer using Ethernet cables.  Refer to the Netgear documentation if you need assistance making the connection. When connected, turn on your Netgear router, computer, and the modem and wait till they boot up.

3. When done, insert the Netgear installation disk and follow the on-screen instructions (self-explanatory). Since you are setting up your router for the first time, you might Network Genie, an auto assistant to help you perform the setup and various other features.

4. It’ll take about 15 minutes or so to complete the installation. Once you have completed the setup and connected to the Internet, your router check for all the latest, available updates. Wait while all the updates are duly installed.

5. When done, reboot your router and other devices and connect to the wireless network or set up guest network etc. If you immediately want to configure your settings without the installation disk, open your web browser and type ‘’ in the address bar and hit Enter.

6. When prompted, enter your router’s default login details and click OK or Submit whichever you see on the screen to proceed. Now configure your settings as desired. You can set up a custom password, wireless network or miscellaneous settings for your home network. (See Also how to configure Linksys E1200 Wireless router)

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How to Reset Netgear Router’s Password on a Mac Computer

Need help resetting password of your Netgear device on your Mac computer? You may want to reset your password for security reasons or because it has been misplaced or forgotten. Well, whatever the reason is, the problem is there. Don’t worry! Check the below mentioned tips and reset your Netgear device’s password. (See Also Reset Wireless Network's Password)

Resetting password when you have access to your existing password:

1: Connect you Mac computer to your Netgear wireless router using the Ethernet cable. Plug its one end into the computer and run the other end into the back of the router into any of the 4 ports. Disconnect the modem if it is connected in between.

2: When done, open Safari or whichever web browser you use. Type ‘’ in the address bar and hit Enter. When prompted, enter your username and password and click OK. The default username and password for a Netgear router is ‘admin’ and ‘1234’ respectively (may vary as per router’s model) unless you have changed. If you set up a custom password, enter that. (See Also Default Password for Netgear Devices)

3: When logged in, click Set Password under Maintenance in the left hand side. Type the existing password, new one in the respective boxes. Retype to confirm the password. If needed, review your passwords to ensure that there is no typing mistake.

4: Click the Apply button to save changes. Your password is now changed successfully. You must make a note of the password for future use. You will enter this password next time you will log in to the router. Exit the setup screen. Disconnect the Ethernet cable, reconnect your modem, and connect to your wireless network again.

Resetting password when you have lost or forgotten the existing password:

1: Unfortunately, it is impossible to recover a forgotten or lost password from the router. In this case, you must hard reset your Netgear router to restore it to the factory defaults. Disconnect the devices connected to the router.

2: Take a sharp, thin paperclip or pen and push it in the Reset button hole located at the back of the device. Press the button, hold it for around 10 seconds, and then release it. Wait until the router completes rebooting. (See Also how to reset Netgear router to facotry settings)
3: When done, reconnect the devices like computer and modem and power cycle them. Wait until the devices have fully rebooted. Now open Safari and type ‘’. Hit Enter. When prompted, enter default username and password that came with the router docs. When logged in, reset the password as desired (see above for password reset procedure)

***You must check your router manual before entering anything as username and/or password. (See Also Default Password for Netgear Devices) If you still can’t get past the login problem, contact Netgear router support.

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