Netgear routers are usually very easy to configure with your existing broadband internet connection, regardless of whether it’s DSL or cable. Before you get started installing your router, you might want to have details about your connection such as internet username and password (if applicable) available for reference.
This process should start with your PC and broadband modem turned off or unplugged. At the computer, disconnect the network cable that comes from your broadband modem and connect it to the “Internet" jack on your router. As an alternative, you can replace it with the yellow cable that came with your Netgear router. Next, connect one end of a network cable to port 1 on the router and the other end to your computer.
Apply power to your broadband modem and wait for a few minutes to let it start up all the way. Next, plug in your Netgear router to turn it on. When your router is booted, you will see the LEDs for the power and wireless lit. Now that the modem and router are both on, start up the PC.
Put the Netgear CDROM into your CD drive. If the Netgear setup doesn’t begin automatically, you will have to browse to your CD drive in Windows and click Autorun to start setup. At the Netgear menu, click the “Setup" option. Netgear’s SmartWizard will guide you through the setup.
If you have a computer with an operating system such as Linux that is not compatible with the SmartWizard on the Netgear CD, you can open an Internet browser and go to http://www.routerlogin.net to run the setup wizard from the router. Log in with the default username (“admin") and default password (“password").