Would you like to configure and manage Netgear home router graphically using a simple application? Then, it is now possible with a authentic desktop application called Netgear Genie. No worries if you have Windows or MAC operating system. This works perfect with both the platforms. Using this Netgear Genie desktop application, even the non-techie person can control & manage the home network from changing SSID to terminating non-authenticated users. You can even diagnosis the network connection in case if the home routers acts weird. The wow factor of Netgear Genie was, it is available for free of cost and can be downloaded from Netgear website.
Note: It is must to have latest firmware installed on Netgear Router in order to use Netgear Genie software. Not all the features are supported if you have old firmware.
The main thing to use this Netgear Genie desktop application is that, a user can control everything directly from the desktop from a simple graphical dashboard. So, what all you can do?
Here are the things at a glance.
You can perform a speed test
Can create a separate Guest Network for friends
Can control the authentication like changing SSID and Password of Wifi Network.
Can setup Parental controls with ease
Can view a graphical map of connected devices to your Network
Let us give some brief intro of all the features that were mentioned above. You can even control the same using Genie Mobile App.
Now using Netgear Genie, a broadband user can check the speed given by ISP directly from the application. This will check how fast the PC receives packets from Internet and can measure the speed threshold by the ISP.
This particular feature is router dependent. Your Netgear Router should support this feature in order to create guest account within Netgear Genie. The primary motive of guest network is to minimize the access to the content that was shared within the same network. To enable this, go to “Router Settings” then “Guest Access”. In order to change any settings later, just hit “Modify” and the corresponding changes will be reflected instantly.
This is one of the most awesome feature that we should mention with Netgear Genie app. 90 out of 100 will face this issue while logging into router dashboard to change or modify the wireless settings. Using wireless settings option within Netgear Genie we can solve this.
With the help of this feature, you will be allowed to change SSID name followed by Wifi password. Test it out. To enable this feature, navigate through “Router settings” then “Wireless settings”. Modifying any changes later can breakdown the Internet connection and you will need to reconnect to the network with modified details.
This is something most of the parents are looking for. To enable it, navigate through “Parental Control” option and follow the onscreen instructions by creating OpenDNS account.
Network administrator can view all the connected clients graphically. This window will look exactly like the below screen. Green line in the map represents the strong connection and Red represents failed connection. To get the alert of newly connected client, just select “Notify me of new devices that connect to my network”.
Genie Network Map
There are many other tools available with this awesome piece of software Netgear Genie. We recommend you to go through it once by installing the same on desktop PC. If you feel okay, then stick with it or else follow the procedure of configuring Netgear Router to enable Wifi manually. Let us know through comment section if you have any issues while using Netgear Genie desktop application.