How to Set Up NetGear WAN

Setting up a Netgear WAN (Wide Area Network) involves connecting a Netgear wireless router to your modem to broadcast a signal called Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) that allows you to connect computers and other WI-FI enabled equipment to your wireless network. This gives you the ability to move around your home or office without being connected to wires and it also allows you to run the Internet with one modem instead of several modems.


Things You’ll Need

  • Ethernet cable

Follow These Steps

  • Turn the modem and Netgear router off by unplugging them. Routers can fail to connect to the Internet when plugged into a modem that is on, also known as “hot swapping.”
  • Remove the Ethernet cable from the Ethernet port located on the back of your computer. If the computer is currently not connected to the Internet, skip this step.
  • Inspect the Modem to ensure the other end of the Ethernet cable is plugged into the Ethernet port. If not plugged in, connect the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port.
  • Plug the other end of the cable into the WAN port located on the back of the Netgear router.
  • Turn on the modem and wait sixty-seconds until the modem full powers on. Turn on the Netgear router and wait until the “Wireless” light illuminates.
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