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Please Note:

WEP is an older wireless encryption protocol. While WEP can be used to safely encrypt wireless transmissions, if you have a Wireless N device such as a laptop with a newer wireless network card, you will not communicate with the router at the optimum speed available. WEP should only be used on a network if you have a dated computer, such as one with an operating system older than Windows XP Service pack 2. These older computers are not capable of associating with an access point that uses newer encryption protocols such as WPA. If you have computers that are all newer than Windows XP Service Pack 2, it is recommended that you set up WPA or WPA2 instead.

This walk through also assumes that the router's default IP address and administration user name and password are at defaults. If you have changed either of these, you will be unable to log into the router using this walk through.


  • First, open Internet Explorer or your preferred Internet browser.
  • Next, you will need to log in to the router. To do this, go to the address bar at the top of the page (the long white bar across the top of the screen which will contain the web address of whatever your home page is) and empty it by backspacing all text out of it.
  • Enter the router's host name which by default is accessible at http://routerlogin.net, or by IP address, which is by default set to Then press enter.
  • If everything is otherwise set up correctly, the browser should prompt you for a user name and a password. By default, for Netgear routers, the user name is admin and the password is password. Once you have that entered, press Enter on your keyboard, or click the OK button.
  • If the user name and password are accepted, the browser will load a Netgear Smart Wizard page. If the user name and password are not accepted, the user name and password have been changed. If you do not know this information, you will have to reset the router.
  • Next, click Wireless Settings on the left side of the Netgear Smart Wizard page. This will load a Wireless Settings page.
  • If security has not been configured on the router yet, None will be selected under Security Options. Change this to WEP. It will then reveal an option for a Passphrase, this will be the password that is the basis for the generated WEP keys. It can contain any type of character. Click the Generate button to generate your WEP keys. Write down Key1. This will be the password which is required to connect new wireless devices to the network.
  • Once you have written down your generated key, click Apply. The router will now apply the changes and restart. The progress will be shown on your screen. If you are on a laptop, you will need to reconnect to the wireless network during which you will be prompted for the key that was just set up. If the computer is a Windows 7 or Windows Vista based computer, you will have to remove the old network profile before attempting to reconnect to the router, or you will get an error saying The profile saved on this computer does not match the requirements of the network.
  • WEP Security should now be enabled on the router. You will need to enter this key into each wireless computer you add to the network. Wired systems do not require a network key to connect.