NETGEAR N150 WNR1000 Wireless Router
The wireless router is easy to set up. Simply connect the Internet cable to the WAN port of the wireless router, and power adapter and you’re done. To access the router’s configuration menu, you can either connect via wirelessly (look for NETGEAR SSID) or via a LAN cable. The latter is more advisable as the router will need to reboot after you have made any necessary changes to the configurations and settings, and after it reboots, you will have to reconnect to the router if you were doing so via wireless.
To access the router’s configuration menu via web browser, simply go to the URL address http://www.routerlogin.net/ (or http://10.0.0.1/). When prompted for username and password, key in “admin” for the username field and “password” for the password ield. (You can change the default username and password to a more secured one within the configuration menu and it is highly advisable to do this).
Upon reaching the router configuration menu, the N150 WNR1000 will first check for any firmware upgrade automatically. When it has confirmed the firmware is the latest, then you are allowed to proceed to change the settings.
If you looked at the screenshot, there are window panels – on the left is the menu, the centre shows the various settings available as per the choice from the menu, while on the right is the explanation for the corresponding settings.
At the router status screen, you can find out details of the router and your connection including firmware version, mac address, and the wireless information (SSID, Channel, Mode etc).
We go into the Wireless settings which allow you to set the SSID, Region, Channel, Mode (up to 150Mbps) and the wireless security – WEP, WPA-PSK (TKIP), WPA2-PSK (AES), WPA-PSK (TKIP)+WPA2-PSK(AES). If you are unsure of what each setting does, you can refer to explanation on the right window panel, or the user’s manual included on the CD.
One unique feature of the N150 WNR1000 wireless router is the Push ‘N’ Connect (WPS) . If your wireless clients support Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), you can use the feature to configure the router’s SSID and security settings, connect the wireless client securely and easily to the router.
WPS can automatically configure the SSID and wireless security settings for the router (if the router is in its default state) and broadcasts these settings to the wireless client. And if the router has already been configured with either WPS-PSK or WPA2-PSK security, a wireless client can be connected quickly by using the WPS method of connecting to the wireless network. The router will keep its existing wireless settings and broadcasts them to the WPS-capable client.