The Netgear Wi-Fi routers are known for high performance and work really well with all wireless devices. In case, you want to connect your Netgear router to the broadband internet connection, even that you can easily do with the help of the Smart Wizard user interface provided by the Netgear itself.
Connect Netgear Router to Cable Modem
Working with devices
To configure your router for the cable internet connection, you need to work with your
- Netgear Router
- Broadband Modem
Let’s see how to get the device infrastructure ready for this setup:
- Connect your Netgear router and the broadband modem through internet port.
- Now connect your computer to the modem via inserting the cable in any of the available 4 LAN ports at the back side of the Netgear Router.
- Once you set up all the connection restart all the devices involved and wait until they get rebooted and get ready to be used.
Logging in Netgear Router’s Portal
Once all devices are ready to use, you need to now login into Netgear router’s universal portal, which is actually introduced to give easy and hands-on assistant to set up various Netgear devices. Following let’s see how to work with it:
- Open your browser and go to the Netgear IP address http://192.168.0.1 or http://192.168.1.1, whichever works for you.
- The home page will open with a login window.
- Here you need to punch the default login values if you haven’t changed these before.
- The default login values are:
- Username: “admin”
- Password: “password”
- Make sure you type the correct spellings as the values are case sensitive.
- Hit the “login” button, and you will be seeing the dashboard.
Working with “Setup Wizard”
Now here is the technical part which will allow you to configure your Netgear router for the cable internet connection.
- Once you are logged into the account. In the left panel, you will see the option “Setup Wizard”.
- Click on the “Setup Wizard” and you will see the setup wizard screen asking to detect your network connection type at its own.
- Allow the “Smart Setup Wizard” to detect the connection type by selecting the “Yes” option.
- Click “Next”.
- For cable connection, it will detect the “Dynamic IP” and will display on the screen, click on “Next” button in this screen.
- You need not change any setting until you have got DNS information from your broadband service provider for its configuration.
- Click “Apply” to save all the settings.
To check the status
After performing all the required steps if you want to cross check your efforts, do the following:
In the Left panel, you will see the “Router status” option under the “Maintenance” section.
- Click on the “Router Status”.
- This will show the entire configuration chart of your router.
- In the IP field if you could see the valid IP address that means your router is connected to the broadband modem.
- In case the IP address field shows “NO” or “0.0.0.0” values, that means there is some problem. And your router is not yet connected to the cable internet connection.
When your router is connected to the broadband modem but you can’t access the internet.
In case you think, your router is well connected to the broadband modem but not accessing the internet, you may check with following troubleshooting tricks:
Check the wired connection
Check if all devices are connected properly through wires. You should not be using any cracked wire be it an Ethernet cable or a power supply cable.
Power Cycle your home network
This includes rebooting of all the devices in your network. Most of the time power recycling resolves the issues. Just turn off all the devices and again Power on after an interval of a few seconds only.
Check for the latest firmware
Make sure you always work with the latest firmware, check if an updated version of firmware is available.
- Go to http://downloadcenter.netgear.com.
- Download if any latest firmware of router is available.
- After downloading you may upgrade your router manually.
Reset your router
If nothing worked, once last chance to be taken before reaching a Netgear router technician is to “Reset Router to Factory Default Settings”.
How to Reset Router?
- There is a “Reset” or “Restore Factory Settings” button, at the back side of your modem. In some models, it is located in the side of the modem.
- It’s quite tiny in size, so you need to choose any pointed thing to press it like a paper clip or a pointed pen.
- Press and hold the button for at least 7-8 seconds.
- Now release the button.
- Now you wait until the router restores the factory settings on its own.
- It will reboot and gets ready to work again with a green stable light on Power LED as an indicator.
Unfortunately, if nothing helped you, then you should better ask for an expert’s assistance by contacting Netgear router customer support team.