Installation Setup Guide | | Genie App – Guide is the alternative that you can use on any web browser, to login to the local settings page of the router, instead of you going through the hassle of finding your default gateway IP. You can login to the settings of your router by opening on any device that is connected the netgear router. This page enables us to configure and setup the router during the initial setup wizard. We can access the page anytime we want to configure or change the settings of the router. is the address that takes the user to router settings page, to have access to the settings however, you must be familiar with administrative credentials the default values of which are mentioned on the router label, or you can set your own password during the initial setup takes us to the web interface provided by netgear which allows us to display and change the router’s settings.

NETGEAR Smart Genie Setup

Netgear smart genie setup is the tool introduced by netgear which makes it easy for the user to setup and configure the device according to their needs during the initial setup. Smart genie setup is the wizard that runs on when we try to access the internet over a netgear device on which the network hasn’t been set up. The setup wizard can also be run later, at one’s convenience. The smart setup gives the user information about the network is that will be setup once the wizard completes. The users can select the operation mode of the router, according to their needs.

What is NETGEAR Genie?

Netgear genie is the built-in web interface on netgear products. It is application which allows to monitor and control the network. Netgear genie gives the users an unambiguous view of the existing settings of the router, the user can change these settings to suit their requirements. Once you open and enter your password, you will see the netgear genie interface where you can check the basic and advanced settings of the router.

NETGEAR Router Setup

Netgear routers are the one the best routers in the market, and hold a considerable chunk of the networking equipment market. The routers are extremely effective and the initial setup process is easier than most. Netgear router setup has been made very easy by introduction of netgear genie smart wizard and the interface for the routers is so simple yet convenient that configuration of routers can also be done by first time users.

Prerequisites for setting up a new router:

  • Make sure the ISP is providing you an internet connection
  • Gather all the required hardware to switch on and connect the router to the internet
  • Ensure that the cables that you are using are in good condition and don’t get disconnected often
  • Check for power in the power source that you’ll be using, It is recommended that you plug the power cable directly into the wall socket, remove any surge protectors if present

To set up the the router initially or after a reset, follow these steps:

  • Power off your internet modem for 5 minutes before starting the setup.
  • Switch on the isp modem wait for it to boot up completely.
  • Once the modem is on, connect an ethernet cord into the internet slot of your router.
  • Switch on the router, and wait for the light status to be steady.
  • Connect to your router through an ethernet cable, or using the default network name.
  • Once connected, open a web browser.
  • Head over to the router’s IP address or log on to
  • You will see the initial setup wizard, follow the simple on-screen instructions.
  • Netgear router will first detect if there is an existing router in your network.
  • It will then check the available internet connection.
  • The netgear setup wizard will guide you through the settings of the router.
  • You will be an option to set and administrative password on your router, it will also ask a couple of security question to make it easier to recover the router password if lost.
  • You will given option to choose the operation mode of the router and also view other settings.
  • The netgear smart wizard will also show you the default credentials for the router which you can use to connect other devices.
  • Netgear genie wizard also offers you to install a few application like readyshare and genie app, these applications make this already simple process simpler.
  • The wizard ends with giving you a choice to create a netgear account, you can choose to decline if you want.
  • These settings can be changed anytime later at the user’s convenience.

NETGEAR Router Login

The user can log in to the router’s web interface to display and change the settings of the netgear router. The router’s password is set during the initial setup wizard, using this password we can log in to it.

  • Look for your router’s IP address under the status of the active network connection or under network preferences for mac.
  • On any web browser, open the IP address or
  • The netgear genie page will open if the correct address has been entered.
  • The web interface will ask for your password.
  • Once you type in the password and hit ok, you will be able to login to your router’s settings.

How to access webpage? is the page that displays the router’s web interface for your netgear router. To have access to this page, follow these steps:

  • Make sure the router whose settings you want to access is switched on
  • Also ensure that the device on which you’re trying to access the settings is connected the network from your netgear device
  • Run any web browser, on the address bar, type in, and open up the website
  • Netgear genie will ask for the admin password to login

Can’t access

The is the page that takes us to the settings of the router that we are using. This page should open up even without an internet connection on the device that you’re using. To access the page the page follow these steps:

  • Check if you’re connected to the netgear device in question
  • Once the connection is verified, look for the lights on the router, if you see amber/red lights on the router, there is some problem with the router itself
  • If all the lights are steady and green/white, open your preferred web browser to access the settings
  • Open the website to have access to the settings of the router
  • If this does not work, look for router’s IP address and try putting that in, in the web browser
  • If the page doesn’t show up yet, try rebooting the router
  • Perform the same steps after reboot
  • If you don’t find any luck after the reboot, try to reset the router
Quick Tip :

How to reset netgear router?

To reset the router you can press and hold the reset button on it. The router will reboot after the reset is complete.

How to change Router Login Password

The default gateway IP address with most routers is Using this IP you can have access to your router’s web interface. Netgear routers have a built in security system which allows only authorised users to have access to the settings. The user has to fill in their authentication information which is the password for the router. The default login details can be found on the router’s label itself.

To change the administrative password, you have to login the router settings using the existing password first. To change the password for the router follow these steps:

  • Open the router login page using or the default gateway IP address
  • Log in to the admin account using the current password
  • The netgear genie page will open up for you.
  • Open the Advanced tab and click on administration
  • Select the router password option
  • Enter the existing the password on the field that is labeled as old password
  • Type in the new password twice to confirm
  • You can also change your saved security questions over here
  • Click on apply to save the settings on the router
  • The router will save and apply the new settings. Login using your new credentials

NETGEAR Firmware

Netgear devices have built-in firmware which gives instructions to the hardware for optimal functioning. The firmware also helps in providing a user interface, which helps the user to configure and save the settings on the router according to their own requirements. The firmware is also responsible for the security services on the router, so it is recommended that you upgrade the router firmware as soon as the new version is released. Most router’s can automatically upgrade the firmware on their own. The new firmware version contain new security features, any possible bug fixes from the last firmware version as well as new interface features sometimes.

Netgear Firmware Update

Methods to update NETGEAR Firmware

The Netgear router should be updated whenever a firmware version is available. Most routers can automatically check for new firmware upgrades and install the updates that are found. In case you want to download the latest firmware and install it, you also have options for that. You can upgrade the router’s firmware using any of these methods:

Using Netgear genie to detect and install the firmware

  • Login to Netgear genie page using your admin password
  • Open the Advanced settings, under administrator settings click on router update
  • The current firmware will be displayed on the screen
  • Click on check to look for router updates
  • If any new firmware upgrade is found, the router begin the download and installation
  • Do not reset, or turn off the router during this process
  • The router will restart to complete the process of installation

Manually download and install the firmware on the device

  • From you router label, confirm the device model of your router

Note: Only install a firmware that is compatible with your device hardware and location, or the device could get permanently damaged

  • Head to the support site for netgear,, and enter your model number
  • Under the download option look for the latest firmware version that is available, and download the .zip file
  • Uncompress the files from the zip file
  • Login to your router settings and open the advanced settings
  • Click on Administrative settings and open router update
  • Click on browse and look for the disc part file that decompressed in your local directory
  • Select the file and click upload
  • The firmware will be uploaded to the router, the router will take a couple of minutes to install the firmware
  • Make sure you do not reset or power down the device during this time
  • The router will reboot after the installation to verify the new firmware version

Steps to update the Netgear Router’s Firmware by using the Check button in router web Interface

The Netgear router releases the updation from time to time to improve the performance of the Netgear router and enhance the security of the router. To access the login setup page of the Netgear router the user will need to access the official web address of the router The following are the steps to check the Firmware update of the Netgear router:

  • Go to the internet browser into the devices that connected the router. Open the internet browser of your choice. The system recommended that the user will connect the router by using the Ethernet cable to update the firmware of the Netgear router.
  • Type the web address of the to the address bar of the router.
  • The login setup page of the Netgear router will appear on the screen. Here you can the username and the password of the Netgear router. Keep these on mint that the admin default username and the password is a must in a case sensitive format.
  • Then go to the Advanced settings>Administration Settings option.
  • Here you can select the firmware update and the Router option.
  • In these, if you see any firmware update available then click on the Yes button to proceed further.

Netgear routers are needed to be physically setup and then logged in by the user. The use must login so that the user can configure their network with the help of admin login page. Netgear router setup and login is required so that the user can block any unauthorized user from accessing their network.

Here, we will provide the detailed instructions to setup and login to the Netgear AC1600-Smart Wi-Fi router Model: R6260

  • Connect the Ethernet cable from the modem to the WAN port located at the back of the Netgear router.
  • Now, connect the Ethernet cable from desktop computer to any of the four internet ports of the Netgear router.
  • Reboot all the devices and wait for the devices to finish booting up.
  • Open the internet browser from the same device that is connected to the Netgear router and type in the address bar. Press enter.
  • The user will see a router admin login page where the user will need to enter the credentials regarding their router. The default username is “admin” and the default password is “password” for most of the Netgear routers. The default credentials are case sensitive.
  • Once the user has successfully logged in to the router, the Setup Wizard will appear. The Wizard will try to detect the type of internet connection that the user will have.
  • For all the wired connections, the Setup Wizard will detect the connection as Dynamic IP.
  • Once the Wizard has detected the connection, the router will have been logged in successfully.

Once the router has been setup and logged in by the user, the user can start using their router as they wish.

Troubleshooting steps to reset the AC1600-SMART WIFI ROUTER Model: R6260

  • Locate the Restore Factory Settings button at the back of the Netgear router. It will be placed inside a very small hole.
  • Using a pin, press and hold the reset button for about ten seconds. Release the button after ten seconds.
  • When the power light becomes green/white and stable, the router will have been restored back to its factory settings.

The user can start using their router after the reset process has been completed.

Take Note:

Do not remove the router from the power source as it can damage the firmware of the router.

Faqs – Updated 2019

​How to setup and login to your netgear router?

You can login to your netgear router by opening on any web browser.

Does NETGEAR Firmware help in NETGEAR Extender Setup?

Yes, installing new firmware can help resolve some connectivity issues between the router and the extender.

What is Netgear WiFi 6 ?

The NETGEAR® Nighthawk® 8-Stream AX6000 WiFi Router (RAX80) supports the new 802.11ax (also known as Wi-Fi 6WiFi. WiFI 6 enhances the multiple devices internet speed. You can connect as many devices you want.

When is there a need to reset the router?

You can reset the router in case the power light is flashing amber.

Is there a need to change the default username and password?

It is recommended that you change the default username and password for your router to add another layer of protection on your network settings.

How to upgrade the router firmware?

You can update the the router firmware by opening the advanced tab on netgear genie page, under the administrative settings there is an option to update the router

How to set up netgear router as access point?

Open the router settings, click advanced> advanced setup>wireless settings and check the Enable AP mode box and hit apply.

What can I do if I can’t access

You can find the correct IP address for the device you’re connected to opening network connection. Right click on the desired network and click Status>Details  and find your correct IP

How to change the default username and password on netgear router?

On the settings page of your router, click Advanced>Administration>Set Password

How to check for new firmware update using router’s web interface?

To look for new firmware for your router open the router settings and open
Advanced>Administration>Router Update