Router Netgear WNDR4300

Here you find how to configure and reset Netgear WNDR4300 Router.

Netgear WNDR4300

Preconfigured wireless settings

SSID:
On a sticker on the router’s case
Password:
On a sticker on the router’s case

Accessing your router's configuration interface

To connect to your router's web interface, follow these steps:

  1. Switch on router
  2. Set up a connection between the device and the router via Wi-Fi* or network cable
  3. Open web browser
  4. Enter IP address or URL in the address bar and then confirm with ‘Enter’ key
  5. Enter username and password in the open user interface and confirm again

Reset Netgear WNDR4300 router to factory defaults

To reset the Netgear WNDR4300 to its default settings, you have to do the following steps:

  1. Put router into operation
  2. Press Restore Factory Settings button and hold for at least 5 seconds
  3. Device is automatically restarted
  4. Router has been reset to factory settings

The unit will reboot automatically. Once the power light stops blinking, the unit has been reset and is ready to use. Resetting the router does not reset the firmware to an earlier version, but it will change all settings back to factory defaults.

Netgear WNDR4300 Router Security

Change Netgear WNDR4300 Default Wifi Name (SSID)

Rename your Netgear WNDR4300 Default Wifi Name (SSID). Some Netgear routers come with default network names (with the name of the manufacturer). We recommend to use a different name because a default name unnecessarily identifies the make of your router, making it easier for attackers to break in.

Change Netgear WNDR4300 Default Password

It’s easy for a hacker to find out the manufacturer’s default password for your Netgear WNDR4300 router and then use that password to access your wireless network. So it’s wise to change the administrator password for your Netgear WNDR4300 router. When you’re deciding on your new password, try to pick a complex series of numbers and letters and try to avoid using a password that can be guessed easily.

MAC Address filtering for Netgear WNDR4300 router

MAC filtering allows you to limit access to your Netgear WNDR4300 router. To enable this feature, enter into your Netgear WNDR4300 router the 12-character MAC ID of each computer that will connect to your network. Be sure to update this information if you add or remove devices.

Disabling Broadcast SSID for Netgear WNDR4300 router

Netgear WNDR4300 router transmits your Wi-Fi network ID (the so-called SSID) to everyone. This may be changed at will by unchecking the corresponding box in the settings. Then your network will not be so easily hacked. However, as a compromise, you will have to enter the SSID every time that you connect a device to the network. This step is not mandatory.

MAC Address filtering for Netgear WNDR4300 router

MAC filtering allows you to limit access to your Netgear WNDR4300 router. To enable this feature, enter into your Netgear WNDR4300 router the 12-character MAC ID of each computer that will connect to your network. Be sure to update this information if you add or remove devices.

Where are you placing the Netgear WNDR4300 router in the house?

You wouldn’t think about this at first, but where you place your Netgear WNDR4300 also has a bearing on your security.

Place the Netgear WNDR4300 router as close as possible to the middle of your house. The first benefit is that all the rooms in your house have the same access to the Internet. The second benefit is that you don’t want to have your wireless signal range reach too much outside your house, where it can be easily intercepted by cybercriminals.

For this reason, don’t place your Netgear WNDR4300 router next to a window, since there’s nothing to obstruct the signal going outside your house.