Router Netgear WNR2020

Here you find how to configure and reset Netgear WNR2020 Router.

Netgear WNR2020

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. Put router into operation
  2. Connect the device via Wi-Fi* or a network cable with the router
  3. Open browser
  4. Enter IP address or URL in the address line and confirm with ‘Enter’ button
  5. Enter username as well as password in the login form and confirm

Reset Netgear WNR2020 router to factory defaults

To reset the Netgear WNR2020 to its default settings, you have to do the following steps:

  1. Switch on router
  2. Press WPS/Reset button and hold for at least 4 seconds
  3. Restart of the device is automatically executed
  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 WNR2020 Router Security

Change Netgear WNR2020 Default Wifi Name (SSID)

Rename your Netgear WNR2020 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 WNR2020 Default Password

It’s easy for a hacker to find out the manufacturer’s default password for your Netgear WNR2020 router and then use that password to access your wireless network. So it’s wise to change the administrator password for your Netgear WNR2020 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 WNR2020 router

MAC filtering allows you to limit access to your Netgear WNR2020 router. To enable this feature, enter into your Netgear WNR2020 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 WNR2020 router

Netgear WNR2020 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 WNR2020 router

MAC filtering allows you to limit access to your Netgear WNR2020 router. To enable this feature, enter into your Netgear WNR2020 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 WNR2020 router in the house?

You wouldn’t think about this at first, but where you place your Netgear WNR2020 also has a bearing on your security.

Place the Netgear WNR2020 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 WNR2020 router next to a window, since there’s nothing to obstruct the signal going outside your house.