Netgear N300 Wireless Router overview

Updated 5/26/2016 2:09:23 AM by Comcast Expert
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Introduction

Comcast Business recognizes that customers increasingly demand a secure and private WiFi solution to satisfy the business’ internal wireless networking needs. To meet this need, Comcast Business offers a Netgear N300 Wireless Router (Model No. WNR2000) that can be connected to your Comcast Business Internet Gateway.

Note: This article applies to the Netgear N300 wireless router. Information on the Cisco Business Wireless gateway device can be found here.

Front panel
Back panel
Label
Configurations
Factory settings
Technical specifications
Common questions
  1. Front panel

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    The router front panel has the following status LEDs and buttons:

    Power • Solid amber - The unit is starting up after being powered on.
    • Solid green - The power is on, and the router is ready.
    • Blinking amber - A firmware update is in progress.
    • Blinking green - The firmware is corrupt.
    • Off - Power is not supplied to the router.
    Internet • Solid amber - The IP address has not been acquired.
    • Solid green - An IP address has been received; ready to transmit data.
    • Off - No ethernet cable is connected between the router and the modem.
    Wireless • Solid blue - The wireless radio is operating.
    • Off - The wireless radio is off.
    LAN ports 1-4 • Solid green - The LAN port has detected a 100 Mbps link with an attached device.
    • Solid amber - The LAN port has detected a 10 Mbps link with an attached device.
    • Off - No link is detected on the LAN port.
    WPS • Solid green - Indicates that wireless security is enabled.
    • Blinking green - The router is attempting to use WPS to add a wireless device or computer to the wireless network.
    • Blinking green rapidly for about 5 seconds - WPS has failed to add a wireless device or computer.
    • Blinking green rapidly and continuously - The router is stuck in the temporary AP setup locked state.
    • Off - No WPS connection exists.

  2. Back panel

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    The back panel has the following buttons, ports and connector:

    WiFi On/Off button Turns the wireless radio in the router on or off.
    Restore Factory Settings button Press and hold this button for about 7 seconds to reset the router to its factory default settings.
    LAN ports Four local area network (LAN) 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports for connecting.
    Internet port Ethernet port for connecting the router to a cable broadband modem or DSL broadband modem. The Internet port is also referred to as the WAN port.
    AC power connector AC power connector to connect the power adapter to the router.
    Power On/Off button Turns the router on or off.

  3. Label

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    The label on the back panel of the router shows the default login information, default WiFi network name (SSID), network key (also referred to as wireless network password or passphrase), serial number, MAC address and other information.

  4. Configurations

    The Netgear wireless router can be set up in one of two ways: AP mode or NAT over NAT.

    AP Mode requires an additional step of enabling AP mode, and provides seamless access to internal resources:

    Provide a seamless network with all devices in the same IP range

    Network printers:

    Network printers previously installed on a computer will continue to work.

    If attempting to add a new network printer on a wireless computer, the printer will be discoverable.

    Setting up the WNR2000 as an Access Point (AP mode):

    Select Advanced-Advanced Setup-Click Wireless AP

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    NAT over NAT provides a simple solution to get to the internet for employees. It does not grant seamless access to the business' internal network. If factory reset, the device will default to NAT over NAT.

    Will no longer be available as mapped network drives.

    The resource will be available by IP address, but not by hostname.

    Network printers previously installed on a computer will continue to work.

    If attempting to add a new network printer on a wireless computer, the printer will not be discoverable.

    • This is considered a private network in that it is separate from the Xfinity WiFi hotspot.

    • This will not provide a seamless network as there will be two separate IP ranges.

    • Network shares:

    • Network printers:

  5. Factory settings

    If a you factory-reset the router, it will return to the factory configuration settings below:

    Router login User login URL www.routerlogin.com or www.routerlogin.net
      User Name (case-sensitive) Admin
      Login password (case sensitive) Password
    Internet connection WAN MAC address Use default hardware address
      WAN MTU size 1500
      Port Speed Autosensing
    Local Area Network (LAN) LAN IP 192.168.1.1
      Subnet mask 255.255.255.0
      DHCP server Enabled
      DHCP range 192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.254
      Time zone United States is Pacific time; otherwise, varies by region
      Time zone daylight saving time Disabled
    Wireless Wireless communication Enabled
      SSID Name Preset. See router label.
      Network key (passphrase) Preset. See router label.
      Broadcast SSID Enabled
      Transmission Speed Auto
      Country/Region United States
      RF Channel Auto
      Operating Mode Up to 150 Mbps
      20/40 MHz coexistence Enabled
      Data rate Best
      Output power Full

     

  6. Technical specifications

    Data routing protocols TCP/IP, RIP-1, RIP-2, DHCP, PPPoE, PPTP, Bigpond, Dynamic DNS, UPnP, and SMB
    Power adapter 120V, 60 Hz, input 12V DC @ 1A, output
    Dimensions 178 x 130 x 54 mm (7 x 5.1 x 2.1 in.)
    Weight 0.28 kg (0.62 lb)
    Operating temperature 0to 40 C (32 to 104 F)
    Operating humidity 90% maximum relative humidity, noncondensing
    Electromagnetic Emissions FCC Part 15 Class B VCCI Class B EN 55 022 (CISPR 22), Class B C_Tick N 10947
    LAN 10BASE-T ot 100 BASE-Tx, RJ-5
    WAN 10BASE-T ot 100 BASE-Tx, RJ-5
    Wireless Maximum wireless signal rate complies with the IEEE 802.11 standard
    Radio data rates Auto Rate Sensing
    Data encoding standards IEEE 802.11n version 2.0 IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b 2.4 GHz
    Maximum computers per wireless network Limited by the amount of wireless network traffic generated by each node (typically 50-70 nodes)
    Operating frequency range 2.4122.462 GHz (US)
    802.11 security WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK + WPA2-PSK mixed mode, WPA/WPA2 Enterprise

Common questions about the Netgear N300 Wireless Router

Can I change the router login username to something other than "admin"?

No, the router login username cannot be changed.

How do I log into my router?

To log into a Netgear router, in your web browser, navigate to the router login page:

http://www.routerlogin.net or http://www.routerlogin.com

http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1

Note: You can usually find the login URL on a sticker on the bottom or back of the router.

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How do I change my router password?

Log into your router and select Advanced, then select the Administration section on the left-hand menu. Select Set Password, then enter the old and new password, then confirm the new password. Select the Apply button to save your change.

How do I secure my network?

  1. Log into your router

  2. From the left-hand menu, select Wireless Settings from the Set Up section.

  3. In the Name (SSID) field, enter the network name you want to use.

  4. Under Security Options, select a security encryption level. WPA-PSK + WPA2-PSK offers the best protection.

  5. In the Passphrase field, enter your chosen network password.

  6. Select the Apply button to save your changes.

How do I change or reset my wireless network password?

Log into your router using the "How do I log into my router?" instructions above. From the left-hand menu, select Wireless Settings from the Set Up section. Enter a new wireless network password into the Passphrase field under your security selection and select the Apply button to save your changes.

How do I set up an unsecured or open wireless network? (or) How do I remove the wireless network password so anyone can access my network?

Note: Removing the wireless network password will leave your network unsecured and vulnerable to users with malicious intent. It is not recommend to leave your network unsecured; you do so at your own risk.

How do I reset my router to factory defaults?

To reset your router to factory defaults, use a pen or paperclip to press and hold the Reset button for approximately 10 seconds until the Test light blinks. Release the button and wait for the router to reboot. Factory-resetting the router will remove all custom settings that may have been configured on the device, including AP mode.

How many computers or devices can be connected wirelessly to a router at the same time?

Any number of devices can be connected wirelessly to the router; however, performance might noticeably decrease with each additional device. Three to five devices should be able to use the same wireless connection without a noticeable decrease in network responsiveness.

How does Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS work?

Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS allows you to filter web content. You can block more than 50 different categories of sites for everyone connected to the Internet through your Netgear router or customize blocking for individuals.

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