How to Change the Channel of a Netgear Modem

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How to Change the Channel of a Netgear Modem
The Netgear modem can experience disrupted service if the channel interferes with other electronic devices. (cable modem image by IKO from

A Netgear modem comes with a default channel, which can sometimes interfere with other devices set on the same channel (such as cell phones). If you are having problems with your modem, such as interference or disrupted connections, you can try to change the channel on the Netgear modem and see if that helps the problem. You will need to know the modem's IP address, and from there, you can access any of the setting controls on the modem, including the channel function.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Open up a Web browser window and type the IP address of the modem into the address bar. The default address is A popup box will ask you to provide a username and password.

  2. 2

    Type "admin" in the username field and "password" in the password field. Press "Enter" when you are done. This will bring up the settings window.

  3. 3

    Select the "Wireless" tab.

  4. 4

    Hit "Configure" and look for the "Interface Enabled" box. This should have a checkmark in it.

  5. 5

    Find the "Channel Settings" area. Choose "Manual" under the settings, and then pick your new channel from the drop-down box.

  6. 6

    Hit "Apply" to save your settings. Close the browser window.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to change the router's channel settings to match your modem's.

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