How to Remove the Password for Netgear Routers

Updated March 23, 2017

Your Netgear wireless router gives you the option to place a secure password on the device that will only allow authorised access to your computer network and/or Internet connection. While adding a password to protect your network will help keep unauthorised users from accessing your network, you may wish to remove the network access password in order to provide an open Wi-Fi hot spot in your home or business. Wi-Fi hotspots are a popular option for attracting customers to your business, and they can offer convenience within the home if security concerns are minimal.

Turn on the network connected computer and open your Internet browser. Type "" or "" (without quotes) into your Internet browser's address bar and press "Enter."

Enter your username and password when the security dialogue box appears. If you have not changed the default administrator username/password, to access your router settings, type in "admin" for the username and "password" for the password. (Older routers may use "1234" as the default password).

Click on the "Wireless Settings" button, located on the left-hand side of the Netgear administration menu, from the "Setup" section.

Select "None" under the "Security Options" options menu and click "Apply" for the changes to take effect.

Things You'll Need

  • Network-connected computer
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