NETGEAR WNDR4500 Router Manual (Setup & Configuration)

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350 East Plumeria Drive
San Jose, CA 95134
USA
December 2011
202-10875-04
v1.0
N900 Wireless Dual Band
Gigabit Router WNDR4500
User Manual
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©2011 NETGEAR, Inc.
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Contents
Chapter 1
Hardware Setup
Unpack Your Router. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Position Your Router . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Hardware Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Front Panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Back Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Label. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Chapter 2
Getting Started with NETGEAR Genie
Router Setup Preparation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Use Standard TCP/IP Properties for DHCP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Gather ISP Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Wireless Devices and Security Settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Types of Logins and Access. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
NETGEAR Genie Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Use NETGEAR Genie after Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Upgrade Router Firmware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Router Dashboard (Basic Home Screen). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
Add Wireless Devices or Computers to Your Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Manual Method. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) Method . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Chapter 3
Genie Basic Settings
Internet Setup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Internet Setup Screen Fields . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Attached Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Parental Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
ReadySHARE USB Storage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Basic Wireless Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
Wireless Settings Screen Fields. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
Change WPA Security Option and Passphrase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
Guest Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
Guest Network Wireless Security Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
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Chapter 4
Genie Advanced Home
Setup Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
WPS Wizard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
Setup Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
WAN Setup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
Default DMZ Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
Change the MTU Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
LAN Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
LAN Setup Screen Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
Use the Router as a DHCP Server. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
Address Reservation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Quality of Service (QoS) Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
Chapter 5
USB Storage
USB Drive Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
ReadySHARE Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
File-Sharing Scenarios. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Basic Settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
Add or Edit a Network Folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48
USB Storage Advanced Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
Safely Remove a USB Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Media Server Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Specify Approved USB Devices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
Connect to the USB Drive from a Remote Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
Access the Router’s USB Drive Remotely Using FTP . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
Chapter 6
ReadySHARE Printer
ReadySHARE Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
USB Control Center Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
Control Center Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
USB Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Scan with a Multi-Function Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
USB Speaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
Desktop NETGEAR Genie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
Chapter 7
Security
Keyword Blocking of HTTP Traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
Block Services (Port Filtering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
Schedule Blocking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
Security Event Email Notifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
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Chapter 8
Administration
Upgrade the Router Firmware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71
View Router Status. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
Router Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
Internet Provider (WAN) Setup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
Wireless Settings (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
Guest Network (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
View Logs of Web Access or Attempted Web Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
Manage the Configuration File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
Back Up Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
Restore Configuration Settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
Erase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
Set Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
Password Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
Chapter 9
Advanced Settings
Advanced Wireless Settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
Wireless Repeating Function (WDS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82
Wireless Repeating Function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83
Set Up the Base Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84
Set Up a Repeater Unit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
Port Forwarding and Triggering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
Remote Computer Access Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
Port Triggering to Open Incoming Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
Port Forwarding to Permit External Host Communications . . . . . . . . . .88
How Port Forwarding Differs from Port Triggering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
Set Up Port Forwarding to Local Servers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90
Add a Custom Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91
Editing or Deleting a Port Forwarding Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92
Set Up Port Triggering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
Dynamic DNS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
Static Routes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
Remote Management. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
USB Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100
Universal Plug and Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100
IPv6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102
Traffic Meter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102