Finding the wireless network password on a NETGEAR router using Genie
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Finding the wireless network password on a NETGEAR router using Genie

How do I find or change the wireless network password on my NETGEAR router?


This article will guide you on how to view or change the wireless password/key/passphrase of your NETGEAR router.

This article applies to:

Newer NETGEAR routers with the Genie user interface that looks similar to one of the following:




For older NETGEAR wireless routers with a Smart Wizard user interface,



  • Lost or forgotten wireless network password (also called a wireless network key or passphrase).  
  • Looking for the wireless network security, key, or code
  • Connect device wirelessly to router
  • Check the wireless settings
  • Wireless device asking to "Enter the network security key"

On some newer NETGEAR Genie routers, the default wireless Network Key (password) can be found on a sticker on the unit:

If this is not working, then you might have changed the Network Key (password) from default.


  1. Using a computer that is connected to the router with an Ethernet cable, launch a web browser. Examples of web browsers include Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the browser address bar, type You can also try the following:

    If you changed your router's IP address from the default, enter the new IP address instead.

    You are prompted to enter a username and password.

  3. Enter the following default login credentials:
    • Username: admin
    • Password: password

    Note: The username and password are case sensitive.

    The NETGEAR Genie home page displays.

  4. Click the ADVANCED tab and select Setup > Wireless Setup.

  5. The Network Key (password) for the wireless network of your router will be on the box on the right side of Passphrase:.

    Note: If you have a dual-band router, the interface has two of these sections, one for the 2.4GHz wireless band and one for the 5GHz band. The security settings for each wireless band are independent of each other.  

    2.4GHz settings:


    5GHz settings:


  6. On some router models and older firmware versions, the passphrase is masked with asterisks (*). If this is the case, you will not be able to read the Network Key (password), so you will have to change it instead. To change the wireless Network Key (password), simply type a new one in the Passphrase field and click the Apply button.

Published 05/07/2013 06:04 PM   |   Updated 05/20/2015 10:31 AM


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