I'm under the impression from past years that Netgears are not so great, and Linksys is the way to go, but if it works for you then I guess that doesn't matter. Did they give you the manual for it? You should be able to configure the wireless settings using your web browser. Try going to http://192.168.0.1
in your web browser and see if you can find the configuration page there. If not do a start -> run -> command (OK) and run ipconfig /all to get your ip address and try .1 in that network keeping the first three parts the same. If you don't know the user/pass the default is usually username: admin and password: password.
from the IP config output you will find a "Default Gateway" such as:
Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : nyc2.attens.com
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.102
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
In this case 192.168.1.1 is my default gateway. This will be INSIDE (LAN) facing interface on your router (assuming you are directly connected to it via cable or wireless). This is the address you will use to connect to your router on. Again, assuming you are using any SOHO SOHO = small office / home office) level router produced within last 5-10 years, it will have a web interface and you simply put into your web browser http://192.168.1.1
. The default username and password can change based on what hardware / firmware / manufacturer you have and you should check with the manufacturer's website. Most usually its admin / password or admin / admin or some variation there of. Linksys for years was no username, admin for passowrd -> I believe they recently went to admin/password.
If you are one of the hundreds of thousands or millions of users that have the typical Linksys WRT54g series of routers, many of you don't know that the firmware is actually open source. The rumor I heard was it was the first thing Cisco did when Linksys a few years ago . . . open the firmware. The neat thing about it is you can download and install alternatitive firmewares giving your router far more capabilites, and in some instances significant performance enhancements. MaximumPC did a nice little writeup on two of the more common choices in a reasonably recent issue, these are the two it compared:
I honestly forget which one won the rounds of tests, and am still looking for the article it was in . . . if I find it, I'll post a link later.