How to Install a Netgear USB Wireless

Use the Netgear Genie tool to set up and connect your Netgear USB wireless adapter.
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Installing a Netgear USB Wireless adapter is a fairly straightforward process. Netgear Wi-Fi adapters ship with a CD that includes all necessary drivers. The CD also includes the Netgear Genie connection tool to enable you to quickly establish a connection to your wireless router. If your router and adapter both support Wireless Protected Setup, also known as WPS, you can connect your Netgear adapter to your router by coordinating the touch of two buttons.

1 Install Drivers and Software

2 Insert the Netgear CD

Insert the Netgear CD in the CD/DVD drive on the computer. The installation wizard launches.

3 Click the Install from CD option

Click the “Install from CD” option if the computer is not connected to the Internet. Click “Check for Updates” to obtain the latest version of the software if the computer is connected to the Internet. The License Agreement displays.

4 Read the License Agreement

Read the License Agreement, and then click “Accept” to accept the agreement. The installation wizard installs the software. A prompt displays instructing you to insert the wireless USB adapter.

5 Insert the Wi-Fi adapter

Insert the Wi-Fi adapter into a USB port on your computer, and then click “Next” to continue the installation. A list of available wireless networks displays.

6 Click the SSID of your router

Click the SSID of your router, and then click “Connect” to establish a connection. If security is configured on your network, the password prompt displays. Type your network password, and then click “OK.” The wireless adapter connects to your Wi-Fi network.


8 Plug

Plug the Netgear USB wireless adapter in a USB port on the computer.

9 And hold the WPS button

Press and hold the WPS button on the connected adapter for two seconds. You will then have two minutes to press the WPS button on the router.

10 And hold the WPS button-2

Press and hold the WPS button on the router for two seconds within two minutes of releasing the USB adapter button. The adapter automatically establishes a connection with the router.

  • If you no longer have the Netgear CD, you can download the software from the Netgear website (see Resources).

Randall Blackburn has worked for several Fortune 1000 companies as a technical writer over the past seven years. He has produced a wide variety of technical documentation, including detailed programming specifications and research papers. Randall has also acquired several years' experience writing web content. Randall lives and works in Austin, TX.