How do I change the frequency on a used router?

Jill December 11, 2011

I recently got a used computer and a Netgear wireless router. It is flashing that it is on, but have no clue how to set up different frequency as phone and computer are all in same spot. Really have no other place for it to get connected.

  1. Eugene
    December 13, 2011 at 5:36 am

    How about resetting to factory default by pressing the router's reset button with a paperclip then download the user manual from another internet connection or through a connected smartphone and use the default ip address for a wired connection with an Ethernet cable to the modem. You can then go in and reconfigure everything to your heart's content as administrator of the modem

  2. c
    December 13, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Position your wireless router, modem router, or access point in a central location. Move the router off the floor and away from walls and metal objects. Replace your router's antenna. The antennas supplied with your router are designed to be omnidirectional, meaning that they broadcast in all directions around the router. If your router is near an outside wall, half of the wireless signals will be sent outside your home, and much of your router's power will be wasted. Replace your laptop's wireless PC card-based network adapter. Wireless network signals must be sent both to and from your computer. Sometimes your router can broadcast strongly enough to reach your computer, but your computer can't send signals back to your router. To improve this, replace your laptop's PC card-based wireless network adapter with a USB wireless network adapter that uses an external antenna. Add a wireless repeater. Wireless repeaters extend your wireless network range without requiring you to add any wiring. Change your wireless channel. Reduce wireless interference. Update your firmware or your network adapter driver. Pick equipment from a single vendorAlthough a Linksys router will work with a D-Link network adapter, you often get better performance if you pick a router and network adapter from the same vendor. Upgrade 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g devices to 802.11n. Although wireless-G (802.11g) may be the most common type of wireless network, wireless-N (802.11n) is at least twice as fast and it has better range and stability.

  3. Jeff Fabish
    December 12, 2011 at 6:59 am

    What is your router's model? Look on your router to find this for us.

    To expand on what FIDELIS mentioned, your routers IP address is either or Put this URL into your browser and press enter. You will be prompted to enter the routers administrator ID and password, since you haven't configured the router yet, they are probably still default of 'admin' for ID and 'password' for the password.

    Some routers do not provide the ability to change the channel. To find out if yours does, again - I'll need your routers model. Mine has the ability to change the channel, which is located in the "Wireless Settings" tab. You can use Net Stumbler to identify clogged channels.

    - Jeff

  4. Anonymous
    December 12, 2011 at 3:10 am

    i think, Unless you have an a/b/g router you are pretty much stuck to the same frequency band, the router is set to 2.4 Ghz this we cannot change, or just move the router far from microwave frequencies, try moving the router far from computer.

    unplug the cordless phone base, for few minutes , so that the router goes through several hopping patterns.

    frequency-hopping spread spectrum

    D-Link "Quadband" Dual-Frequency Wireless Router

    December 12, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Hello, the default gateway for netgear routers, is  What you have to do is type this address in your browser:  When you type this address and press enter, it should take you to the login for your router administration page.  Usually the default user is admin but it could have been changed by previous owner.  With regards to password if it was not changed by previous owner, you could try password, 1234 or setup. 

    If user and password were changed by previous owner, you could try resetting the router to factory standard by using a pen and press on the reset button in the back of the router.

    Next go to wireless settings, find the entry for channel and change it there.  Once you changed this, make sure to save your settings and once finish with that logout of router configuration.