Initial setup walkthrough for NBG-41xN router(s)
This walkthrough describes the setup process for the NBG-41xN router for internet and wireless access.
"This walkthrough is based on firmware 1.00(USA.8) for NBG-416N, 1.00(AADZ.3) for NBG-418N)"
This guide will go over:
To begin connect an Ethernet cable to the Cable/DSL modem and run it to the WAN port (Blue Port) on the NBG router. Next run a second Ethernet cable from one of the LAN ports (Yellow Ports) on the NBG router to your computer.
Plug the power cable to the NBG router to turn it ON. Allow 30 seconds for the router to boot-up.
Accessing the Web Configurator
- Connect your modem, router and computer based on the diagram above.
- Launch your web browser. (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.)
- Type "http://192.168.1.1" on the address bar in your web browser. This is the default LAN IP address of the NBG router.
- Type admin as the user name and 1234 as the password and click OK. (admin/1234 are the default credentials)
Note: The management session automatically times out when the time period set in the Administrator Inactivity Timer field expires (default five minutes). Simply log back into the NBG-41xN router if this happens.
- Select the setup type you want to use. For the purpose of this document click "Go to Advanced Setup" to view and configure all the NBG-41xN's settings.
- On the status page make sure you are running the latest firmware release for your router. To check if you are on the latest firmware or if any update is available please visit our FTP site (ftp://ftp.zyxel.com) scroll to find your model router directory and click to select. From the main directory click the "Firmware" sub-directory for a list of all the firmware releases. Please update the firmware incrementally. (for a walkthrough on updating the router firmware scroll down to Firmware Upgrade)
- On the router's WebUI click on the Network menu option on the far left. Once you click the network menu you will have different options, click on Wireless LAN.
- Make sure the checkbox for "Enable Wireless LAN" is selected and provide a "Name (SSID)" for your wireless network. Deselect the checkbox for the "Auto Channel Selection", this feature allows the router to automatically change channel between 1-11 to find the channel with the least interference on the 2.4GHz wireless spectrum. This option however will disconnect all your wireless clients while it selects a new channel to work on. To minimize wireless disconnections it is best to disable this feature.
- To add a password for wireless connections click the "Security Mode" dropdown box and select a security method, Static WEP, WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK. WPA2-PSK is the strongest encryption method, we highly recommended using this encryption type.
Static WEP SetupOnce you have selected Static WEP you have the option to use a 64-bit encryption or 128-bit, the higher the encryption the longer the password.
WPA-PSK (TKIP) SetupOnce you have selected the WPA-PSK security mode please make sure the "Cipher Type" is set to "TKIP" and create a password under the "Pre-Shared Key" field. (Password is case sensitive and must be between 8 and 63 characters in length)
WPA2-PSK (AES) SetupOnce you have selected the WPA2-PSK security mode please make sure the "Cipher Type" is set to "AES" and create a password under the "Pre-Shared Key" field. (Password is case sensitive and must be between 8 and 63 characters in length)
- To upgrade the firmware/software on the router you must have a direct Ethernet connection between your computer and one of the routers LAN ports (Yellow Ports). If your computer has wireless built-in make sure you disable or turn OFF the wireless card (check your computer manual for instructions on how to turn OFF the wireless card).
- Please visit our FTP site, ftp://ftp.zyxel.com, to download firmware for your router.
- On the FTP site scroll through the directories to find directory for your product model. (Ex: NBG-416N)
- On your products directory click on the "Firmware" sub-directory to find the list of all firmware revisions available for your device. It is recommended that you run the firmware updates incrementally for best results. (Ex: if your router is on firmware version 1.00(USA.3) you will need to update to firmware version 1.00(USA.4), 1.00(USA.5), etc.)
- Download all the firmware files you need to update and extract the BIN file(s) to your Desktop.
- Open your web browser and access the router's Web Interface. (Please do NOT use the "Safari" web browser to update the firmware on your router)
- On the router's Web Interface click on the Maintenance menu option on the far left. Once you click the Maintenance menu you will have different options, click on Tools.
- In the Tools menu you will automatically be directed to the Firmware tab to run the updates. Click the Browse button to search for the BIN file on the Desktop directory. Select the BIN upgrade file and open.
- You will see the file name next to the browse button once it's been open, click the Upload button to start the upgrade. The firmware upgrade process takes about 2 minutes. Repeat steps 7-9 if you have to perform multiple firmware upgrades.
- Now that the firmware is up to date you can run the Wi-Fi Setup if you haven't yet configured the settings.
Troubleshooting the Internet Connection
- If you use a cable modem you will need to reset the modem cache so it allows the NBG router to establish the internet connection. To reset the cache you can:
- Press the RESET button on the modem and hold it down for 15 seconds. (If there is a reset button available)
- Call your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and have them reset your connection.
- Power down the modem completely (if the modem has a battery backup you will need to remove the battery first) for 5 minutes.
- Most xDSL modems are modem/router combination, it is highly recommended to contact the ISP (Internet Service Provider) and have them BRIDGE the device.
- Once the modem is bridge you will need to find out from your service provider if the connection is "PPPoE" or "Ethernet". If the connection is Ethernet all you need to do is make sure the modem and router are connected and power OFF the NBG router to 10 seconds and power back ON.
- If the connection type is PPPoE, obtain the username and password credentials for the PPPoE account.
- To configure the PPPoE credentials on the NBG router you must first access the Web Interface.
- Click on the Network menu on the far left and go to WAN.
- Set the Connection Type under the ISP Parameters to "PPP over Ethernet" (PPPoE) and enter the user credentials. Make sure the "Nailed-Up Connection" option is checked so that the router keeps the PPPoE connection active at all times with your ISP.
- Open a web browser and access the router's Web Interface.
- Click on the Network menu on the far left and go to LAN
- Change the default IP (192.168.1.1) to something difference, such as 192.168.100.1.
- Click the Apply button to save the settings.