How to Setup Nighthawk Router: The Ultimate Guide


This post will walk you through a step-by-step guide on how to setup Nighthawk router using the Nighthawk app. Also, the post covers router troubleshooting steps if you get stuck while installing your WiFi router. Let's get the ball rolling.

Netgear Nighthawk WiFi Router Setup Steps 

Step 1 - Have You Downloaded and Installed the Nighthawk App?

If yes, then proceed further with the next step. 

If not, follow the below-mentioned steps to download and install the Netgear Nighthawk app:

  • Connect your mobile device to a WiFi network.
  • Open the Google Play or App Store on your Android and iOS device respectively.
  • Search for the Nighthawk app.
  • Once located the app, tap on the Download button.

Wait until the app properly downloads on your device.

2. Power Cycle Your Network

 The next step to setup Nighthawk router is to power cycle your network. Just turn off your router, modem, and all the devices connected to the network. After waiting for a few minutes, turn them on again.

3. Launch the App and Log In to Your Router 

Now, launch the Netgear Nighthawk app on your mobile device. This will start the Netgear router installation process. Perform the Netgear router login.

Type the admin user ID and passphrase into the given fields and hit Log In.

4. Setup Nighthawk Router

After logging in, here are the instructions to follow:

  • Select the Yes option for the first-time installation.
  • Choose your router's model to set up.
  • Tap on the Connect button.

5. Seeing the Login Required Screen?

In the event that you are seeing the Login Required screen, you need to enter the default admin password to proceed further. If you have forgotten the password, tap on the Forgot Password option and try to retrieve it.

6. Connect Your Router and Modem

Now is the time to make a wired connection between your Netgear Nighthawk WiFi router and modem. For this, you need to use an Ethernet cable. Be certain that the cable is in good condition. It should not include any type of damages and cuts. Now, connect to your Netgear WiFi router.

7. Getting 'Router Not Found' Error? 

The 'Router Not Found' error comes into view when the Netgear Nighthawk app is unable to find the router. To get this error fixed, follow these router troubleshooting tips:

  • Check whether your home WiFi network is disabled. If yes, make it enabled.
  • Ensure that your cellular data is turned off.
  • Chances are that you might be connected to the guest network of your WiFi router. In such a case, connect to the main home network and try again.
  • Perhaps, your mobile device is connected to another network with the same SSID. On the off chance if the WiFi from another networking hardware is on, disable it and connect to your own home network.

8. Detect the Router and Setup Internet Connection 

Now, the app will start to detect the router and internet connection. Wait until the cable is connected in the right way and internet can be set up. This will take some time, so be patient.

Once done, customize your network settings as per your requirements. You can change the WiFi network name or SSID and create a new password. Now, connect all your devices to the new WiFi network your router provides.

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