Connect Netgear Nighthawk Router to Modem

There are simple steps that you can use to connect the Netgear Nighthawk WiFi router to your home modem. You can also connect a range extender to the router to make your WiFi network more reliable and fast.

Here, you will go through easy steps to connect the Netgear Nighthawk WiFi router to your home modem. This connection requires Ethernet cable and configuration through Netgear Nighthawk login interface using your computer. Then we will provide instructions to link a new extender to the router.

Netgear Router to Modem Link

You have to make a physical connection between router and modem and then access the interface to adjust its settings.

Physical Connection

  • The first step to start the connection is placing the router near to the modem.
  • Use the Ethernet cable, it should be in good condition.
  • Now, by using the cable, connect the router WAN port to the modem LAN port.

It is time to access the interface of the Netgear Nighthawk router with the help of your computer or laptop.

Configuration Process

  • At first, you have to connect computer to router with the help of LAN cable.
  • Then, you have to go to a web browser and search the login URL
  • The login page will display on the computer, where you have to enter the username and password.
  • These credentials will find in the router user manual, which you have to type in the login page.
  • You will be taken to the interface page where you can configure the Nighthawk router easily.

You can also use you mobile device to manage the settings through Netgear Nighthawk app. Just download the app and log in to it.

Now, have a look at a section filled with instructions to connect the extender to the router to expand the home network.

Extender to Netgear Router Link

You can link extender to Netgear Nighthawk WiFi router using the WPS method and then updating the extender settings.

WPS Connection

  1. WPS connection can established without using any cable.
  2. Just turn on both the devices first and find the WPS button on them.
  3. At first press the WPS button on the router and then hit the button on extender.


  1. Link a computer to the extender network with the help of LAN cable.
  2. Then, go in to an updated web browser and search the extender IP address.
  3. It is given on the label or in the user manual along with the login credentials of the WiFi range extender.
  4. Search the IP address and reach to the login page, then enter the login username and password.
  5. Hit the Enter button on the keyboard and then you can configure the extender by adjusting the settings and connected networks.

Some Tips

  • You shouldn’t use the damaged cables to connect router to modem.
  • You mustn’t use outdated web browser to log in to router to extender interface.
  • Always check for firmware update first after setting up your router and extender?
  • Change the admin and WiFi password of the router and extender network after the installation.
  • Enter the login credentials (username and password) which are correct, you can use user manual of the devices.

End Section

Here, you have learned how to link your new Netgear Nighthawk WiFi router to the modem with the help of Ethernet cable. Then, we have provided information about how to connect range extender with the WiFi router through WPS method. At the end of article, you have seen and learned troubleshooting tips related to setup and configuration.


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