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Great Product for a Great Price
on December 7, 2012
1st off, the refurbished product doesnt come with the Smart Wizard disc, you dont need it, its all pre-loaded into the router.
Connect your PC to the router (hard wire) and type [...] on a browser, login ID is admin, password is password, from there you can configure the whole router to your hearts content.
when you first log in, it will check for any updates to the firmware, DO NOT UPGRADE TO 126.96.36.199, stay with 188.8.131.52 that's currently loaded on there, its far more stable and reliable, you can uncheck the "check for new version" box so this doesnt bother you again.
i made the mistake of upgrading to 184.108.40.206, my 5ghz band was incredibly unstable and died every 2-3 hours, also lost the ability to turn off the bright blue LED lit dome with the new firmware.
if you fell into this hole like i did. go to[...] and download the 220.127.116.11 firmware. it will ask you for the router serial number (of which the refurbished routers dont have one), to the right of the red download button is a link that says "continue without registering" click this and it will allow you to download the 18.104.22.168 firmware. go to your router admin screen (using the access method i mentioned above)\Maintenance\Router Upgrade, use this window to downgrade back to 22.214.171.124
Wireless N 600 speed is awesome, very noticable upgrade from my AT&T Wireless G router imbedded in my home gateway. the router is increadibly stable, no issues day-over-day, it just works, just what you would expect from a NetGear.