Facing Netgear Nighthawk Setup Problems?

Can’t set up Nighthawk router because of incomplete knowledge? Refer to the information given below and learn the whole nine yards of Nighthawk router set up using two different methods. Apart from this, you will also get to know about the techniques that will help you avoid setup problems.

Netgear Router Setup: Methods

A user is free to use any of the following approaches to make his Nighthawk wireless router up and running.


How to Setup Netgear Nighthawk via Nighthawk App?

Follow the steps given below to configure a Netgear Nighthawk wireless router using the mobile application.

  • Power down the modem and hardwire it to the router.
  • For this, join the router’s Internet port and the modem’s LAN 1 port.

Note: The Internet port of the Nighthawk WiFi router is Yellow or Blue in color. Hence, you can identify it very easily.

  • Switch on your modem and then the Nighthawk router.
  • Once the LED lights on your WiFi router gain stability, unlock the mobile phone.
  • Tap Wifi and locate the SSID of your Nighthawk router and tap it.
  • You will be prompted to enter the router’s WiFi password.
  • For the router’s SSID and password, check the label of the product.
  • After connecting to the router’s WiFi, download the Nighthawk app.
  • You can do it by visiting nighthawk-app.com or the app store of your mobile phone.
  • Launch the app.

  • Follow the instructions appearing on the screen to complete Netgear Nighthawk setup.
Nighthawk App

Netgear Router Setup without App: Manual Method

Here is a set of instructions that one must follow to complete the Netgear router setup using the Manual method. FYI, it will require you to use the router’s default web address i.e. routerlogin.net.

  • Unplug your modem and let it rest.
  • Meanwhile, place the Nighthawk router near the modem.
  • Using a LAN cable, join the Internet port and LAN 1 port of the router and modem.
  • Now, using another cable, connect your laptop to the Netgear router.
  • Power up your WiFi devices in the following sequence:
Netgear Router Setup without App

Modem > Netgear Nighthawk Router > Laptop

  • Once the LED lights on your router get stable, launch an internet browser.
  • Into the address bar, type routerlogin.net.
  • Press the Enter key.
  • The screen will ask you whether you want to set up the router by yourself or take Genie’s assistance for setup.

Bonus: In case, routerlogin.net doesn’t work for you, try using the Nighthawk router default IP i.e.

  • Click the No option and let your router detect the internet connection.
  • On the next window, agree to the Terms and Conditions of using the router.
  • Proceed by clicking Next.
  • Now, assign an admin password to the router and answer the security questions.
  • The Firmware Update window will appear.
  • Skip the firmware update part for now. It might cause setup problems.
  • The upcoming screen will show you the Netgear router Status page.
  • From here, you can manage your router by clicking the respective tab.
  • Lastly, create your Netgear account and register your product.


Registering your product will require you to enter your email ID and password. Therefore, do not make any mistakes while filling out a form. Enter the correct details only.

This is how you can install your Netgear WiFi router using the Nighthawk app or the manual method. Just in case any trouble approaches you during the setup process, check out the next section to learn what needs to be taken care of while setting up the router.

Troubleshooting: Netgear Nighthawk Setup Issues

  • Check the cable connected to your WiFi router and modem. It must be non-damaged.
  • The web browser used for Nighthawk router set up process should be an updated one.
  • While setting up the router via the app, ensure that you are using the stable version.
  • Always connect to the Nighthawk router WiFi network for setting up the router.
  • Reboot your modem and router in the same sequence to get rid of connectivity problems.
  • Avoid placing your router and modem too close. Their WiFi signals might clash.
  • The device (mobile or computer) used for the setup process must be free of viruses.

Quick Tip

If you can’t set up Nighthawk router even after implementing the tips given above, press and hold the RESET button on the router for 15 seconds. Once your router resets, set it up again using any of the methods given on this page.