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Adding a guest network on NETGEAR WNDR4500 allows visitors at your home to use the Internet without giving them your wireless security key. You can add a guest network to each wireless network: 2.4 GHz b/g/n and 5.0 GHz a/n.

To set up a guest network:

1. Select Basic > Guest Network to display the following screen:


2. For a 5 GHz network, scroll down to view that section of the Guest Network screen.

3. Select any of the following wireless settings:

Enable Guest Network. When this check box is selected, the guest network is enabled, and guests can connect to your network using the SSID of this profile.

Enable Wireless Isolation. If this check box is selected, then wireless clients (computers or wireless devices) that join the network can use the Internet, but cannot access each other or access Ethernet devices on the network.

Enable SSID Broadcast. If this check box is selected, the wireless access point broadcasts its name (SSID) to all wireless stations. Stations with no SSID can adopt the correct SSID for connections to this access point.

Allow guest to access My Local Network. If this check box is selected, any user who connects to this SSID has access to your local network, not just Internet access.

4. Give the guest network a name.

The guest network name is case-sensitive and can be up to 32 characters. You then manually configure the wireless devices in your network to use the guest network name in addition to the main nonguest SSID.

5. Select a security option from the list.

6. Click Apply to save your selections.

Guest Network Wireless Security Options

A security option is the type of security protocol applied to your wireless network. The security protocol in force encrypts data transmissions and ensures that only trusted devices receive authorization to connect to your network. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) has several options including pre-shared key (PSK) encryption.

This section presents an overview of the security options and provides guidance on when to use which option. Note that it is also possible to set up a guest network without wireless security. NETGEAR does not recommend this.

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  • At 2012.05.14 14:55, Paul Ackroyd said:

    The WNDR4500 is a brilliant bit of kit in that you can have private networks with access to all local computers, and guest networks that have only internel access.
    It would make sense to turn on Access control to the main networks but not the guest networks.
    Is this possible?

    • At 2012.10.23 07:08, Colin said:

      Turning on the guest network on my 4500 caused my whole Wi-Fi network to become flaky. My iPads, iPhones, MAC Book and even a lenovo PC struggled to get and keep a connection on my internal network. Turning the guest network off again and everything went back to being rock solid.

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