Have you accessed your router's software and enabled the wireless function?
You have to log into the router through a web browser and typing this url http://www.routerlogin.net
The log in name is admin
The default password is password
Look for enable wireless router radio
in the wireless settings and make sure it is check marked.
Make sure you have a wireless broadcast name set up and have it broadcast the SSID name.
Now have the laptop scan for available networks and look for your SSID name in the list of available networks.
If you have a password enabled for wireless access in the router you have to type that password or pass-phrase in the laptop's log in password box, it has to match exactly.
This also depends on which encryption setting your using, whether it is NONE, WEP, WPA or WPA2
Once it makes connection, you should see your laptops mac address listed in the router's attached devices
For security reasons, you should change the default password to a new one, everyone knows the default admin password and can access your router remotely, it is strongly suggested you change that password.
If you do not have a manual for your router, there is one available in pdf format, at http://www.netgear.com
just look for support and look for a manual to your routers model number.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 15 March 2010 - 12:17 PM.