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I was very impressed with how quick and easy it was to configure the SSL312. It only took about 15-20 minutes to get everything plugged in and to set a few basic network/VPN configuration parameters before I was ready to start using it. First, I took the SSL312 out of its box. I connected the AC power cord to the unit and plugged it to a power outlet. Then, I plugged the network cable into Ethernet Port 1 on the front of the SSL312. I plugged the other end of the network cable into the Ethernet port of my PC. I turned on my PC, and turned the power switch on the back of the SSL312 to On.

In order to access the SSL312 and change its settings, you must configure your PC with an IP address so that it is on the same subnet as the unit. Since the SSL312 comes "out-of-box" with a default IP address of 192.168.1.1, Netgear recommends setting up a PC that is already on your network with an IP address of 192.168.1.10 and a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0.

Once your PC is configured on the same network as the SSL312, open a browser and type the URL, https://192.168.1.1, into the address field. If you were successful in connecting the SSL312 to your PC, a login screen appears. Refer to Figure 4.

SSL312 - Login Screen (click image to enlarge)

Figure 4: SSL312 - Login Screen (click image to enlarge)

Enter admin for the user name and password for the password. An administrator account with a default user name and password was configured for the SSL312 at the factory. NOTE: Remember to change the password to one that is more secure before connecting to the internet. If it isn't selected, choose geardomain for the Domain. Once you are successfully logged in, you will be presented with a status screen (Figure 5).

SSL312 - Administration - Status Screen (click image to enlarge)

Figure 5: SSL312 - Administration - Status Screen (click image to enlarge)

To start configuring the network settings, click the Network link underneath the System Configuration heading. When the Network screen appears, select Interfaces.

SSL312 - Administration - Network Interfaces (click image to enlarge)

Figure 6: SSL312 - Administration - Network Interfaces (click image to enlarge)

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