The online video game World of Warcraft is extremely popular, but some people have been known to play too much for their own good. If you have someone in your household who plays too much WoW, you can configure your Linksys router to prevent the game from connecting to the game servers. WoW connects to the game servers through port 3724. To prevent the connection from happening, you have to log in to your Linksys router and block traffic on that port.
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Connect an Ethernet cable to one of the numbered Ethernet ports on the Linksys router and plug the other end into an Ethernet port on your computer.
Open a web browser window and enter "192.168.1.1" into the web address bar.
Enter the username and password for the administrator's account on the router. To log in to a Linksys router using the default administrator's account, leave the username empty and enter "admin" as the password.
Click the "Access Restrictions" tab in the bar near the top of the window.
Click "Internet Access" in the small tab below the large tabs.
Click the "Enable" button to the right of "Status" and enter a policy name in the box below, such as "WoW Blocking."
Click "Edit List of PCs."
Enter the IP address of the computer you want to block WoW access on in the middle section of the page. You only need to enter the last section of the computer's IP address--the router interface provides the rest. For example, if the computer's IP address is 192.168.1.190, you would enter "190" in the box following the first part of the IP address.
Click "Save Settings" and close that window to return to the "Internet Access" section.
Select "TCP" from the drop-down menu above the "Add/Edit Service" button.
Enter "3724" in the two boxes to the right of the drop-down menu.
Click "Save Settings" again to block WoW on your Linksys router.
Tips and warnings
- In the "Times" section of the Internet Access panel, you can set up a schedule for when the port is blocked if you don't want to cut off access 24 hours a day.
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