How do I Configure a Netgear WGR614 Wi-Fi Router to Act as a Wi-Fi Switch?

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How do I Configure a Netgear WGR614 Wi-Fi Router to Act as a Wi-Fi Switch?
Using a router as a switch gives you the ability to connect four additional computers to a network. (Ethernet crossover cable image by lefebvre_jonathan from Fotolia.com)

Configuring a Netgear WGR614 Wi-Fi Router to act as a switch provides the ability to hard-wire four additional routers to a network. This reduces the bandwidth load on a wireless network and allows you to connect computers that are not equipped with a wireless adaptor. In total, you can have seven computers hard-wired to a network with just one switch. Three connected to the main wireless router and four to the switch.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect the Netgear WGR614 Wi-Fi router directly to your computer with an Ethernet cable. Plug one end of the cable into one of the LAN ports on the back of the router and insert the other end of the cable into the Ethernet port located on the computer. This creates a dedicated connection between the router and computer to allow access to the router settings.

  2. 2

    The Netgear router could have two possible addresses. Open a web browser and type "http://192.168.0.1" into the address bar. Press "Enter" on your keyboard. If the login screen does not populate, enter "http://192.168.1.1" instead into the address bar and then press "Enter" to load the login screen.

  3. 3

    Enter "Admin" into the username box and enter "Password" into the password box. Click on "OK" to load the settings interface.

  4. 4

    Click on "Basic Settings" and turn off the "DHCP Server." This prevents the router from assigning IP addresses on the network.

  5. 5

    Click on "Wireless Settings" and turn off "Wireless Broadcast." This prevents the router from broadcasting a Wi-Fi signal so it can act like a switch instead.

  6. 6

    Click on "Save Settings" to update the router's configuration. Exit the settings.

  7. 7

    Disconnect the Ethernet cable from the computer and the Netgear WGR614 router.

  8. 8

    Plug the Ethernet cable into one of the LAN ports located on the back of the main wireless router on the network. Connect the other end of the cable to the WAN port located on the back of the Netgear WGR614 router.

  9. 9

    Plug an Ethernet cable into the LAN port located on the back of the Netgear WGR614 router and then connect the other end of the cable into the Ethernet port located on the computer you want to connect to the switch. Repeat this step for each computer you want to connect to the switch. Connect up to four computers to this switch.

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