How to Disable Linksys IGMP Snooping

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How to Disable Linksys IGMP Snooping
IGMP helps control the flow of data packets each device receives. (Network connection image by Fantasista from Fotolia.com)

An Internet Group Management Protocol, or IGMP, is a communications service in routers and host computers that helps control the flow of data. While IGMP is enabled, a device’s port receives only the necessary amount of packets, preventing it from receiving unneeded information for any device connected to it. Generally, this improves a user’s network as a smaller amount of traffic allows it to perform more efficiently. If you wish to disable IGMP Snooping from a Linksys router, you may do so from the device’s main options page.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Go to the main router settings page, which is accessed from a web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. Typically, the default home page address is "192.168.1.1".

  2. 2

    Enter your user ID and password. If you did not change the router’s default credentials, leave the user ID field blank, then type “admin” as the password in lower case letters.

  3. 3

    Click the “Multicast” tab. Clear the check box next to the “IGMP Snooping Status” entry to disable it. Click “Update” to apply all changes.

Tips and warnings

  • Not all Linksys routers support the IGMP communications protocol. The feature is typically found in SRWXXXXX models.

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