How to Open NAT Settings With a NETGEAR Router

Written by jonah quant
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Network address translation (NAT) allows multiple computers on the same local area network (LAN) to communicate with other networks using a single Internet Protocol (IP) address. Within the LAN, the IP address server assigns different local addresses for each computer -- but all of them are seen as the same address from the rest of the world. Routers of the Netgear brand offer a secure configuration for filtering inbound network traffic to LAN computers. However, that configuration can cause problems for some time-sensitive applications such as online games. You can reconfigure your Netgear router to perform more open (less stringent) filtering on incoming NAT traffic.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ethernet cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect your computer to any of the local ports (grouped together within the same metal plate) on the back of the Netgear router, using an Ethernet cable.

  2. 2

    Launch a Web browser on the computer and navigate to the router's Web address. That address depends on the model; you can find it in the router's manual. For example, the address is "192.168.1.1" for a Netgear WPN824. Type the address in the browser's address bar and press "Enter." A router password prompt appears. Typically, the Netgear username is "admin" and the password is "password."

  3. 3

    Navigate the configuration menus to the section that manages the router's connection to the outside world. For example, for a WPN824, click "Wan Setup" on the left side bar. Select "Open" in the "NAT Filtering" section, then click "Apply." The router will be operating with open NAT from that point on.

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