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How to Use a Netgear DG834G Router As a Switch

Updated July 20, 2017

Netgear DG834G series devices feature an integrated DSL modem, router, firewall and switch in one small network appliance. DG834G routers are designed to connect to and share a DSL Internet connection with multiple computers on the premises. With the factory default configuration, the DG834G automatically functions as a router when any device is connected to the Ethernet "LAN" ports. You can use a Netgear DG834G router as a switch by disabling the built-in DHCP server through the configuration interface.

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  1. Open a Web browser.

  2. Type "" without quotes into the address bar and then press "Enter."

  3. Type "admin" and "password" without quotes for the user name and password, respectively. Press "Enter."

  4. Click "LAN IP Setup."

  5. Click to uncheck "Use Router as DHCP server."

  6. Click "Apply" to save and apply the changes.

  7. Tip

    With the DHCP server function turned off in the router, computers connected to the router's built in switch ports must receive their IP addressing information independently of the router, which makes the router function as a traditional switch.

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About the Author

Jedadiah Casey started writing professionally in 2007, with articles published in "The Flagler Times" newspaper. He has more than 20 years of experience with computers and networking. Casey holds a Bachelor of Science in information systems from the University of Central Florida, as well as professional industry certifications.

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