How to Disable Netgear Firewalls


Netgear is a router manufacturer that produces devices for home and office users. The router comes with default settings that block all outside traffic to the internal network. In rare occasions, the administrator may want to allow outside traffic to enter the internal network. To effectively disable these firewall settings, the administrator needs to configure rules in the router's software console. Once configured, users from the Internet can access computers on the local network.

  • Open a web browser and type the IP address for the router into the navigation text box. The default IP addresses for Netgear are and, depending on your model.

  • Enter the administrator's user name and password to access the configuration console. The default credentials are a user name of "admin," and the password is "password."

  • Click the "Security" tab in the main console window that displays after your credentials are entered. Within this screen, click the "Rules" link.

  • Enter a new rule name called "ANY" in the Inbound Services section. In the drop-down labeled "Action," select "Allow always." Check the box labeled "Enabled."

  • Click the "Save" button and close the web browser. You have now disabled the firewall for the Netgear router.

Tips & Warnings

  • Disabling the Netgear firewall settings is a security hazard for internal PCs. Ensure each individual computer has its own firewall and antivirus software installed if you choose to disable the router's configurations.

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