Netgear routers are generally plug-and-play, meaning they do not need configuration. However when a home network expands beyond four networked computers, configuration becomes necessary. Every household router comes with a web-based utility for changing the settings manually. The options are straightforward on Netgear routers, with explanations of each option labeled on the right-side of the page. The DHCP setting are just one of the common settings provided on the interface.
Things You'll Need
- Computer connected to router
Turn on the computer connected to the router. Press "WIN" and "R" at the same time. "WIN" is the Windows logo key between "Ctrl" and "Alt." Type "cmd" into the "Run" dialog box and press "Enter."
In the black "Command Prompt" window, type "ipconfig" and press "Enter". Read the line labeler 'IP Address" and copy down the four sets of numbers listed to the right of it (For example, 192.168.1.1).
Open a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, and type the four-number IP address into the address bar. Press "Enter." When prompted for a username and password, use the following:
Press Enter. This will launch the web-based utility.
Click "LAN Settings" located on the lower-left menu in the web-based utility. This will open the DHCP server settings. Use the field to the right of "Starting IP address" to define which number the DHCP pool will begin assigning from. Use the "Ending IP address" to define where the DHCP pool stops. The DHCP pool is the set of available IP addresses that the DHCP server can assign to computers automatically. You can also disable the server entirely by unchecking the "Use Router as DHCP Server" box.
When finished, click "Apply" and allow the page to reload. Once complete, close any open windows by clicking the "X" icon in the top-right of each window. Reboot the computer to finalize the new settings.
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