A router is a device that forwards data packets across multiple networks. Questions tagged with router can cover router hardware, software, and network configuration.

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Is it really possible for most enthusiasts to hack people's Wi-Fi networks?

I heard from a trusted computer security expert that most enthusiastic users (even if they are not professionals) using only guides from Internet and specialized software (e.g. Kali Linux included ...
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What is port forwarding and what is it used for?

There are a lot of questions on 'port forwarding' but there doesn't seem to be one that clearly states what it is and what it's used for. So: What is Port Forwarding? What is it used for, and why ...
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What's the maximum actual bit rate of an 802.11g connection?

Using a wired connection, I get a 38 Mbit/s download speed. When I switch to wireless one (Linksys WRT54GL router with Tomato firmware), the speed drops to 23 Mbit/s even if the distance between the ...
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What keeps you from changing your public IP address and wreaking havok?

An interesting question was asked of me and I did not know what to answer. So I'll ask here. Let's say I subscribed to an ISP and I'm using cable internet access. The ISP gives me a public IP address ...
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What stops an internet router from sniffing my traffic?

Packets travel through internetworks, and take many routes through internet routers. On each route that forwards traffic to another until reaching the ultimate destination, what stops them from ...
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Can I make two wireless routers communicate using the wireless?

I want to make a setup like this: cable modem <-cable-> wireless router 1 <-wireless-> wireless router 2 in another room <-cables-> PCs in another room Basically, I want to extend my ...
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Which routers do you prefer for DD-WRT or OpenWRT? [closed]

I'm aware of the giant Supported Devices list. I'm wondering which ones you all prefer (e.g., support for Mega install, cheap, reliable hardware, USB port, etc.) I've used an ASUS WL-500G Premium ...
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OpenWrt vs DDWrt

I have a TP-Link Wr1043ND router and I want to install one of these two firmwares: OpenWRT DD-WRT I read that I can install custom packages and do much more than I can with the original firmware. ...
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Does DD-WRT QoS actually work?

There have been various reports of DD-WRT QoS not working (here, here and elsewhere). The DD-WRT QoS Documentation mentions some checks would indicate whether the proper priorities are being applied ...
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How to identify from a Windows computer the wireless device that is poisoning router?

I live in a house with various other people who all swear that there is nothing wrong with any of their devices. The problem being is that when wireless is enabled on the router, ping sky-rockets and ...
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What are the disadvantages (if any) of accessing the internet through two or more “chained” routers?

My Problem I just got internet setup in my dorm room at school through a third-party provider. The modem they gave me, however, also functions as a wireless router. I also have my own router with ...
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Recommended gigabit 802.11n routers that work with DD-WRT [closed]

I've read this question, and checked out the supported devices list, but am looking specifically for a gigabit 802.11n router that is easy to find and fully supported by DD-WRT. It seems like some of ...
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Is it possible for a router to “go bad” with time?

I've been having problems with my internet connection over the past weeks (intermittent disconnections, slow transfers, etc), and my provider keeps telling me that the problem is not on their end. I ...
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What does “On-link” mean on the result of “route print” command?

I'm using Windows 7. When I type "route print" under command prompt, I get a IPv4 Route Table with several "On-link" values under the Gateway column. For example, like this one: IPv4 Route Table ...
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DD-WRT: How to allow port forwarding to apply to requests originating from inside the LAN?

With the original firmware of my router I had port forwarding defined from port 80 to the server in the LAN, which I used in conjunction with an external dynamic DNS service. I've now upgraded to ...
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Which home router support IPv6?

Which routers suitable for small/home networks support IPv6 as described in the Microsoft document IPv6 Support in Home Routers? Edit: to answer some comments wondering about the reasons of wanting ...
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Is securing Wifi with MAC Filter enough?

I have a MAC filter in place for everything that connects to my router. I also have WPA2 on the wireless. When a friend comes around, I tell them the password (I trust them), they type it into their ...
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What is the actual IP address of my computer

I am testing out to see whats my IP address but depending on which website I used , I get different IP address . I am using a router If i use this , My IP address is If i use this , My IP address ...
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How to extend Wi-Fi signal across rooms?

I moved into a new place and my old Wi-Fi router just doesn't have the range to get into all the rooms. I've been investigating a lot of options and I'm wondering what other folks have done here. ...
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How does Router know where to forward packet

If several computers with local addresses (192.168.0.#) are connected to a router and each computer opens a web browser and requests a page over HTTP, when these TCP:80 packets are sent out, the ...
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Does All LAN Traffic Travel Through A Router

I have a very simple question: if I have a router (DHCP enabled - leasing IP addresses between 192.168.0.2 and 192.168.0.254) with a switch plugged in, and I plug two computers into the switch, will ...
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How to disable internet access at night on the router?

I have an internet connection that I'd like to be enabled only during the day. With multiple household internet devices, this would need to be something disabled at the level of the router. I don't ...
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Setting up ad blocking on the router?

Is it possible to block or remove ads (graphical as well as textual like Google text ads) on the level of the router? I have a Cisco Linksys WRT54GL with Tomato Firmware v1.28.1816. Basically I want ...
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Can dd-wrt or tomato keep track of GB usage per billing period per device?

I want to be able to track the usage of each device connecting to our router so we can split up the ISP bill by usage. Can dd-wrt or tomato provide the stats I'd need to do this? Update: After a bit ...
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Windows 7 machine makes router drop ALL wireless connections

Some background: My home network consists of my desktop computer, a two-month old Windows 7 (x64) machine which is online most frequently (N-spec), as well as three other Windows XP laptops ...
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Are routers limited to number of devices?

I'm going to buy a new router, but, I've just realised that for nearly all routers I've looked at (Belkin, Netgear, D-Link) don't state the maximum number of devices which can connect concurrently. ...
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Can devices steal MAC allocated IP addresses?

Scenario: You have a normal household network, provided by a standard router. The network is called 'netz'. There is no password on the netz network. On the router you've set a static IP address ...
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Has anyone tried to DIY his own router?

Can someone provide all necessary components to assemble a router? Especially,what's the component to make it programable? Seems google doesn't give such information . UPDATE I'm not gonna use a ...
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Will using a 10/100 router stunt gigabit switch speeds for an internal network?

I have a 10/100 Verizon router. 3 computers are connected to this via Ethernet. I'd like to put a gigabit switch between the computers and router to enable gigabit speeds on the intranet. If the ...
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Should I Upgrade My Old Wireless Router?

I have an old wireless router, and I mean stone age old (5 years). There is nothing wrong technically with the router, it serves my wireless needs at home but it is really darn old. A search on ...
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Netgear router listening on port 32764?

I've got a Netgear DG834G running firmware V5.01.01. From the LAN side, if I port scan it, it's listening on tcp port 32764. Trying to telnet into this port gives me the response ...
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Why is my router assigning the wrong address via DHCP

I have a WRT54G router that is set up to serve out addresses via DHCP. It correctly serves up addresses to every other machine on the network, including another PC, my macbook when connected via ...
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Can I use more than one internet provider at the same time?

Usually a home router has only one uplink connection, enabling a single internet provider at a time. But suppose I hack my router (ie. installing linux), could I use 2 internet providers then?
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How do routers assign IP addresses?

How does a router assign an IP address? Is this random or is there a set method? It seems that the same device – regardless of the time it was connected – seems to get the same IP assigned. Does the ...
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If a computer is connected to internet via wireless and lan both, which way Internet traffic would flow?

How does this actually work? How different ip addresses on ethernet adapter and wireless adapter are handled for internet data? I know these ip are translated in NAT table but the whole process ...
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How to route only specific subnet (source ip) to a particular interface?

How to route only specific subnet (source ip) to a particular interface? OS: Linux I know I can do easily by destination IP by using something like route add 1.2.3.4/24 dev eth4 but I do not ...
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How do I know if my router supports IPv6?

$ ping6 :: PING ::(::) 56 data bytes 64 bytes from ::1: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.046 ms 64 bytes from ::1: icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.053 ms 64 bytes from ::1: icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.058 ms ^C --- :: ...
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Monitor traffic through a home router

We have an Internet connection which is shared on five computers via a home router. One of the computers is using torrents all the time. I want to find out which, and they won't tell me. How can I ...
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Difference between wifi router and access point?

I see both terms used, and I was wondering what the difference is between a wifi router, and a wifi access point. Does the latter only create a LAN, with no way to connect the wifi box with a second ...
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Why does my Internet slow to a crawl unless I reboot my router every few days?

A few weeks ago, I noticed that my Internet connection had slowed down to a crawl. I waited a few days hoping it would go away on its own, but it didn't get better. So I asked this question about how ...
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Gateway / Switch hybrid

Next week I'm getting a new internet connection installed. It comes with 5 static IP addresses by default. Now, I would like to use some of these IPs on my systems. However, I have more than 5 ...
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Why do some WiFi routers block multicast packets going from wired to wireless?

I have worked with dozens of consumer grade WiFi routers, and they have been really hit-or-miss with this, though it seems to be getting better. Example of issue: A device that can be discovered ...
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Options for bandwidth management on a shared internet connection

The premise: Rural location, not many options for high-bandwidth internet connections. The fastest by far is Satellite internet, but it's expensive (both equipment and monthly cost, and has latency ...
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Does a router know not to hand out static IP addresses to other devices?

I set a computer on my network to use a Static IP address Shutdown the computer so its not on and not connected to the network Question: How does my router know not to hand out that IP address to ...
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What's DMZ used for in a home wireless router?

As far as I understand, by using DMZ you expose all of the host computer's ports to the Internet. What's that good for?
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Are there any wireless IPv6-ready home routers?

Checked the router we have at home (D-Link DIR-655) and doesn't seem like it supports IPv6. Got curious; Are there any? It would have to support bridging to IPv4 on the outside though, since the ISP ...
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Why does restarting/resetting the router work?

So, I'm a technology guy and sometimes I have to troubleshoot a home network, including my own. I make sure the wires are in securely and that the lights suggest there's an actual internet connection. ...
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Does 1 Gbit/s port in full-duplex mean 1 Gbit/s send and 1 Gbit/s receive?

I'm figuring out the best router for me based on their performance. When you have a 1 Gbit/s port in full-duplex, does that mean you can send 1 Gbit/s and receive 1 Gbit/s at the same ...
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How can I set my computer up for remote SSH access?

I have a Linux machine that I can access by SSH from my laptop when I am inside my house, but when I am using another Internet connection, I can't connect. What do I need to do? I have Verizon DSL ...
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How can I configure my wireless network for the strongest security?

There seem to be many security features in wireless routers from MAC address filtering to the authentication type and data encryption. WPA or WPA2 PSK? AES or TKIP? When I set up a new wireless ...