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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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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How can I make my home PC a web server?

I am running Apache Tomcat on my PC. My PC is connected to a router in my house and the router is connected to my ISP. Now I want to run a server on my pc so that my frined can view my site hosted on ...
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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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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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How can I speed up data transfer between local computers on a WiFi network?

I have a router with ADSL Pentagram Cerberus 6331-42. Is it normal to have transfer speeds between two computers of max 1MB/s (not 1 Mbit)? How can I set my router up to make it faster at transferring ...
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What's the best way to increase the range of my 802.11g router?

I have cable broadband, and as such the router has to be attached to a cable modem which also has to connect to the TV. That means the router is stuck in the corner of my house. This is good when I'm ...
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Wifi is slower than Ethernet cable connection?

I configured my new router and noticed that WiFi connection is way slower than Ethernet connection. Ethernet connection giving a download speed of ~60Mbps and upload speed of ~30Mbps while the Wifi ...
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Connecting a ADSL router to a wireless router. What am I doing wrong?

What is the correct way to do it? This are the steps I have taken: Disable DHCP in Wireless router Setup a fixed IP (192.168.1.2) and telling that the default Gateway is 192.168.1.1 (the ADSL ...
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Is it really possible for most enthusiasts to crack people's Wi-Fi networks?

Can most enthusiastic users (even if they are not professionals) use well-known techniques to break through the average home router's security? Some basic security options are: strong network ...
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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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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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Setting up wifi router as a switch for Internet Connection Sharing

Can my laptop with a 3G connection share its Internet via a Wifi router (Dlink DIR-615)? If so, what should I set on my laptop, on my router or on the devices connecting to the router?
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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 ...
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Accessing a website via the webservers public IP from a PC within the same LAN

If two machines reside on the same LAN (a PC and a Webserver) why is it necessary to enable ‘NAT loopback’ on the router in order for the PC to access the website hosted on the webserver using the ...
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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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Can I set up a website on a wifi router? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Hotel like Wifi manager Sounds like a silly question, but bear with me.. If you go into Peet's Coffee and access the wifi, you're taken to a web page that requires a ...
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How can I unite two LAN connections on one network?

The small flat in which I live is designed for two students. I manage to pay the entirety of the rent myself, so I'm living by myself, but I have 2 LAN outlets in the flat. I wish to configure a local ...
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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 does Http server distinguish between computers behind a router

HTTP servers usually operate at port 80. Yet NAT routers as most are these days assign port to outgoing requests so they would know when request is returned that which computer connected to it, it's ...
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how can i forward requests to my own IP address to a local IP address in my network (possibly using named)?

My setup I have a linux server running in my basement. I currently have my router looking to that server for DNS lookup, so I can use named to spoof a bunch of domain names to point to my local ...
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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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How can I re-enable the web interface of a dd-wrt router with no SSH or telnet connection?

I accidentally disabled my D-link router's web interface. I installed dd-wrt firmware on it. The router's SSH and telnet connections are disabled. I don't want to reset the router. How can I enable ...
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Internet monitor/filter solution for home network

I am looking for a simple and cheap way to monitor/filter internet usage on my home network. The solution should not be machine or OS specific, and it needs to be somewhat difficult to circumvent. ...
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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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What information can my ISP see from my router?

I installed a new router today and saw my IP address change because the new router has a different MAC address and I am just curious on what information my ISP can see from my network. I know they ...
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How can I bridge a Verizon mobile hotspot modem/router to a Linksys router?

I recently purchased a Verizon mobile hotspot (MiFi 4510L) and was wondering if I could configure my Linksys wireless/wired router (similar, but not the exact model: Linksys router) to use the MiFi as ...
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Optimizing wireless router speed and minimizing interference

I've been experiencing problems with my wireless connectivity lately, and want to make sure that it's not related to the abundance of other wireless routers here in my building. So, what I'm looking ...
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What can I do about “ping flooding”?

Recently I have started getting period of poor connections on my home LAN. So, today after my connection was unresponsive for a while once again, I decided to take a look at what was the problem. The ...
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SOHO NETGEAR wireless router disconnects when downloading torrents

I have a NETGEAR WGT624 wireless router at home which dies when there is a heavy torrent load. I open up my torrent client and it downloads for about 5 to 10 minutes and it continues to increase the ...
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How can I increase the WiFi client limit on a Huawei B153?

Update Basically @NoUsername's contribution solved my issue. But I found it a bit tricky to actually "override" the JavaScript, the key problem is that the configuration page reloads quite ...
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how to debug epicly slow wifi but fast lan

How can I debug a problem where my wifi is REALLY slow(it takes a minute for this page to load...even my router's admin page - 192.168.0.1)? I've tried upgrading my hardware firmware(using a DIR-600 ...
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Buying another router and use as a “signal repeater” in bridge mode?

I asked about using a pc almost as a "router" and although it's a solution, I tought about just buying a second router to act as a "bridge" between my connection. (Reason: I don't want to have to keep ...
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Bizarre and very specific Internet connection loss

Yesterday (Friday, September 21, 2012), my Internet connection started acting up. After some testing, I confirmed a very specific and baffling set of symptoms: Internet connection goes away every ...
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How can I minimize the amount my router slows down my Internet connection speed?

Background I'm working with what I assume is a pretty common Internet setup: a cable modem, a wireless router and a few Internet-connected devices. Lately, I've started being more demanding on my ...
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192.168.1.1 randomly switching between accessing VDSL modem, and accessing the wireless router.

I'm having trouble with my home network, since I've started using a new wireless router. The setup is a Zyxel VDSL Modem pluged into the wall, and connected to a TP-LINK modem via the ethernet ports. ...
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Network disconnect with netgear router

I buy a netgear R6250 for my home. I have more than 10 devices connected by wifi, so it seem be good to this. But, I have a problem with it: I lost internet connection some times. I need to ...
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Duplicate MAC but different IP on home router

Would it be possible to have duplicate MAC addresses but different IPs on a home router? My questions are listed below. I don't have computers with the same MAC. The second connection displays no ...
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downloads stall at 99% or so

Often when I try to download a large file, it stalls at 99% or so and never completes. I think I read somewhere that this problem could have something to do wireless routers. What can I do about ...
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How does Network Address Translation (NAT) works on a home router? [duplicate]

I have three computers connected to a router at home. I am sure my router has only one address. When the packet arrives from computer 1, the source IP is translated to the router IP address. Let's ...
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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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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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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 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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Can my landlord access my personal network because he controls the upstream connection?

Can my landlord access the things on my personal router's network because he controls the upstream connection? For example: the DLNA on my NAS, a public file share on my NAS, or the media server ...
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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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How to perform “Wake-on-Lan” from TP-WR741N (or similar) to LAN

I have a perfectly running TP-WR741ND router with its native firmware (probably not so important, but here it is: 3.12.4 Build 100910 Rel.57694n). The router is connected directly to LAN PC's ...
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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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Why does just splitting an Ethernet cable not work?

I thought the Ethernet is logically a one-line communication bus (for argument's sake, I am excluding hubs). All machines attached on the bus hears the same signals and the machines themselves try to ...
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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 ...