How to Bridge Your Netgear Router

Netgear produces routers for homes and small businesses. These locations typically use a high-speed Internet connection, such as cable or DSL. Having a Netgear router installed allows you to share the Internet connection with multiple computers and devices. Each Netgear router includes a four-port LAN switch. You can use a Netgear router as a switch and a network bridge by logging into its Web-based administrative interface and disabling the built-in DHCP server.

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Connect a computer to one of the Netgear's "LAN" ports with an Ethernet cable.

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Open a Web browser, then type "192.168.0.1" without quotes into the address bar. Press "Enter."

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Type "admin" for the username, and "password" for the password. Press "Enter."

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Click "LAN IP Setup."

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Uncheck "Use Router as DHCP Server," then click "Apply." This converts the Netgear router into a network bridge. Connect the Netgear router to another device, such as a network switch, with an Ethernet cable.