How to block specific IP addresses on DD-WRT routers

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If you’re trying to access certain streaming services, it’s a good idea to block specific IPs on your router.

To block specific IP addresses on your DD-WRT router:

  1. With your router connected to the internet, go to 192.168.1.1 (or 192.168.2.1 or 192.168.0.1). If you’re stuck, see instructions for finding your router gateway.
  2. Sign in with your router username and password. The default username and password are usually root and admin. You can check this on some models by looking at the bottom of the router.
  3. At the top of the page, click the Setup tab and then select Advanced Routing.dd-wrt setup tab
  4. Under Static Routing, enter the following:
    1. Select set number: 1
    2. Route Name: <something to help you recognize this route>
    3. Metric: 2
    4. Destination LAN NET: 8.8.8.8
    5. Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.255
    6. Gateway: <your router IP>  (e.g. 192.168.1.1)
    7. Interface: LAN & WLAN
  5. Your screen should look like this:dd-wrt static routing
  6. At the bottom of the page, click Apply Settings.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6, using the following:
    1. Select set number: 2
    2. Route Name: <something to help you recognize this route>
    3. Metric: 2
    4. Destination LAN NET: 8.8.4.4
    5. Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.255
    6. Gateway: <your router IP>  (e.g. 192.168.1.1)
    7. Interface: LAN & WLAN
  8. Depending on which streaming service you want to use, you may need to add a few more IPs. For the list of specific IPs, please contact the ExpressVPN Support team.
  9. If you’re on Windows, open your Command Prompt.
  10. If you’re on Mac, open your Terminal.
  11. Enter ping 8.8.8.8 and ping 8.8.4.4 (and the other IPs you blocked).
  12. The ping tests should fail (e.g. “Timed Out” or “Destination Host Unreachable”). If you get a response, check you have performed the steps above correctly. If the problem persists, reboot your router and repeat the steps above.
  13. Once you see the ping tests fail:
    1. Turn off your router
    2. Unplug it from the power source
    3. Wait for 30 seconds
    4. Plug in your router
    5. Turn on your router

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support team for immediate assistance.

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