How to block specific IP addresses on Linksys routers

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Certain streaming services will function more reliably if you block specific IP addresses on your router. This guide will show you how to block specific IP addresses on Linksys routers, using two Google DNS server addresses as an example (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4).

To block specific IP addresses on your Linksys router, you’ll need to set some routing rules. These rules ensure your network traffic will not flow through the IPs you specified.

  1. Log into your router with your router IP. Some sample IP addresses are 192.168.0.1, 192.168.0.1, and 192.168.1.254
  2. Go to Setup > Advanced Routing
  3. Fill in the following:
    1. Router Name: enter a name of your choice
    2. Destination IP: 8.8.8.8
    3. Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.255
    4. Gateway: the IP address of your router. If you get an error, try changing the last digit of the router’s IP address e.g. 192.168.1.1 > 192.168.1.2
  4. Click on Save Settings
  5. Repeat steps 1-4, but enter 8.8.4.4 for the Destination IP
  6. 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.
  7. If you’re on Windows, open your Command Prompt. If you’re on Mac, open your Terminal.
  8. Enter ping 8.8.8.8 and ping 8.8.4.4 (and the other IPs you blocked).
  9. The ping tests should fail (returning errors such as “Timed Out” or “Destination Host Unreachable”). If you get a response, check that you have performed the steps above correctly. If the problem persists, reboot your router and repeat the steps.

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

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