How to block specific IP addresses on Netgear 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 Netgear 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 Netgear router, you’ll need to set static route rules. These rules ensure your network traffic will not flow through the IPs you specified.

Note: These instructions were tested on a Netgear JWNR2010v5 router and may not apply for some other Netgear routers.

  1. With your router connected to the internet, go to 10.0.0.1 (or 10.0.0.2 or 10.0.0.0). 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 admin and password. You can check this on some models by looking at the bottom of the router.
  3. At the top of the page, click the ADVANCED tab.netgear advanced tab
  4. On the left, under Advanced Setup, click Static Routes.netgear static routes
  5. Click Add.netgear add static routes
  6. Add the following to the route list:
    1. Route Name: <something to help you recognize this route>
    2. Destination IP Address: 8.8.8.8
    3. Netmask: 255.255.255.255
    4. Gateway: <your router IP> (e.g. 10.0.0.1)
    5. Metric: 2
  7. Your screen should look like this:netgear enter route details
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Repeat steps 5 to 8 using the following:
    1. Route Name: <something to help you recognize this route>
    2. Destination IP Address: 8.8.4.4
    3. Netmask: 255.255.255.255
    4. Gateway: <your router IP> (e.g. 10.0.0.1)
    5. Metric: 2
  10. 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.
  11. If you’re on Windows, open your Command Prompt. If you’re on Mac, open your Terminal.
  12. Enter ping 8.8.8.8 and ping 8.8.4.4 (and the other IPs you blocked).
  13. 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.
  14. 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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