How to block specific IP addresses on TP-Link 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 TP-Link router:

  1. With your router connected to the internet, go to 192.168.2.1 (or 192.168.1.1 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 admin and admin.
  3. On the left side menu, click Advanced Routing.tp-link advanced routing
  4. Click Add New…tp-link add new
  5. Add the following to the route list:
    1. Network/Host IP: 8.8.8.8
    2. Netmask: 255.255.255.255
    3. Gateway: <your router IP>  (e.g. 192.168.2.1)
    4. Status: Enabled
  6. Your screen should look like this:tp-link add route
  7. Click Save.
  8. Repeat steps 4 to 7 using the following:
    1. Network/Host IP: 8.8.4.4
    2. Netmask: 255.255.255.255
    3. Gateway: <your router IP>  (e.g. 192.168.2.1)
    4. Status: Enabled
  9. 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.
  10. If you’re on Windows, open your Command Prompt.
  11. 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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