Router mode: Manage port forwarding to a
local server for services and applications
If the access point/router is in router mode, and if a server is part of your network, you
can allow certain types of incoming traffic to reach the server. For example, you might
want to make a local web server, FTP server, or game server visible and available to the
The access point/router can forward incoming traffic with specific protocols to computers
on your local network. You can specify the servers for applications and you can also
specify a default DMZ server to which the access point/router forwards all other incoming
protocols (see Router mode: Set up a default DMZ server on page 76).
Note: The information in this section and subsections does not apply if the access
point/router is in access point mode.
Router mode: Forward incoming traffic for a default service
You can forward traffic for a default service or application to a computer on your network.
To forward incoming traffic for a default service or application:
1. Decide which type of service, application, or game you want to provide.
2. Find the local IP address of the computer on your network that will provide the
The server computer must always receive the same IP address. To specify this setting,
use the reserved IP address feature (see Router mode: Manage reserved LAN IP
addresses on page 118).
3. Open a web browser from a computer or mobile device that is connected to the
access point/router network.
4. Enter http://www.routerlogin.net in the address field.
If you are not connected to the access point/router network but to the same network
as the access point/router, enter the IP address that is assigned to the access
point/router. If you do not know the IP address, see Find the IP address of the access
point/router on page 29.
The Sign-In page displays. You are prompted to sign in with your NETGEAR account.
If the access point/router is not connected to the Internet, you are prompted to sign
in with the local login credentials (see Log in to the access point/router when it is
not connected to the Internet on page 28).
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