The Netgear Auto-Setup utility typically provides the router with all the information necessary for routing packets to the computers in a local area network. However, if you use an ISDN router, VPN hardware, or another Web device to connect to an external network, you must manually configure routing for these devices. Netgear routers support the use of static routes so that you can identify the devices connected to external IP networks and the addresses they should use. You need to have the following three things in order, to begin with the configuration process.
- The IP address of the remote network.
- Remote subnet mask.
- The static IP address of the network device
When you have these things with you, then you can proceed with the configuration process. Make sure to follow the steps in the same order in which they are mentioned.
- Connect the ISDN router, VPN hardware, or another network device to the Netgear router with an Ethernet cable, if you have not already done so.
- Go to one of the computers connected to the Netgear router and open a browser. Type “192.168.0.1” in the address bar and press “Enter.” Netgear router login administration page opens in the browser.
- Enter your router administrator username and password. If you do not change the default login credentials of the Netgear router, enter “admin” and “password” as the username and password.
- Click “Advanced” in the Netgear control panel, and then select “Static Routes”.
- Click the “Add” button on the static routes screen. Enter a descriptive name for the hardware device in the “Route Name” field, such as “ISDN Router Route” or something similar.
- Enable the “Private” and “Active” options by clicking the checkboxes to place check marks on them.
- Enter the IP address of the remote network in the “Destination IP Address” field. Enter the subnet mask address for the remote network in the “Subnet Mask IP” field.
- Enter the static IP address of the hardware device in the “Gateway IP Address” field.
- Type “2” in the “Metric” field if the Netgear hardware device and router are the only two devices between your computer and the remote network.
- Click the “Apply” button to display the static route table with the new routing entry. Exit the Netgear control panel and use your network device normally.
Now, you will be able to access a static route on your Netgear Router, however, if that doesn’t happen, then you should re-check the steps that you have followed, just in case, you missed any. If you are sure that you have gone through each and every step, then you will have to bring experts in, as only they can solve this problem for you.