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Ways To Enable UPnP on a NETGEAR® Router

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What is the need to enable UPnP on a NETGEAR router?

A router is a computer networking device that helps in transferring data in the form of packets. The router forwards data based on the address to which data needs to be sent. A wireless router is a device that transfers data wirelessly. UPnP stands for Universal Plug and Play. It is actually a set of networking protocols published by the UPnP forum. The basic role of the goals of Universal Plug and Play is to let devices to connect each other. UPnP enables seamless connectivity and therefore it simplifies the installation of software in your home, office or other network environments. This advanced feature is enabled by the means of employing Universal Plug and Play Device Control Protocols (DCP). DCP are based on open, Internet centered communication standards.

The need and reasons to enable UPnP for NETGEAR routers are:
  • Need to enable UPnP
  • Connecting to the router
  • Configuring the router

Need to enable UPnP

You may face some issues in plugging in a new network device, you may have trouble in installing the device and there are chances that you may encounter an unrecognized device error. UPnP is an advanced feature supported by some routers. This feature can help you to fix the trouble with plugging in a new network device. UPnP helps in automatically configuring the settings on your router for your UPnP device. To take the advantage of this feature you need to enable the UPnP on your router.

Connecting to the router

To enable UPnP for your router, you need to connect your router. You can do this by connecting an Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port at the back of your computer. Now you can plug in the other end of the Ethernet cable to the back of your routers Ethernet port. Make sure that you do not connect it to the port that is named ‘Internet’. You are now one step closer to getting UPnP enabled on your NETGEAR router.

Configuring the router

Now you will need to configure the router. For this you can launch your web browser and press ‘Enter’ after typing in the router IP address. The default IP address will be This will direct you to your NETGEAR routers configuration page. You can see the login screen next, here you can use your drop down menu and select ‘Administrator’ and leave the password blank, because no password is set by default. Now you can navigate to the ‘Advanced’ link that you can find at the top of the screen and you can find the ‘Enable UPnP’ option. After this, you can click on the check mark and then click on ‘Save Settings’, this can enable UPnP on your NETGEAR router.


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