Bought a new Netgear WiFi router but getting no internet error? Not to worry! This post will make you aware of the perfect remedy to fix this frustrating issue. Read on.
Some Internet Service Providers or ISPs permit only a definite number of PCs to connect to the internet by default. For this, they ‘lock’ the connection to the unique Media Access Control (MAC) address of your PC. MAC addresses are a unique number or identifier that comes with routers, modems, and other network hardware. In order to get rid of this issue, you have to configure your Netgear WiFi router to pretend to have the same MAC address as that of the ISP “authorized” PC, rather than its own. This process is known as “spoofing” the MAC address. Here’s how to configure MAC Spoofing on your Netgear wireless router to bypass the “locking” that your ISP has configured on your connection.
When Should You Configure MAC Spoofing?
MAC Spoofing will help you in the following situations:
- You have internet connectivity on one PC after setting up a new Netgear router, but your additional PCs are unable to connect
- No internet connection even after a successful setup through www.routerlogin.net
Find MAC Address of Your PC
Ensure that you are making use of the PC that works with your internet connection. Also, disconnect all other PCs from your Netgear wireless router. On the off chance if you are not able to do this, you will require to find the MAC address of your computer so that you can enter it into the router manually.
- MAC address is a 12-character hexadecimal number and includes A-F and 0-9 characters.
- You can find the MAC address on a sticker present on the bottom or back side of your PC.
Once done, go for the MAC Spoofing on your Netgear router.
Steps to Configure MAC Spoofing
Walk through the instructions mentioned below to configure MAC Spoofing on your Netgear WiFi router:
- Plug in your Netgear WiFi router to a power outlet and turn it on.
- Connect an Ethernet cable from the Internet Port of the router to the modem.
- Make sure that the port where the cable is connected is lit.
- Now, log in to you PC as admin and pull up an internet browser of your choice.
- Navigate to the default Netgear router login web page.
- Enter the username and password into the given fields.
- Afterward, click on the Log In button.
Note: In case you forgot the login credentials, then reset your Netgear router to the default factory settings and use the default username and passphrase for Netgear Nighthawk login.
- Once logged in, click on the Internet tab.
- After that, hit the No radio button.
- Under the Internet IP Address section, select the ‘Get Dynamically from ISP’ option.
- Click on the Apply button.
- In order to check the Internet IP Address, head over to the Administration > Router Status section.
- For older routers having the Smart Wizard UI, you can see the Router Status under the Maintenance tab.
- If the IP address is showing as 0.0.0.0, then power-cycle your home WiFi network once.
Done! You should now be able to receive an IP address from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and getting fast-speed internet connection from your Netgear WiFi router.