How to Enable Flow Control on a Router

Not all routers allow you to configure flow control. In fact, most routers do not. Flow control is mainly a function of a network switch. However, some models of routers, like those with built-in switch capabilities (known also as a “smart switch”), will allow the user to set flow control for each port or device connected to the network. Linksys and Netgear both manufacture routers with the smart switch capabilities.

Things You’ll Need

Router with smart switch capabilities

Follow These Steps to Enable Flow Control on a Router

  • Open a Web browser, and type the IP address for the administrative page into the URL input box. Press “Enter.” To access the Netgear or Linksys/Cisco administrative page, try 198.162.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 as the IP address. If this IP address does not open a log-in prompt, consult your router’s user manual.
  • Type the Administrator user ID and password into the log-in box, and click “Log In.” The main page of the administrative interface opens.
  • Click the “Port Configuration” option in the left navigation panel in the Netgear interface. The Port Settings page opens. Flow control is set for each connected device. Click “Device Setup” in the Linksys menu, and then click the “QoS Controls” option. The Quality of Service page opens.
  • Click the “ID” number link for the connected device in the Netgear interface. The configuration page for the device opens. In the Linksys interface, each port is listed, and the flow control is enabled or disabled for each port.
  • Click the “Flow Control” drop-down box, and click “Enable” in both the Netgear and Linksys interfaces. Flow Control is enabled for the connected device or port. Click the “Apply” button. The Flow Control updates are saved.
  • Repeat for each connected device to enable flow control.
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