10 Router Features You May Not Know About

A router is a key element in organizing a home or corporate network. In addition to its main function, this device can perform many other very useful tasks. Filtering traffic, organizing IPTV work, collecting statistics and much more. We’ll go into more detail on useful features in your router that you may have overlooked.

Reassigning WAN to LAN Port
Thunderstorms are one of the most common causes of router failures. In some cases, the breakdown is limited to only one port – WAN, to which the Internet cable is connected. This problem can be solved quite simply, even without analyzing the design. In most routers, you can reassign the WAN to any other LAN port. This allows the router to be fully used again.

This is done in the device web interface. You can choose which of the LAN ports will act as the WAN. Given that most users always have a free port, this feature will help save money on the purchase of a new router. This feature is commonly referred to as “mirroring”, “forwarding” or “virtual port”.

USB port functionality
Some router models are equipped with one or even two USB ports. It is not necessary that the device is from a high price category – you can find budget models with this design feature in stores.

USB can perform one of several functions:

Connecting removable media. Many do not know, but it is easy to connect a USB flash drive or even a full-fledged HDD to a router through an appropriate docking station. Thanks to this, all devices on the network will have access to information from the carrier. At the same time, you do not have to worry about organizing access.
Using a 3G / 4G modem or smartphone. If you have lost the Internet, then you can use the mobile network. You can connect a modem or phone via USB, providing network access to all devices on your home local network.

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FTP server. It can also be organized through the USB port of the router, while all network users will have access to the server, and with additional settings, it is possible to organize restriction of rights and access from outside. This approach saves space on the computer, since the FTP server will be directly on the removable USB drive.
Connecting a network printer. What if you have multiple computers that need to share the printer? It is not at all necessary to make a LAN connection – use the USB on the router itself. At the same time, even laptops connected via Wi-Fi will have access to the printer.

Webcam connection. On some routers via USB, you can set up a broadcast from a webcam, which will be available to all users on the network.
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If you still decide to take a router from USB, then pay attention to a few points. First, the router must support all of the above functions in software. For example, having a USB does not guarantee that you will be able to make an FTP server. Secondly, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the list of compatible modems and the maximum amount of connected drives in advance. For example, old routers do not work with disks or flash drives from 1 TB.

Auto download and torrent function
The presence of a USB port opens up another important function – autoload. The bottom line is that the router can be programmed to download a file or torrent, and then turn off the computer. The main advantage is that you can download bulk data overnight without wasting a PC or laptop that is connected to the network. The file you need will eventually be downloaded to the connected USB drive. As a rule, the “offline download” mode can be enabled in the USB settings section.

In the advanced settings, you can set the speed limit, schedule, and other parameters. In this case, the downloaded files can be immediately available to all devices on the home network.

The built-in torrent client will also come in handy if you plan to conduct any distribution around the clock. Then you don’t have to keep the computer turned on all the time.

Some models may have a built-in speed limit for downloading torrents to ensure stable operation of the device.

WPS function
Is it possible to connect the device to Wi-Fi if you have forgotten the password and do not want to access the web interface? Easy – just use WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup). Users need to press the corresponding button on both devices, after which pairing will take place. When WPS is turned on, mobile gadgets can connect to Wi-Fi automatically.

The WPS button can be RESET at the same time, so before using it, read the instructions on how to press it.

Repeater, access point and wireless bridge functions
One router is often not enough to cover a large area, especially if you live in a large private house or multi-room apartment. If you have a second router lying around at home, then with a high probability you can make a full-fledged access point out of it.

These modes can be of two types:

Access point mode. The second router connects via LAN to the first and becomes an additional point to which users can connect. This does not change the password and SSID.
WDS bridge mode. Unlike the previous option, two routers are connected to each other via Wi-Fi, so the second device must be within the coverage area of ​​the first. Suitable for those who do not want or cannot pull a network cable between routers.

All settings are made in the web interface. On some models of routers, to use the access point mode, you will have to set the ip-address manually and disable the DHCP server.

Access restriction function
Almost all modern routers have parental controls. This is an extremely useful feature if you have children. In the settings, you can specify a list of prohibited addresses and for which specific devices these sites will be inaccessible.

It is much more convenient and faster than setting up locks on each individual device. Also, parental control will be useful in the corporate sector if you need to restrict employees’ access to entertainment content.

IPTV and DNLA functions
If you are not satisfied with the list of available channels on your TV or you want to watch TV with convenience on your computer, then the IPTV function will be useful. The router can broadcast a TV signal both via cable and Wi-Fi. As a rule, it is enough just to enable multicast (multicast routing) in the router settings. In IPTV, users can customize the channel list to their liking.

Another useful feature is a media server through the Digital Living Network Alliance (DNLA). Using a USB storage device connected to your router, you can create a library of movies or music. All gadgets on the network will have access to it. This is true when you have multiple smart devices.

QoS traffic priority function
With the advent of smart things, more and more devices are connecting to home Wi-Fi. They often cause slight inconvenience, taking away a significant portion of the traffic. Quality of Service will allow you to set priorities, thereby distributing bandwidth. The router will give more bandwidth to specific destinations, taking into account the current priorities.

Detachable antenna
On many W-Fi routers, the design allows you to replace the antenna, and with a model with a different gain. This opens up addinal possibilities in creating a home wireless network. For example, on the territory of a private house, you can organize a connection between two remote routers if they are in line of sight to each other. To do this, it is enough to choose an antenna with the appropriate gain – 8-9 dbi.

Control of connected devices
How do you know if a neighbor or other outsider has connected to your Wi-Fi? In fact, no specialized programs are required – everything you need is already in the web interface of your router. To do this, just go to the “Wireless networks” section and find the corresponding menu. The router will show the current IP and MAC address of the connected devices, as well as their name, if possible. This will allow you to quickly find a traffic thief.

You can always find out the MAC addresses of your devices in the settings. In laptops – through the properties of the wireless adapter, and on mobile devices – in the properties of Wi-Fi.