Netgear routers can communicate with local devices using several different modes. The default mode, Wireless-N, transfers data at maximum rate of 150 megabits -- or about 19 megabytes -- per second. Older modes, like Wireless-G and Wireless-B, however, operate at speeds of about one-third of Wireless-N. If your computer lags when you download or upload files at fast speeds, you can, as a temporary solution, change the wireless mode on your Netgear router to slow down the data transfer rate.

Step 1

Navigate to "http://192.168.1.1" or "http://192.168.0.1" (without quotation marks) from your Web browser to access your router. Some models of Netgear use the former address, and others, the latter; try the second URL if the first doesn't work.

Step 2

Type your login credentials into the "User Name" and "Password" fields. If you haven't set up an administrative account on the device, use "admin" for the username and "password" for the password.

Step 3

Select "Wireless Settings" from under Setup and then choose "Up to 65Mbps b/g/n Mixed Mode" from the "Mode" drop-down menu.

Step 4

Click "Apply" to reduce the transmission speed of your router.