How to Reduce Speed on a Netgear Router

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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.

1 Navigate

Navigate to "" or "" (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.

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.

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

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

  • The options provided in the "Mode" menu may vary depending on the model of your Netgear. Avoid selecting modes supporting only Wireless-G and Wireless-B, as these modes may conflict with newer wireless cards or prevent the use of certain security options.
  • Technically, Wireless-N has a theoretical maximum throughput of 300 Mbps, but this speed only can be reached in an optimal environment. Consumer routers typically operate at 150 Mbps or below.

Ruri Ranbe has been working as a writer since 2008. She received an A.A. in English literature from Valencia College and is completing a B.S. in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Ranbe also has more than six years of professional information-technology experience, specializing in computer architecture, operating systems, networking, server administration, virtualization and Web design.