How to Disable NAT Acceleration in my Router Settings

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Updated August 9, 2022

If you are experimenting with your wireless network, you may wonder how to disable NAT acceleration on a router. It’s not the same method as turning an old router into an access point. The best routers, after all, often allow for various settings adjustments, NAT acceleration among them. So why would you want to disable NAT acceleration on a router and how to do it? Keep reading to find out.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Network address translation (NAT) acceleration is a mode that speeds up Internet connections, but comes with risks as it could disable port forwarding, precise scheduling control, and certain parental controls.
  • If you are looking to disable NAT, start by accessing the admin panel or settings page of your router.
  • Once inside the admin panel, look for a settings page dedicated to NAT and turn the feature off.

Why Disable NAT Acceleration?

NAT acceleration is a specialized set of features and commands all tied up together within the router’s software. The intended purpose is to speed up Internet connections. This is different than extending the WiFi range. However, there can occasionally be side effects with certain devices, leading to dropped connections and shorter-than-average connection ranges. This leads many users to learn how to config a WiFi router so they can disable the feature.

How to Disable NAT on a Router

This process varies depending on the make and model of your router, though it is usually on the simpler side, such as when you are learning how to find a router’s MAC address and other simple tasks. In that spirit, we have kept these guidelines as universal as possible.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Tools: Router, modem, computer for settings adjustment, Ethernet cable
  • Steps: 4

STEP 1

Check to ensure that you have a valid Internet connection. Your router should be powered on and connected via Ethernet cable to your satellite modem or cable modem. Your modem should be broadcasting a strong Internet signal and your router should be wirelessly transmitting that signal to all connected devices.

STEP 2

Access your router’s settings via the approved methods. This varies from router to router, so check the instructions if you have them or perform a quick web search.

STEP 3

These settings are typically accessed by entering your router’s IP address in a web browser address bar. The IP address is often labeled on a sticker on the exterior of the router. You can also use firmware for this task or a dedicated mobile device app.

STEP 4

Once you are in the settings admin panel, look for a settings page dedicated to NAT acceleration. If it says “on” click it to “off.” That’s it. Restart the router to ensure that the settings went into place and then go about your day.

Insider Tip

You can use these same steps to adjust just about any setting with your router.

F.A.Q.S

How to configure router ports for Skype?

Have your public IP address, otherwise known as public address, ready and enter them to gain access to the router’s settings. Change up the router ports for Skype as indicated.


How to change firewall port numbers on your computer?

If you are looking to change firewall port numbers or engage in port forwarding, have your router login and public IP address handy and use them to enter the router’s settings page. There is a range of ports available for firewalls.


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DNA is a networking standard that is different from Bluetooth, though it is great for an intense gaming session or playing on a game console.



STAT: If NAT is turned off, the device will work on pure-router mode which can transmit data only. (source)

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