It’s easy with Safe Surfer to install an effective porn blocker on a NETGEAR router. Along with protecting your privacy, we also use our own behind-the-scenes technology to block porn and other harmful online content. This guide will efficiently walk you through how to install protection.

Pro tip: have an Orbi Wi-Fi mesh network? Visit our guide on how to install protection on an Orbi network.

Step 1: Install DNS

Enter the address into the top search bar of a web browser (such as Google Chrome or Firefox). If this isn’t the IP address of your NETGEAR router, check the rear or the bottom of the router for a sticker containing the router login details.

Type admin into the username box, and password into the password box. Click the “Sign in” button.

Click the Internet menu.

Under the “Domain Name Server (DNS) Address” section, click the button found next to Use These DNS Servers.

  1. For “Primary DNS”, type into the text boxes.
  2. For “Secondary DNS”, type into the text boxes.

Click the Apply button. Once the changes have been saved, click the Logout button found at the upper-right corner.

Verify the protection installation by visiting inside a web browser. This is a safe website designated for testing if pornographic websites are being blocked. This site should be blocked.

Step 2: Sync IP (optional)

The Safe Surfer dashboard gives you access to comprehensive parental controls. The dashboard has a feature where you can create custom block rules for your NETGEAR router.

Pro tip: this feature requires a Pro Surfer subscription and works best when you have a “static IP” (that is, a non-changing public IP address) with your Internet service provider. If you would like to use the sync IP feature rather than downloading our easy-to-use apps or getting a Wi-Fi Lifeguard router, contact your ISP regarding how to get a static IP.

Open the Devices menu (found on the left-hand sidebar) on the Safe Surfer dashboard. Click the “+ New Device” button.

Click Wi-Fi & network > Use my existing router. Enter a name, then click the Accept button.

Go back to the Devices menu and click the Connect button found under the device listing just made.

Click the Plain DNS field, then click the Link button. This will sync any custom block settings.

You can now open the Blocking menu, select the router device from the blue bubble, and block categories. Click the Save button once you’re done. These changes might take a minute to sync over.

Protection complete

Great work! The devices connected to this home router should now be protected. Visit our easy-to-use online dashboard to start monitoring traffic and blocking content from our premium categories with an affordable Pro Surfer subscription.

If you would like to protect a different kind of device, visit our Guides page.

Disclaimer: Safe Surfer Limited is in no way associated with Netgear, Inc.