Setting up static routing between a router and another network

Static Routing is an advanced feature on Linksys routers that allows you to take control of the routing capability of the router.  This is not suitable for normal Internet usage since the router will not be able to automatically route addresses of websites.

NOTE:  By default, all Linksys routers are set to Dynamic Routing.  This will allow the router to automatically determine the address of the other routers to communicate with in order to get to the right destination.

This article will guide you on how to configure Static Routing on a Linksys router to communicate with another router.

•     Network ID 
      -   The network ID is the IP Address representing the entire network.
•     Subnet Mask
      -   The subnet mask is the network identifier.
•     Gateway
      -   The IP address of the gateway server that enables communication between the router and the remote network or host.
      -   Example:  WAN IP of the destination router.

NOTE:  Images may vary depending on the type of router you are using.

The following values are given as examples only; your network may have different TCP/IP information:

Router 1
Network ID:      
Subnet Mask:   
Default Gateway:

Router 2
Network ID:      
Subnet Mask:  
Default Gateway:

Static Routing on Linksys routers is useful when you are cascading routers and you want your computers to communicate, though they have a different IP address range.

NOTE:  All routes coming out of the WAN side of the router is dynamically routed unless you disable NAT and Dynamic Routing.

To setup Static Routing on a Linksys router:

Step 1:
Access the web-based setup page of your router.  For detailed instructions, click here.

Step 2:
On the Setup page, click Advanced Routing sub-tab.

Step 3:
On the NAT section, select Disabled.

NOTE:  This step is not applicable to the main router if you want to share Internet connection with the rest of the devices on the network.

Older Routers
Setting the Operating Mode to Router disables NAT while selecting the Gateway mode enables NAT.

NOTE:  If this router is hosting your network’s connection to the Internet, select Router.

Step 4:
Select Disabled for Dynamic Routing.

Older Routers

NOTE:  This option is not available if NAT is Enabled or if Operating Mode is Gateway.

Step 5:
Under Static Routing, enter the correct values according to the network information of your network devices:

QUICK TIP:  Make sure to enter the correct information on the fields below based on each item's function, otherwise, you will get “Invalid Static Route” error message.

•     Route Entries
      Choose the number of your Static Route. You can set up to twenty (20) static routes.

•     Enter Route Name 
      Using a maximum of 25 alphanumeric characters, enter your desired route name.

•     Destination LAN IP
      Enter the Network ID of the remote network or host to which you want to assign a static route to.  (Example: Enter “”)

•    Subnet Mask 
      Enter the Subnet Mask of the remote network. (Example: Enter “”)

      NOTE:  All Linksys routers are set to Class C subnet.

•     Gateway 
      Enter the WAN IP Address of the remote network.

      NOTE:  It is highly recommended to set Static IP on the WAN side of the routers for easy access.

•     Interface 
      Specify whether the Destination IP Address is either on the LAN & Wireless or the WAN (Internet).

NOTE:  If you choose LAN & Wireless, the static IP address you are setting goes to the LAN or local network of the router.  If you choose WAN, the static IP address gets routed to the WAN or the Internet part of the router.  However, most IP addresses coming out of the WAN or Internet part of the router depends on the configuration set by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Step 6:
Click the Show Routing Table button to view the Static Routes you have already set up.

Step 7:
Click Save Settings.

Now that you have set up Static Routing, you may ping IP Addresses of computers in the remote network to test if the Static Route is working.

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