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Article Summary

This article will teach you how to convert your WAN port into an extra LAN port and vice versa. Remember, a LAN port can provide internet FROM your Peplink router TO another device like a computer or printer. The WAN port provides internet FROM another internet source like a Starlink or another hotspot TO your Peplink router.


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How to change WAN to LAN and back to WAN

To start, let's identify what your WAN port is currently configured as. On your dashboard, look for the following:

If this is how it appears, your WAN port is configured as a WAN port. If it is configured as a LAN port, it will appear as follows:

If you do not see either of these, you may need to click "here" to reveal it as shown below:

Notice the VLAN WAN port. That is NOT your WAN port, but rather an optional additional WAN port you can enable with active Primecare warranty. To learn more about this, email us at

If you would like to turn your WAN port into an additional LAN port, navigate to Network>Port settings and click the pencil/paper icon for the WAN port you wish to edit (some routers have multiple WAN ports and you can identify which is which from the visual indicator shown below):

Notice how the port is showing no data for port type, VLAN Networks, and Speed. This is how it appears when it is set to WAN.

When you click on the icon, you will be prompted with the following window:

Select "Yes" to have the router auto-configure the port to LAN. This is how it will appear in the next window if it is set to LAN:

Confirm that it is set as shown above. You may give it a name like "LAN 2" if you would like, then save. You can check to see if it worked by looking for the following information to appear in the Port Settings page:

To undo the LAN configuration and bring the port back to a state of WAN, simply click the pencil/paper icon again and uncheck the "enable" box, then save:

As always, changes will not take effect until you click "Apply Changes," so be sure to do that when you make any of the changes discussed in this article:

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