How to Setup a Linksys Router?
Linksys is the most trusted and used brand when it comes to Wi-Fi routers and extenders. Despite of such popularity, some users find it difficult to setup the Linksys routers and extenders. There are different models of Linksys routers and extenders which can be setup using the wired as well wireless setup.
Most popular Linksys Routers
The WRT54G has been one of the most popular models of Linksys routers sold supporting the 802.11g, b, and a standard with max throughput rates of up to 54 MB/second. When it was releases initially it had some flaws, which resulted in its decreased popularity. But, the Linksys made few changes and subsequently addressed all the issues by giving a firmware update for this router. When we purchase this router, we get an installation compact disc in the same box in which it comes in and it also have all the security recommendations.
The Linksys WRT610N was the first dual band router manufactured by Linksys. It has many other latest features which we could not find on any other brand. The Linksys WRT610N supports the 2.5ghz and 5ghz bandwidth simultaneously as result it is able to handle more traffic without compromising in the bandwidth which is best suited for high-end gaming and HD or 4K videos streaming.
The Linksys e4200 router is able to deliver us speeds up to 450mbs by using the 2.5ghzand 5 ghz bandwidths simultaneously. We could share our media with the ethernet port at its back. It also uses the latest wireless standard that is 90211.n, g, b, and a which help a lot in increasing its performance.
Other Popular Linksys Routers:
Linksys e2000 – Dual band, Several ethernet ports and USB port.
Linksys e1000 –Dual band, secure guest access and all the four ethernet ports support high speed functionality.
Linksys WRt54gl – WPS functionality, Wireless G and access filtering.
Linksys wrt300n –Multiple Ethernet ports, USB port for media sharing, and a 256-bit security.
Linksys Router Configuration Interface:
The Linksys router configuration interface is simple and easy. The Linksys router could be easily setup on web. We just have to connect the Linksys router to our router with the help of Ethernet cable and we have to type in 192.168.1.1 on the address bar of any web browser. After that, the setup will get started. We just have to fill in the username and password field which will be shown to us on the screen. We have to the username field blank and in the password field, we just have to put “admin”. After that, we just have to click on the setup option. There would be other options as well on the screen as well which we have discussed below:
Setup– The setup option is to setup the Linksys router, to reach DHCP service, DDNS, And all the other router features.
Wireless– This option will send us to all the wireless settings, MAC filtering and all other advanced wireless settings.
Security– Configuration of the router’s firewall and VPN feature.
Access Restriction–This is to put limit on the internet traffic, internet hosts and network computers.
Application and Gaming – This option lets us to make changes in settings required to run applications and games through Linksys router.
Status–It shows our home Wi-Fi network name, its signal strength and the router status.
How to Setup a Linksys Router?
The Linksys WRT54G router is most used router my Linksys due to great features and ease of use. It has many features which we will not get in any other router under the price rang in which the Linksys WRT54G comes. The setup of Linksys WRT54G is easy and described below:
Linksys WRT54G Setup
Step 1 – We have to plug in the Linksys router in any power outlet and power it on.
Step 2 – Plug in the one end of the ethernet cable at the back of router or the modem.
Step 3 –The other end of the Ethernet cable should be at the back of any laptop or desktop computer.
Step 4 –Open any web browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on the laptop or desktop computer.
Step 5 – Put 192.168.1.1 on the address bar of that web browser on the laptop or desktop computer and search it.
Step 6 – Put “admin” in both of the username and pass fields on your screen.
Step 7 –Choose a different name for your router other than the default name to avoid any confusion between the same routers in your neighborhood.
Step 8 – After making all the settings as per your needs, click on the save option.
Step 9 – Select the “wireless” option at the left top of your Linksys router settings screen.
Step 10 – Change the Wi-Fi network name or network SSID which you want to set for your home Wi-Fi network name.
Step 11 – Disable the “Wireless SSID broadcast” and click the continue option at the bottom.
Step 12 – Click on the “Wireless security” option located at the right top.
Step 13 – Select the “security mode” option and choose “web” over there. Then, select any strong password for your Wi-Fi network.
Step 14 – Click on the “Generate” option followed by clicking on “save settings” option.
Step 15 – Click on the “continue” option. You could also select WPA encryption if your devices support that.
Step 16 –For enabling MAC filtering Select the “Wireless MAC filter” option on the router setup menu.
Step 17 –Click the “Edit MAC Filter List” option and enter the MAC address of your every address over there and then, click “save settings” option and continue.
Step 18 – Select the “Administration” option.
Step 19 –Change the default password for accessing the Linksys router settings and click “save settings option”.
Linksys e4200 Setup
Step 1 – Plug in the Linksys e4200 into any power outlet and power it on.
Step 2 – Connect one end of the Ethernet cable at he back of your Linksys e4200 router at the back.
Step 3 – Then, connect the ethernet cable at the LAN port of your laptop or Desktop computer.
Step 4 –Insert the compact disc into the drive of your laptop or the desktop computer.
Step 5 –Accept the agreement o your screen and click on the “Next” option.
Step 6 – Put all the details which needed over there and click “Next” to finish the router setup.
Step 7 – Put 192.168.1.1 on the address bar of any web browser on your laptop or desktop computer.
Step 8 – Put “admin” on the both the fields of username and password.
Step 9 –Click on the “Setup” option followed by the “Basic setup” option.
Step 10 – Select the “Internet setup” option and enter the connection specifics.
Step 11 – If connecting via DSL, find out if the ISP uses PPPOE.
Step 12 – Activate the “Keep Alive” menu option to “Connect on demand”.
Step 13 –Click on the “Wireless” option followed by clicking on the “Basic wireless settings” option.
Step 14 – Select the “Wi-Fi protected setup” to set it up automatically.
Step 15 –While following manual setup, select the wireless standards to support under the 5Ghz and 2.4ghz network options.
Step 16 – you could disable the SSID broadcast to keep the Wi-Fi network name more secure.
Step 17 – To choose the security type click on the “wireless” option followed by “wireless security” and select from WEP, WPA personal, WPA 2, WPA Mixed mode.
Step 18 – You could allow “guest access” to use internet using the 2.4ghz.
Step 19 – MAC filtering could be enabled if needed.
Step 20 – we could change advance options by clicking on the “advance settings”.
Step 21 – A hard drive will be needed to enable the network storage and that should be connected to Linksys router.
Step 22 – At last save the settings and all the configurations will be saved.
Firmware of Linksys router
Linksys always keep their devices up to dated. As a result, there are always router firmware updates time to time. All the Linksys routers and extenders have the feature inbuilt by which we could easily update the firmware without disconnection from the internet. To update the firmware, we have to click on the” Administrative” option on the router screen. Over there, we have to click on the “Firmware Upgrade” option. We can check any time if, there is update for the firmware or not and if it is there, we could easily upgrade the firmware by clicking on that option. By Updating the firmware, we will always be benefited with the better performance of
our Linksys router
Resetting the Linksys router
Sometimes, we forget our Wi-Fi passwords as well as password need to access the router settings. As a result, we are not able to connect any new device with Wi-Fi neither we are able to change any settings on our router. To solve this problem, the only option we left with is to reset the Linksys router. Belo, we have discussed how to reset a Linksys router:
Step 1 – Press and hold the reset button at the back
of Linksys router for 10 to 15 seconds.
Step 2 – When all the lights start flashing on the Linksys router, release the reset button.
Step 3 –Connect the Linksys router and the laptop or desktop computer with the help of an ethernet cable
Step 4 – Enter 192.168.1.1 on the address bar of any browser on the laptop and search it.
Step 5 – Put “admin” on both of the username and password field.
Step 6 – Follow the instructions on the screen and at last the Linksys router will start working as per the new settings you would have applied this time.