Are you trying to configure your new Linksys router in your home? You will want to ensure that you configure it in the correct manner to stop unwanted users and safeguard your personal information. Setting your router and running it takes only a few minutes.
This guide will help you set up your Linksys wireless router.
Accessing the setup menu
- Connect using the internet
When you start to configure your router, connect it to your PC through an Ethernet cable. This will make sure that you remain connected even if there are changes on the wireless network. Launch a browser and feed in the address of your router into the address bar.
Generally, all the Linksys routers can be accessed through the address 192.168.1.1. Therefore, if you can’t access the router from the browser, perhaps the web management may be switched off. If this is the case hold and press the reset button on your router to factory reset it.
- Enter your username and password
When accessing your router via the web, you will have to provide your username and password of your router. However, routers vary a lot. However, information about defaults should be listed in the documentation.
If it’s not available, you can factory reset your router and then check the model of the router on the web. Many default usernames are ‘’admin’’ and password may be blank or have the same values as the username.
- Use configuration software
The latest version of Linksys routers feature an installation disk that can install a configuration software. This let you adjust the settings without using the internet. You don’t have to use your username or password.
Once you launch the configuration program, the menu will be similar to that of the browser.
Setting up the wireless network
- Click on the wireless lab
When you open the setup utility, you will be directed to the Basic Setup page. You can choose to adjust the settings or not, but it’s really not necessary, the default settings are just okay, unless you are directed otherwise by your ISP.
Once you click the wireless tab, you will be directed to the Basic Wireless Settings section. On this page, you will be allowed to create your wireless network and secure it. It is also crucial to adjust the default settings for security purposes.
- Name your network
In the ‘’ Basic Wireless Settings’’ page, there is a field that is named ‘’ Wireless Network Name. This is the initial name of your device and it will appear that way on other wireless devices. Ensure that you don’t share any vital information as someone can see it.
You can let the Channel and the Network Mode in default, unless directed otherwise by your ISP.
- Switch on the broadcast
Click on the part written ‘’ Enable’’ to activate the ‘’ Wireless SSID Broadcast’’. This will in turn, switch on the wireless network and it can now be discovered. Once you finish, click on the ‘’ Save Settings’’ button.
- Secure your network
Click on the ‘’ Wireless Security’’ part to open the security options. Once it’s opened, you will be able to set the password as well as the security encryption.
- Security mode
Set the security mode to WPA2 if you want to. This is the latest code for encryption and a secure way to safeguard your network. However, certain devices don’t support WPA2. If your printer or other devices are not compatible with the mode, switch to WEP or WPA.
This is the code that other users will have to enter if they wish to access your network. Ensure that you create a very strong password that other people cannot easily hack.
- Save your settings
Save all the changes you have made once you are done. The router will apply all the new changes and reboot, and it will be active and secure.
- ‘’Applications and Gaming’’
If you have software that require access to particular ports, you will have to open them through the configuration of your router.
To open the ports, you need to know the IP address for the device that run the program.
The next thing you need to do is to enter the port forwarding details. Enter the information on the ‘’Port Range Forwarding’’ part of the Application and Gaming tab.
In the Application space, type the name of the application. You can type whatever you want, because this is only for your reference.
- Choose the start and ending port
Ensure that you only type in a port if you are instructed to by the application. Open ports are extremely delicate and they can risk your network. However, if you want to open one port, type in the same port in the ‘’Start’’ and ‘’End’’ spaces.