Linksys Router Setup Page
Setting Up Linksys Wireless Router:
Setup requires that you configure 2 pages of information inside the router.
The Basic Settings Page, which tells the router how to talk with others routers on the LAN(Local Area Network), and the WAN(Wide Area Network).
And, the Wireless Settings Page, which stores information on how wireless devices connect to the router via WiFi.
Setting Up Linksys Wireless Router
The Basic Setup screen is the initial screen you will be looking at when access the router.
If your not familiar with logging into your router, begin with Linksys Router Access.
Basic Wireless Settings:
- On the starting page when setting up Linksys wireless router, click on the link labeled “Wireless” then on the tab labeled “Basic Wireless Settings”.
- In the section label “Configuration View” select “Manual”, and you’ll see several options appear below that we will cover so you understand how to use them properly.
- Network Mode:(settings)
If you use wireless 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n wireless enable devices on your wireless home network, use the “Mixed” setting.
If you only have 1 network standard of devices, then select the wireless standard all your devices use and that will be the only wireless standard that will function on your network.
If you want to disable wireless networking on your router and only use wired devices through its Ethernet ports, then select “Disabled”.
- Network Name (SSID):(settings)
The network name or (SSID) is the field where you will give your wireless network a name.
The name you choose is case sensitive and cannot exceed 32 characters in length.
When setting up Linksys wireless router try to avoid using spaces in your network SSID by connecting individual words. Instead of naming your network Smith Family, use SmithFamily instead, spaces can cause problems with naming conventions.
- Channel Width and Channel:(settings)
These options unless your very familiar with how the 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n networking protocols operate should be left in the “Auto” setting, to assure that your wireless functionality operates at its optimal performance.
- SSID Broadcast:(settings)
The ability to turn on and off the broadcasting of your wireless networks SSID is very nice feature that most home users don’t take advantage of.
Once you’ve given your wireless home network an SSID, and you’ve written it down for safe keeping. There’s no reason to broadcast its existence to everyone in your immediate area.
You can “Disable” it, and it wont show up when freeloaders are looking for an available network to connect to, adding another layer of protection to your wireless network.
- After you decide whether to disable your SSID, click on the “Save Settings” button on the bottom of the page.
- Now we need to setup wireless security for your home network, to keep other people from using your network for free.
- Click on the tab labeled “Wireless Security”.
This configures the security type of your wireless network. Your Linksys router supports these wireless security modes: WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode, WPA Personal, WPA2 Personal, WPA2/WPA Enterprise Mixed Mode, WPA Enterprise, WPA2 Enterprise, RADIUS, and WEP.
For the typical home wireless network, there are only 2 types which I would suggest using. WPA2 Personal, and WEP.
WPA2 Personal is the stronger security type of the two, and if your using wireless N networking products, they will only operate at G speeds if you choose the WEP security mode.
- After you choose your security mode, type in a password in the field labeled “Passphrase” that’s 8-63 character in length.
- This is the password you will use when connecting to your wireless network, so be sure you write down the SSID and password, and store it in a safe place for future use.
- Click on the “Save Settings” button on the bottom of the page and setting up Linksys wireless router is all finished!
That’s it! Your Linksys wireless router is ready to be attached to your Internet modem and have all your wireless enabled devices connect to your wireless home network.