This guide will cover a general initial Linksys Wireless Router Install & Setup since this initial setup is almost the same for all types of Linksys Wireless Routers.
- Choose carefully and purchase a Linksys Wireless Router, considering the features You demand your needs.
- Unpack the router package box and grab the main router body and attach the antennas to it. These are the wireless broadcast antennas, so be sure to mount them properly! On that depends the Wireless signal strength and quality!
- Place the Linksys router on the place where it will be located. Best locations are open ones, without surrounding strong metal (a signal can’t pass through metal).
- Grab your Ethernet cable from which You receive Internet till now and plug it on the back of the Linksys Wireless Router in the “Internet” or “WAN” port (these are the two used variations of that port’s name)
- Grab an Ethernet cable (most routers come packed with one) and plug one of its end to Your computer and the other end into one of the available ports of the Linksys Wireless router. You can choose any port except the one labeled “WAN” or “Internet“, because as explained in step 4 of this guide, where you plug the cable from which you receive Internet.
- Grab the electrical adapter from the router package and attach it to the back of the Linksys Wireless router. You can’t mistake the wholes, as there is only one that fits it.
- Plug the router into an electrical outlet to start it and some lights on its front should start flashing.
- Wait few seconds for the power lights to stop flashing, at which time the router is finished up with booting. Now your Linksys Wireless Router is ready for use!
- Now you are ready to do the actual Linksys Wireless Router Setup.
- If you don’t have your computer running, turn it on. If your network card is set up to obtain IP addresses automatically, simply disconnect it and reconnect it so it obtains IP address from the router. If you don’t have your network card setup to obtain IP addresses automatically, simply go to its settings and choose that option.
- Once you are connected to an IP address from your router, open your web browser and type http://192.168.1.1/ into the address bar and hit “Enter” on your keyboard. That’s the web administration panel for your Linksys Wireless router. Any time you need to configure something, you need to visit that address.
- Your browser should ask you for username and password since the router’s administration panel is password protected. The default startup logins are:
password: blank (do not enter anything for password)
If you can’t log in with these login credentials, look for the right ones in the instructions manual book that came with your Linksys router package.
- Once inside the administration panel, look for “Setup”. There you configure how the router connects to the Internet.
- Once you found the Setup, the first thing to do is choosing your connection type. Choose DHCP for cable modems, or PPPoE for DSL modems. If you are unsure what to choose, consult with your ISP.
- Find the “Wireless Settings” or something alike to configure your router’s Wireless behavior. Type an SSID to identify your router when you scan for wireless networks from the devices that you will connect to it. Choose a password, so in order for someone to connect to your Wireless router, it will ask for a password.
- Reboot the router – either do it from the administration panel if there is such option or simply disconnect the router from the electricity, wait for 5 seconds and then plug it. Routers need to be restarted when their Internet or Wireless settings change.
- That’s it. If you did all fine, you should be able to connect to the Linksys router wirelessly. Grab your wireless device, scan for wireless networks, identify your Linksys router by the SSID you assigned to it and connect.
This is the basic and enough setup that’s needed to get your Linksys router working, so do not play with the rest tons of features you will see in the administration area if you aren’t experienced!