How To Use a LinkSys Router

Linksys routers have guides to help you set them up, but new users may still find it difficult to follow. Here is a simplified guide on how to use a Linksys router.

Required Tools and Materials

  • Ethernet cables
  • DSL or cable Internet connection
  • Linksys wireless router

Step 1

Select a Linksys router. These have different specifications, so choose one that matches your computing requirements and need.

Step 2

Connect the antennas on to the Linksys wireless router. Put the router in a central area. Make certain that it is encompassed by steel. Signals cannot be transmitted if there is metal. Make sure that the router is situated so the distance between the computers is the same. This is necessary for a stable and good connection.

Step 3

To learn how to use a Linksys router, you have to place the Ethernet cable on the port marked “internet”. This is on the rear of the Linksys router.

Step 4

Now you have to link up the router to a computer. To do this, plug the Ethernet cable onto the Ethernet port. This will be on the computer. Link the other end on the ports. This is on the rear of the router. You can select any port but the one marked WAN.

Step 5

Insert the router in the electrical outlet. When the light stops flashing, it means the router has finished booting. Note that the power light will continue to blink. This may take several minutes.

Step 6

Reboot the computer. This will allow the computer to access the IP address via the router through the DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol).

Step 7

Launch the web browser and type in “http://192.168.1.1/ ” (minus the quotes) on the address bar. Press the Enter key.

Step 8

A dialog box will pop up asking for your username and password. Leave the password blank. Type “admin” (no quotes) in the username
field.

Step 9

Log on to the Internet and click “Internet Setup”. Choose the right connection from the menu. Select “PPPoE” for DSL modems and “DHCOP” for cable modems. Refer to your ISP if you are unsure of what settings have to be utilized here.

Step 10

Set up a service set identifier (SSID) for changing the password and router identification.

Step 11

Use the Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP) key to encrypt the wireless connection. Make a passphrase in “Wireless Security” and click “Generate”. The setup is now complete.

That is all you need to know on how to use a Linksys router. After
you make the password, clients hooked up to your router will be required to use that password. Once everything is setup, keep the WEP password and settings in a file.

Bob Evans writes on topics such a Linksys router setup and resetting a Linksys router password for the Tech-FAQ.