Linksys routers enable your computers to share internet or wifi. And while Linksys is among the most popular routers in the world, that does not mean everyone knows how to do a Linksys router setup. Most routers come with software designed to help users configure their routers according to one’s needs or preferences. On the other hand, one can also configure the router’s features by using the default IP address, as long as there is internet connection available.
One of the most-searched how-to article in terms of Linksys router setup is the one involving the Linksys WRT54G.
This router supports the 802.11g, a and b and a throughput of about 54 MB per second. Linksys WRT54G, when purchased, has default security recommendations in its installation CD (which is included in the package if you purchase it new).
How to do a Linksys Router SetUp (Linksys WRT4G)
1. Power up the router and allow it to go through initialization.
2. Find an Ethernet cable and insert it into the modem jack.
3. Put the Ethernet cable into the jack marked “Internet” on the router.
4. Plug another Ethernet cable into your laptop and into one of the Ethernet cable ports on your router.
5. Fire up any internet browser and enter 192.168.1.1 in the address bar and then Press “Enter”.
6. Enter the word “admin” for both username and password.
7. On the Setup page, rename your router according to your preference to easily distinguish it from other routers in your location. Then click “Save settings” and then click “Continue”.
8. Go to the “Wireless” tab at the Linksys Router Setup screen and change the SSID to a name of your choice (you can also use the same name you did in the previous step).
9. Disable the Wireless SSID Broadcast and save. Then, continue on to the next step.
10. Go to the top of the screen where you will find the option “Wireless Security.” Click for the drop-down menu and then click “WEP”. Select 128 bits 26 hex digits and then key in a password of your choice.
11. Click Generate and Save. If you’re using a MAC computer and wish to use MAC filtering, you can also select Wireless MAC Filter, which can be found at the top of the set-up menu.
Other popular Linksys routers:
This Linksys model comes with a USB port for shared storage as well as a 2.0 USB port that can be used for external network storage. It also and supports dual band N at 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz and a 450 MB per second throughput.
This model supports secure gues access and features a Wireless N, 2.4 Ghz band and Ethernet ports of 10/100 MB per second.