Linksys router setup

Linksys router setup process is very easy and of course you can do it manually. You don’t even need to run the installation CD or any kind of software such as Cisco connect. Connect the modem and the computer to the Ethernet port on the router. Open the setup page and change the settings manually. Seems very easy process.

Basic steps are listed below. We will go through these steps in detail. The setup process will be same for almost all the Linksys routers (WRT54G WRT120N, WRT160N, E1000, E1200, E2000, E3000 and so on…). Follow the simple steps below and you will  get your router up and running in minutes.

  1. Make sure that internet service provider’s modem is working properly.
  2. Make connections between Modem – Router – Computer
  3. Open the Linksys router setup page.
  4. Change the Internet connection settings according to your Internet service provider (cable/DSL)
  5. Get your Main computer up and running on Internet.
  6. Change the Wireless settings on the router and get all the wireless devices and computers connected.

Cable/DSL routers are very easy to install. You just need to access the Linksys router setup page and change the Internet connection settings manually. Configuration page is the page where you can change the settings. You can open this page when your computer is connected with the Ethernet cable. Make sure that while changing the settings, your computer should be connected with the Ethernet cable. Do not change the settings when your computer is wireless.

Lets Do it Step by Step below

Follow the easy steps:

Step 1: First make sure that your modem is working. Connect your main computer directly to the modem. Make sure that your main computer is able to access Internet directly through the modem. If you are not able to access internet directly through the modem then contact your service provider and get your modem working first.

In case of DSL connection, you may not be able to access the Internet directly through the modem. In this case you must have PPPoE User name and password from the DSL company. Make sure that you have the correct PPPoE user name and password. if you do not have PPPoE user name and password then get in touch with your Internet service provider and get it.

I was using WRT54G for many years. This is a really very good  wireless G model. I was using DSL Internet connection at home. The connection was dropping always. I thought my device was dropping connection and I used to reinstall it again and again. I was very frustrated. On day I took it out from my WRT54G and connected my laptop directly to the modem. I found that my Internet modem was dropping the connection and I was blaming my WRT54G.

So, first make sure the modem is working fine.

Step 2: Connect the computer and modem to the Linksys router with the Ethernet cable. Connect the modem to the Internet port (which is standing alone ) and computer to the Ethernet port. If you connect the modem and computer to the wrong port, you will not be able to open the Linksys router setup page. If you have computer connected to the WAN port then it will not communicate with the Linksys router. Connection is very important. You will see 4 lights, Power, WAN, wireless and Ethernet.

Linksys Router setup

Linksys router setup :  Connections video

Small introductory video for connections to the router. Your device may look different but the connections will remain same.

Step 3: Open browser and in the address bar type the number . This is the default IP address of almost all the models. However you can open the command prompt and check the IP address on your computer.

Step 4: It will prompt you to enter the user name and password. The default password is admin. If the default password is not working then you can reset the device to the factory default. Press and hold the reset button for 30 seconds. Release the reset button and wait for 30 seconds. Power cycle the router.

You will see the setup page on your screen. You will see different tabs on this page. You may see slightly different setup page for different routers but the settings will remain same for all of them.

Setup page of the router

Step 5: Change the Network connection settings according to your service provider. For Cable service provider, you need to clone the MAC address of your main computer. For DSL Internet service, you may need to change the PPPoE settings or you may need to change the IP address.

Step 6: Try to go online on your main computer.

If you are not able to access the Internet on your main computer then you might have missed the connection settings.

Step 7: Once you are able to go online on the main computer, you can change the wireless network settings. Go to the wireless tab on the setup page. Change the wireless network name and enter the security password for your wireless network.

The WEP / WPA key is nothing but a password for your wireless network. If you keep it open or unsecured then any one can connect. They can use your Internet service for Free. To avoid this, you should have security enabled. Many routers come with unsecured factory default settings. For better connection, use WPA2 with AES encryption. WPA2 is a string security mode. WEP is now older security mode and can be cracked easily. Wireless network security is very important for your network.

Linksys router setup : Web-based Interface

Linksys Router Setup
Setup page where you can change the settings of your network

Step 10: Now try to connect to the new wireless network on your computers/devices. Wireless network connection on windows and MAC computers is really easy. First you will need to search for the SSID on your wireless computer. SSID is the name of your wireless network. Once you find the SSID, try to connect to the SSID. Enter the password and you will be able to access the Internet.

If you are still not able to setup your router then follow these very basic step by step Fix Home Network’s Easy setup Guide and install your Linksys router in few minutes. Use Fix Home Network’s FREE guide for easy Linksys router setup without installation CD. It is designed to work with almost all the models of Linksys wireless router

Linksys E1000, E2000, E3000, E4200 routers will broadcast 2 different SSIDs. One of them is the main SSID and the other is for guest access. In order to use Guest access, you need to install Cisco connect software.

How to upgrade Linksys router firmware:

Make sure that your Linksys router is running on latest firmware. If not then download the latest firmware from Linksys website and upgrade the firmware.

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