The LinkSys Router is one of the most popular options available. There are several model options users can choose, including WRT54G and the e4200, as well as several other less popular options. Each has its own unique method of setup, which can be somewhat challenging for first-time users. The steps for setting up a router are similar from model to model, but these are directions for two of the most popular options.
How to Setup a LynkSys WRT54G Router
This is one of the most popular router models and supports the 802.11g, b, and a standards. It has max throughput rates of up to 54 MB per second. It has been upgraded over the years to handle a range just as full as other 802.11g routers. The router comes with an installation CD using a configuration wizard with default security recommendations.
Begin by plugging the LinkSys router into a power source. It will power up and go through an initialization process that takes a few seconds. When it is completed, insert an Ethernet cable into the Cable modem port. Plug the Ethernet cable into the back of the router marked “Internet.” Now, plug a second Ethernet cable into the port on your laptop and the other into one of the ports on the router marked “1-4.”
Open your web browser on your laptop. Enter 192.168.1.1 into the address bar at the top of the screen and press the “enter” key. You will be prompted with a login box. Type “admin” for the login, and “admin” for the password. Now, change the “Router Name” on the “Setup” page. There will be a default entry. Choose what you would like to call your connection to distinguish it from other connections in the area.
Next, choose the “Save Settings” and then click “Continue.” Once the process is complete, choose “Wireless” from the menu tab at the top of the LinkSys router settings screen. Change the “Wireless Network Name” or “SSID” to a unique name which can be the same as the previous name chosen for your connection.
Disable the “Wireless SSID Broadcast” menu option and select “Save Settings.” You will receive a “Settings are Successful” message. You should click “Continue.”
Now select “Wireless Security” at the top of the screen. From the “Security Mode” dropdown box choose “WEP.” Select 128 bits 26 hex digits,” and enter a passwords of your choice. Select “Generate” and choose “Save settings,” followed by “Continue,” once you receive the “Settings are Successful” box.
You can enable MAC filtering for additional security by selecting “Wireless MAC Filter” from the top of the startup menu. Click “Enable” and choose “Permit Only.” This allows only PCs to access your connection. Click “Save Settings,” and then “Continue.” If you prefer to allow further access, click the “Edit MAC Filter List” button and enter the MAC address for each computer you want on the network. Select Save Settings,” and then “Continue.”
Finally, choose the “Administration” tab. Change the default password for access to the router by entering a new password into the “Router Password” field. Confirm the change, click “Save Settings,” and “Continue.” This concludes the setup.
How to Setup a LynkSys e4200 Router
This router supports dual band N at 2.4 and 5 Ghz with a 450 MB per second throughput in the 5 Ghz band. It has a USB port for shared storage and a built-in UPnP AV media server. There is also a USB 2.0 port supporting external attached network storage that is compatible with he 80211.n, g, b, and a standards.
Begin by connecting the e4200 to a power source and allowing it to power up. If using the installation CD, connect the WAN/Internet port of the router to the Cable or DSL modem using an Ethernet cable. Next, connect the LAN port to the Ethernet cable port on your laptop with another Ethernet cable. Insert the setup CD on your laptop. Accept the EULA and click “Next.”
You will be prompted to enter the connection details after the router finds settings automatically. Click “next,” and finish the automatic router setup. This includes choosing passwords and login information. You will now have two wireless networks that include a primary network and guest network for Internet access only.
If you do not have a setup CD, you can still setup the e4200. Start by accessing the web-based configuration after powering up. You do this by entering “192.168.1.1” into your web browser. Enter “admin” for the router login and “admin” for the password, and then click “OK”. (If you had the CD and completed the setup using the CD, you will need to enter the password created during that phase. You can change the password by selecting “Administrative” and “Management” on the primary configuration screen.)
Next, select “Setup” and “Basic Setup” from the options, followed by the language you want to use. Click “Internet Setup” and enter the connection specifics provided by your ISP. If you are connecting via DSL, determine if your ISP uses PPPoE and select this option if necessary. Now, enter the username, password, and service name for your service.
Toggle the “Keep Alive” option to “Connect on Demand” for ISPs that charge by time connected. Select “Wireless” and “Basic Wireless Settings” options. Beneath the configuation view, select “WiFi Protected Setup” to setup networks for both 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz.
Under the manual setup, choose the standards to support the Ghz options. You will be unable to connect properly if you choose 5 Ghz for 802.11b and 802.g devices, so make sure you choose 2.4 Ghz for those devices. The “mixed” mode supports all standards.
Next, disable the SSID broadcast to keep the network name secure. You can also change the channel width and number assignments if you understand how to do so.
Now, select “Wireless” and “Wireless Security” to choose your security option. WPA2 is the strongest security option on this router. Decide if you want to allow guest access for surfing the Internet using he 2.4 Ghz network. The default option allows it, but if you prefer not to allow it, select “Wireless,” “Guest Access,” and choose “No.” MAC filtering is also allowed on this router.
Next, configure advanced options on the router such as network storage, parental controls, Firewall settings, FTP Server, VPN Passthrough, Gaming options, and Media Server. To enable network storage, you will need to connect a portable hard drive to the router. Finally save all settings and the process is complete.