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Simple Steps To Set Up A Linksys Router
Most cable ISPs (Internet Service Providers) use a MAC Authentication to establish Internet connections for end-users. A MAC (Media Access Control) address is a unique 48-bit (6-byte) integer that is attached to an Ethernet NIC for each computer.
To set up a Linksys router with Cable Internet, five steps are needed:
- Verifying Internet Connection
- Connecting Devices Together
- Checking the Router’s LEDs
- Configuring a Linksys Router for a Cable Connection
- Power Cycling
Verifying Internet Connection
- Connect the Broadband Cable modem to the computer using an Ethernet cable without the router installed, and make sure that the Internet connection is active.
- If it can go online, the computer connected to the Cable modem is the one that’s registered with the ISP.
Connecting the Devices Together
After ensuring that you have an active Internet connection, connect the Cable modem to the router’s Internet port, and connect the computer to any of the four router Ethernet ports.
Ethernet ports labeled WAN or Internet and LAN or numbered ports (the numbers depend on the number of ports the router has) are located at the back of a Linksys router. These Ethernet ports are where the broadband Cable modem and computer will be connected. The Broadband Cable modem should be connected to the WAN or Internet port and the computer should be connected to any of the available numbered (1, 2, 3 or 4) ports.
- Connect the Broadband Cable modem to the router’s WAN or Internet port.
- Connect the computer to any available numbered port (1, 2, 3 or 4) on the router.
Make sure the router's power adapter is plugged to an available power outlet.
Check if the corresponding LEDs on the router are lit
The Linksys router’s front panel will indicate the status of the connection. After connecting the broadband Cable modem to the WAN (Internet port) of the Linksys router, the computer to an available numbered port and powering on the router, the following should be lit:
- 1, 2, 3, or 4 (3 if that is the port the computer is connected also)
- Internet or WAN Link
- Make sure the Ethernet LED (1, 2, 3 or 4) is lit. If the Ethernet LED (1, 2, 3 or 4) is not lit, make sure that the computer is powered on. Also try connecting the computer using a different working Ethernet cable, as cords can go bad.
Setting Up a Linksys Router for Cable Internet - Automatic Configuration–DHCP
By default, the Router's Internet Connection Type is set to 'Automatic Configuration-DHCP', which should be kept only if your ISP supports DHCP or you are connecting through a dynamic IP address. This option usually applies to cable connections.
Access the router’s web-based setup page. All Linksys routers have a built-in web-based setup page that allows the user to customize settings and set up advanced properties:
- Go to the Address bar of a browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) and enter your router’s IP address ("192.168.1.1" is the default IP of most Linksys routers) then press Enter.
- A new window will prompt for a User name and Password. Leave the User name field blank and enter your router’s password ("admin" is the default password), then click OK, and the router's web-based setup page appears.
- When the router’s web-based setup page appears, click the drop-down arrow under the Internet Connection Type field and select Automatic Configuration – DHCP. Click SAVE.
- Click MAC Address Clone.
- Select Enable and click Clone Your computer’s MAC. Click SAVE.
- Click Status.
- Check the value of the Internet IP Address. If the Internet IP Address has numbers, this means the router has been properly configured. You should now be able to access the Internet.
- Once the router is configured, perform a power cycle described below.
- To GO LIVE!
Power Cycling, in this order
- Shutdown the computer
- Unplug the router’s power cable
- Unplug the Broadband Cable modem’s power cable and wait for 30 seconds
- Plug in the Broadband Cable modem’s power cable and wait for its lights to appear steady
- Plug in the router's power cable once the Cable modem’s lights appear steady
- Power on the computer on and test the Internet connection for Go Live!
Routers can be fussy and have sensitive communication issues. If you are unsure as to how to set up your Linksys Router on Cable Internet, are having issues with getting your router to set up, or want advanced technical help to configure your Linksys Router for a more specific network condition, please call us. We would be happy to help you get your Linksys Router and router LAN network set up, configured and running successfully for your environment.
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