How to Set Up a Linksys Router

Introduction

A router is a box that allows multiple computers, smartphones, and so on to join the same network. From there, the router is typically connected to a modem in order to provide an Internet connection to any device that is connected to the router. This guide aims to help you through the first time setup process for your router.

In the box you may have some of the following:

  • The router's power supply or charger.
  • Device manual.
  • Driver disc (for some models).
  • USB cable (for some models).
  • Network cable (for some models).

1 Connect Power

Please ensure that you are using the power adapter that came with your router.

  1. Locate the power cable and connect it to a power source like an outlet or surge protector.
  2. Plug the other end of the power cable to the router's power input, which is typically located in the rear.Unplug power cable from rear of router, then plug it back in.
  3. Your router should power on.

2 Connect to Modem by Cable/Wire

Your router must be connected to a modem in order to provide the local network with an Internet connection.
  1. Acquire an Ethernet cable.
    Ethernet cable.

     
  2. Take one end of the cable and plug it into the Internet (or WAN) port on the rear of your router. The port may be blue or grey.
    Router Internet port.

  3. Take one end of the cable and plug it into an available Ethernet (or LAN) port on the rear of your modem. These ports are typically yellow.
    Modem Ethernet ports.

  4. Usually this is all that is needed to connect your router to a wired connection.

3 Login

  1. Open a new web browser. (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox etc.)
  2. In the address bar, type 192.168.1.1 then press Enter on the keyboard.
    Web browser address bar with 192.168.1.1. Screenshot.
  3. You will be asked to enter the router's username and password to log in.
    The default credentials are typically:
    • Username: admin
    • Password: leave blank
  4. In the event that you can't access the router's web-based setup page, you've forgotten the network's wireless security key or you are troubleshooting a connectivity issue, you may need to reset the router to its default factory settings.

4 Select Password

Wherever possible, you should pick a password that is impossible to guess and is also resistant to brute-force attacks.

Some devices or systems do not allow special characters or they may have their own requirements.

Password Dos and Don'ts

Dos
Green Check
  • Passwords should be long, 8-12 characters or more.
  • Passwords should be something easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess or lookup.
  • Passwords should have lots of different character types: upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Replacing letters with symbols is a simple way to achieve this: use @ for a, and ( for c, as example.
  • Passwords are personal, most services have a way to create a 'linked' account or share services with trusted friends and family.
  • Change passwords regularly. Every 90 to 180 days; this helps keep your accounts from being compromised long-term.
  • If you must write down a password or make note of it, do so only in specially designed programs, or keep and hold the physical copies with the same care and respect you would a social security card or birth certificate. Remember; anyone with your password "is you".
Example of a good password
Don'ts
Red X
  • Don't use short passwords; computers can guess them very easily.
  • Don't use a common word you can find in a dictionary.
  • Don't use information that can be looked up or guessed, such as a birthday, anniversary, or pet's name.
  • Don't use the same password for everything. If one password is compromised, all of the same ones are compromised across all your accounts.
  • Don't share passwords. People with your password "are you" to a computer system, or a service.
  • Don't keep the same password forever. Assume that, at some point, it will be guessed, seen, or otherwise compromised, and it must be changed.
  • Don't write down passwords in the open, or save them in non-encrypted files on your computer.
Example of a bad password
Password Resources

5 Change SSID and Password

  1. Once you log in, select Configuration.
    Router page with Configuration selected. Screenshot.

  2. Then on the upper left-hand corner look for Wi-FI. Click on Wi-Fi then Wi-Fi Settings.
    Wi-Fi menu with Wi-Fi Settings selected. Screenshot.

  3. Enter your new network name in the Wi-Fi Name field.
    Wi-Fi Settings with Wi-Fi Name box. Screenshot.

  4. On the Security Mode field, select WPA2 Personal.

    WPA2 Personal is also referred to as PSK2 on some Linksys routers.


    Security Mode selection with WPA2 Personal selected.

  5. Enter your new password in the Password field.
    Password or passphrase. Screenshot.

  6. The new username and password will not be activated on the router until you save or confirm the change.
    Save button.

  7. You will see a confirmation window appear briefly to confirm the change was made successfully.
  • After successfully changing your wireless network password, the wireless devices that are currently connected to your network will be disconnected. Make sure to reconnect them using the new username and password you set.
  • If your router is dual band, meaning it has a 2.4 and a 5 GHz network you may need to repeat the steps listed above for each network because each network may be controlled individually, make sure to use different network names for each.
  • If your router has a guest network you will need to repeat the steps listed above for the guest network because it is controlled separately.

6 Keep Password Secure

Some precautions should be taken in order to keep your password secure.

Best practices:

  • Do not use a master password that you use everywhere (such as email, work, school, home, network)
  • If possible, do not share your password with anybody.
  • Passwords that are shared with others, like for a home network, should only be shared if necessary.
  • Be aware when typing your password in public, or that in no way anyone is watching.
  • Some types of electronic devices like computers and smartphones can remember passwords, so beware of devices that are not yours.
  • Make a schedule of when to change your password. For example, every 180 days.
  • It is not recommended to write down passwords. But if you have to, make sure that it is neither physically nor visually accessible by others.

7 Deciding to Update

Router updates are provided to add new security features, fix vulnerabilities, or other enhancements like performance upgrades. We recommend updating your router at this time in order to get the best possible security. Depending on the model, you may need an internet connection, access to a computer, and a formatted USB flash drive in order to update.

You may update now or do so another time.

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A router is a box that allows multiple computers, smartphones, and so on to join the same network. From there, the router is typically connected to a modem in order to provide an Internet connection to any device that is connected to the router. This guide aims to help you through the first time setup process for your router.

In the box you may have some of the following:

  • The router's power supply or charger.
  • Device manual.
  • Driver disc (for some models).
  • USB cable (for some models).
  • Network cable (for some models).

Please ensure that you are using the power adapter that came with your router.

  1. Locate the power cable and connect it to a power source like an outlet or surge protector.
  2. Plug the other end of the power cable to the router's power input, which is typically located in the rear.Unplug power cable from rear of router, then plug it back in.
  3. Your router should power on.
Your router must be connected to a modem in order to provide the local network with an Internet connection.
  1. Acquire an Ethernet cable.
    Ethernet cable.

     
  2. Take one end of the cable and plug it into the Internet (or WAN) port on the rear of your router. The port may be blue or grey.
    Router Internet port.

  3. Take one end of the cable and plug it into an available Ethernet (or LAN) port on the rear of your modem. These ports are typically yellow.
    Modem Ethernet ports.

  4. Usually this is all that is needed to connect your router to a wired connection.
  1. Open a new web browser. (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox etc.)
  2. In the address bar, type 192.168.1.1 then press Enter on the keyboard.
    Web browser address bar with 192.168.1.1. Screenshot.
  3. You will be asked to enter the router's username and password to log in.
    The default credentials are typically:
    • Username: admin
    • Password: leave blank
  4. In the event that you can't access the router's web-based setup page, you've forgotten the network's wireless security key or you are troubleshooting a connectivity issue, you may need to reset the router to its default factory settings.

Wherever possible, you should pick a password that is impossible to guess and is also resistant to brute-force attacks.

Some devices or systems do not allow special characters or they may have their own requirements.

Password Dos and Don'ts

Dos
Green Check
  • Passwords should be long, 8-12 characters or more.
  • Passwords should be something easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess or lookup.
  • Passwords should have lots of different character types: upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Replacing letters with symbols is a simple way to achieve this: use @ for a, and ( for c, as example.
  • Passwords are personal, most services have a way to create a 'linked' account or share services with trusted friends and family.
  • Change passwords regularly. Every 90 to 180 days; this helps keep your accounts from being compromised long-term.
  • If you must write down a password or make note of it, do so only in specially designed programs, or keep and hold the physical copies with the same care and respect you would a social security card or birth certificate. Remember; anyone with your password "is you".
Example of a good password
Don'ts
Red X
  • Don't use short passwords; computers can guess them very easily.
  • Don't use a common word you can find in a dictionary.
  • Don't use information that can be looked up or guessed, such as a birthday, anniversary, or pet's name.
  • Don't use the same password for everything. If one password is compromised, all of the same ones are compromised across all your accounts.
  • Don't share passwords. People with your password "are you" to a computer system, or a service.
  • Don't keep the same password forever. Assume that, at some point, it will be guessed, seen, or otherwise compromised, and it must be changed.
  • Don't write down passwords in the open, or save them in non-encrypted files on your computer.
Example of a bad password
Password Resources
  1. Once you log in, select Configuration.
    Router page with Configuration selected. Screenshot.

  2. Then on the upper left-hand corner look for Wi-FI. Click on Wi-Fi then Wi-Fi Settings.
    Wi-Fi menu with Wi-Fi Settings selected. Screenshot.

  3. Enter your new network name in the Wi-Fi Name field.
    Wi-Fi Settings with Wi-Fi Name box. Screenshot.

  4. On the Security Mode field, select WPA2 Personal.

    WPA2 Personal is also referred to as PSK2 on some Linksys routers.


    Security Mode selection with WPA2 Personal selected.

  5. Enter your new password in the Password field.
    Password or passphrase. Screenshot.

  6. The new username and password will not be activated on the router until you save or confirm the change.
    Save button.

  7. You will see a confirmation window appear briefly to confirm the change was made successfully.
  • After successfully changing your wireless network password, the wireless devices that are currently connected to your network will be disconnected. Make sure to reconnect them using the new username and password you set.
  • If your router is dual band, meaning it has a 2.4 and a 5 GHz network you may need to repeat the steps listed above for each network because each network may be controlled individually, make sure to use different network names for each.
  • If your router has a guest network you will need to repeat the steps listed above for the guest network because it is controlled separately.

Some precautions should be taken in order to keep your password secure.

Best practices:

  • Do not use a master password that you use everywhere (such as email, work, school, home, network)
  • If possible, do not share your password with anybody.
  • Passwords that are shared with others, like for a home network, should only be shared if necessary.
  • Be aware when typing your password in public, or that in no way anyone is watching.
  • Some types of electronic devices like computers and smartphones can remember passwords, so beware of devices that are not yours.
  • Make a schedule of when to change your password. For example, every 180 days.
  • It is not recommended to write down passwords. But if you have to, make sure that it is neither physically nor visually accessible by others.

Router updates are provided to add new security features, fix vulnerabilities, or other enhancements like performance upgrades. We recommend updating your router at this time in order to get the best possible security. Depending on the model, you may need an internet connection, access to a computer, and a formatted USB flash drive in order to update.

You may update now or do so another time.

Pressing the button below will take you to a guided path to assist you with updating your Linksys router.

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