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Basic Linksys Wireless Router Setup

For Linksys Wireless Routers to work all you need to do plug them in and power them up. Its is simple as that!! However, this presents a security risk and leaves your data vulnerable.

On this page we will be covering basic router security configurations. However, the Linksys Administration Interface offers a multitude of configuration options, which we encourage you to learn more about at Linksys's Web Site.

Since this document is slightly more advanced we recommend you call mc.net for help if you have questions setting up your router. This document assumes you are using the Windows Wireless Client Utility and that your wireless card has been enabled on your computer.

Configuring your Router's Password
  • Open a web browser and enter
  • The first time you login the username will be admin and the password will be blank.
  • Click the Administration Link at the top.
  • In the Password Fields retype a password of your choice (its best to have at least eight characters).
  • Next time you login to your router you will be asked for the new password.
Changing your Wireless Network Name (SSID)
  • Open a web browser and enter
  • Click the Wireless Link at the top.
  • Change the SSID from the default (linksys) to anything of your choice.
  • Click Save Settings.
Configuring Basic Wireless Encryption
  • Open a web browser and enter
  • Click the Wireless Link at the top.
  • When the Wireless Security Link appears click on it.
  • Select the Security Mode to WEP.
  • Set the WEP Encryption to 128 bits 26 hex digits.
  • Enter a passphrase and click generate.
  • Write down the generated WEP Key.
  • Click Save Settings.
  • Right click on the wireless conneciton icon next to your clock in the system tray.
  • Select View Wireless Networks.
  • Double click on the specific wireless network you would like to connect to.
  • Enter you WEP key twice and click connect.
  • Destroy the piece of paper you wrote the WEP key on or store in a safe place.
Setting your Router to Default Settings

We all make mistakes!! If you cannot get into your router do the following:

  • Unplug the router from the power.
  • Take a sharp point such as pen tip and push the reset button down.
  • Plug the router back into the power while still holding the reset button.
  • Wait 30 seconds and release the reset button.
  • Your router is now set to defaults.
  • It is important to note that your connection is now vulnerable and your router will need to be reconfigured.
Software & Viruses

Have you installed a firewall on your computer? Temporarily disable your firewall software and see if you can surf the web or get e-mail. Furthermore, viruses and spyware may also cause an interruption in service. Please scan your computer thoroughly with up to date anti-virus and at least two up to date anti-spyware programs.

For more information, please contact us at 847-594-5111 or email support@mc.net