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Setting up (or Resetting) a Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Broadband Router with Security

Setting up (or Resetting) a Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Broadband Router with Security

***NOTE FOR RESETTING ROUTERS!!! You should always backup your settings before making any changes or upgrading your firmware. Scroll down to the backup section before resetting to see how to backup your settings!***

Do not power anything up (including your computer) until after everything is hooked up. The very first thing you want to do is make sure that you have connected a network cable from your cable or DSL modem to the router, plugged into the internet port. Now you plug another network cable from the router ports labeled 1-4 to your PC/Mac. This is only temporary while we are setting up, you don't have to have the PC/Mac plugged in after we finish setting up the router. Plug in the modem power first. Wait 20-45 seconds for it to completely boot up. Depending on the modem, you should see the send and receive lights blinking, but not the connected or online lights. After you are sure the modem has been turned on plug in the power to the router. You will see the other lights on the modem turn on and start blinking (again depending on your modem) and the router should show that the wireless is actively broadcasting. Finally, turn on your computer and you are online!

The next thing you want to do if you is make sure you have the most current firmware available for the WRT54G router. To do this you need to look under your router where there should be a sticker that has the serial number, model number, and Hardware Version (ver) number on it. See graphic below.

Now you want to go to your routers interface to see what firmware version you have. In your web browser address box type in A box will pop up asking you for a user name or password. By default, the user name field should be left blank and the password will be admin. Sometimes the router has a user name of admin as well (In a nutshell, the user name/password by default is admin/admin or “nothing”/admin – “Nothing” means that nothing is typed). Then you want to look in the upper right of the screen and you should see a "Firmware Version".

Next you will go to http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/support/WRT54GS/download and fill out the appropriate information to verify your firmware version is the same as the most current available. If it is, great! If not, download the most current version (I recommend to your desktop for easy location). Once the download is complete you will go back to your router interface ( Once you are logged in, go to the Administration tab. Click Firmware Upgrade, click the browse button and locate your firmware you downloaded from the Linksys website. Click the Upgrade button to initiate the upgrade.


After everything is up to date and ready to go we can move on to configuring your router! Now you want to open a web browser and log into the router again. Click on the Wireless tab at the top of the main screen. You want to change the Wireless Network Name (SSID) from Linksys to something unique. What I usually do for added security is disable the Wireless SSID Broadcast option. This will stop your network showing up on other people's available wireless network lists.

Finally, click Save Settings and then Continue when the Settings are successful. Next, log back into the router and go back to the Wireless tab and select Wireless Security. Find WPA-Pre-Shared Key from the security mode drop down box and TPIK from the WPA Algorithms drop down box. Choose a password that is not easily guessed and is a combination of letters (upper and lower case) and numbers. Make sure you change your administration log in & user name too (under the Administration tab).

At this point we need to set up the various computers for connecting to the router. Make sure you have all of your settings handy. It is always a good idea to write down the settings and tape them under the router in case you need it in the future. Since we hid the wireless network (if you did, if not disregard this step) you will have to go into your Wireless Network settings. Go to Start/Connect To/Show all connections. Right click on Wireless Network Connections and select Properties. Select the wireless network tab. Select the Add... button. Enter in the Wireless Network Name (SSID) you named your network. Select OK. The next step is configuring the security. Go into your Wireless Network settings again. Go to Start/Connect To/Show all connections. Right click on your wireless network from the Preferred networks screen and select Properties. Where it says Network Authentication select WPA-PSK and set Data Encryption to TKIP. Now Type in your Network Key that you made. In Windows Vista and 7, you are allowed to see the characters you type in. Make sure you select this so you can make sure you are putting in the right combination of characters.

The final step in the process is backing up all of your settings to make sure you don't have to do all of this all over again if your router should get messed up somehow. To do this, go to the Administration tab and click Config Management. There you should see a button Backup. Simply click that button and make sure you know where it is going. Best practice would be to copy the settings, along with a text file of your SSID name and password, on an external storage device or thumb drive.

You're done! Where's my easy button...

NOTE for Mac users...
I do not have a mac handy, but since most of the configuration is done on the router side, everything with the exception of the actual computer configuration is the same. If anyone would like to contribute with a walk-through of configuring the mac itself that would be awesome! I will post one if I can get one of my more Mac savvy friends to walk me through it.


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Im trying to find my password for my router but i cant.

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Resetting the router to the factory defaults will delete any changes you have made to the router, including any security settings. This should be used as a last resort.
The first method involves simply pressing a button located on the back of the router. The image below (courtesy of Linksys) shows where the button is located.

Linksys WRT54G Reset Button Location
To reset your router, use the following steps:

  1. Press the reset button for 30 seconds.
  2. The settings should now be returned to the factory default settings, meaning any changes you had made would be deleted.
  3. Open up your Web browser and enter "′ in the address bar.
  4. For the login, leave a blank ID and enter "admin" as the password.
The router has now been reset. Follow the steps in Securing Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router to secure your router and create a good wireless network security.
Through the Web Administration PagesThe second method involves logging into the Web administration pages of the router. Use the following steps to reset the router using this method:
  1. Open your Web browser and enter the IP address of your router. By default, the address is "′.
  2. Enter your user ID And password when prompted. Hopefully this has been changed, but if it hasn't, the default is no ID and "admin" as the password.
  3. At the top of the Web page, click "Administration" and then "Factory Defaults".
  4. Beside "Restore Factory Defaults", click "Yes".
  5. Now click the "Save Settings" button at the bottom of the Web page.
Your WRT54G wireless router should now be reset to the factory defaults. Ensure you follow the steps outlined in Securing Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router to secure your router and maintain your wireless network security.
SummaryThis post has provided two methods you can use to reset your Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G router. If you are having problems with your router, try resetting the router to the factory defaults, and then make the changes again and see if the router starts working again.

Sep 24, 2011 | Linksys Wireless-G WRT54G Router

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my router stopped communicating with modem

LinkSys Wireless-G WRT54G 2.4 GHz Broadband Router with 4-Port Switch:

Go to LinkSys Login. wrt54g_back-panel_mini.gif Resetting the Router will erase all of your settings (WEP Encryption, Wireless and LAN settings, etc.) and replace them with the factory defaults.
There are two ways to reset the Router's factory defaults:
The Internet port is where you will connect your broadband Internet connection.

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Nov 17, 2010 | Linksys WirelessG Broadband Router with...

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I have a Linksys wrt54g ver.6 wireless broadband router. This week we had a power outage. Since that event my router will not work. How do I find out if this can be fixed or if I need to purchase a new router?


In regards to the problem to your Linksys wrt54g note working properly sometime when there is a power outage you get a power spike that wipes out the setting on the unit and all you have to do is reset all the setting like it was a new unit. I have one of the first generation Linksys wrt54g units and had to do this time to time.

If you still have trouble let know that you are having trouble with and I can tell you if you are going to need to replace the unit or not.


Mar 06, 2010 | Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router

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i forgot my password and i need to put a password on it so its not free for everyone else

perform a reset on the unit by following the instructions at

Please note that this is a factory reset so you will lose ALL settings.

I suggest you perform a backup from the web administration page to save all settings you've created such as port forwarding rules etc

Oct 10, 2009 | Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router

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