Do you need to know the wireless settings configured in your Linksys wireless router? This tip will you do this, I will show you how this can be done.
First, why do we need to know the wireless setting of your router?
Here are a few reasons why we need to know all of these:
What are the things we need to verify off of your router setup page? Here they are:
- We need to know the wireless settings if we wan to add a computer to the wireless network that you already have.
- If we want to add a wireless devices like, wireless gaming adapters for your gaming system like Xbox.
- You will also need to know the wireless settings of your network if you want your mobiles phones and other gadgets (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad,etc.) to get online through your wireless network.
Here are the steps on how this can be done:
- SSID - Wireless Network Name
- Type of Security
- Security code or password if there is one enabled.
- In your computer that is connected to the router, open your browser and type or copy and paste this link to the address bar http://192.168.1.1then hit return.
- A login box will pop-up asking for a user name and password. Just leave the user name field blank and type admin in the password field.
Note:admin is the default password, if you can't login using the default password, you might have likely changed it during the initial configuration of your router.
- Once you are in the router Setup page, click on the tab at the top that says Wireless. In this page, you can get the following information.
- Wireless Network Mode - This setting will allow you to choose if you want different types of wireless connection can be accepted by the router, you can choose B, G or Mixed. I recommend you leave it to Mixed.
- Wireless Network Name / SSID - This is the field where you can put in the name you want for your network.The name you will set here will the name that your router will be broadcasting. By default your router uses the name "linksys". Imagine if the rest of your neighbors has the same brand of router.
- Wireless Channel - This is the channel or frequency your router is operating on. This can be changed if you are having intermittent issues with your wireless network.
- Wireless SSID Broadcast - This is one setting that is worth checking. If this is disabled, your router is still operating but the name of your network will be hidden. It's recommended to leave it enabled.
- Then click on the sub-tab under the Wireless tab that says Wireless Security. In this page, you will be able to verify the following information about your wireless network security.
I hope that this will help you readers out there. Thank you for dropping by.
- Security Mode - By default this is set to Disabled. And these are the common security type used or enabled in a small office, home office netowrk.
- WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) - If this is the type of security that is enabled in your router, you need to look for the "Default Transmit Key" or "Default Tx Key" this will tell you what key you need to use from the list of keys available. See image below for reference.
- WPA Personal (WI-FI Protected Access) - if this the security that you will see, you need to take note of the "WPA Shared Key" this is the password for your wireless netowrk. You can change this any time, and it should be a minimum of 8 characters. Note: If you change your password for the wireless, you wireless computer and other wireless devices that were able to connect fine prior to changing the password, may need to be reconfigured or reconnect and use the new password.