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I'm replacing a Linksys BEFW11S4 router with a newer Linksys model WRT160N. What do I need to do to uninstall the old one, if anything. Do I need to delete all my current connections? Thanks, Mike

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  • brian c
    brian c May 11, 2010

    Actually, jjmcgaffey, the question I asked is completely valid.

    Just because they are staying in the same brand router is completely irrelevant.

    If they are using DSL, they will need to enter the correct login information into the routers configuration menus for the modem to connect to their ISP.

    Cable service "should" work without any changes.

    They also didn't mention if the old router was using any type of security features, whether it be WEP encryption or MAC filtered. Neither of these functions will automatically configure themselves.

    Please do your research before spewing your advice.

    Thanks.


  • brian c
    brian c May 11, 2010

    Are you using cable or DSL?

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It should not require any changes - since you're going from Linksys to Linksys, the IP address of the router is the same (I believe). So shut down your computer (one with a wired connection to the router!), unplug the old router, unplug your modem, plug in the modem and wait until the lights settle down, plug in the new router and wait until the lights settle down, boot up your computer and wait until it's fully booted. Open a command prompt (Start Menu/Run/cmd) and type ipconfig /all - see if you have an IP address assigned in the range of 192.168.1.x . If so, open up a browser and see if you can access 192.168.1.1; it should demand a login, use your new router's default login (in the manual) and make the changes you want (including a new password!) - change the name of your wireless network, set up security, etc. As long as you make your SSID and security identical to what you had on the old router, it shouldn't require any configuration changes on the computers (though it may require a reboot to make them see the router properly after the changeover).

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