This should work for most name brand routers but I do have a Cisco-Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G Broadband Router in mind with these instructions on how to setup your Linksys Wireless Router Secured Network.
If you don’t feel like reading and want to see pictures just click this link. Configure Wireless Security.
The first step is to log into your wireless router. Open up your internet browser and go to http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1 and it should bring up your Linksys login screen. If you’re not sure look on the bottom of your router for the correct address.
If you never changed anything the username and password should both be “admin”. You should change this NOW because anyone can log in using the defaults if you have not changed it.
Click on the Wireless link, and then select Basic Wireless Settings.
In this window, make changes the following options to configure your wireless security:
Wireless Network mode: Mixed.
Wireless Network Name (SSID): (enter a name here) This is the name you see when searching for Wireless networks. You can keep it the same or change it to anything you want. I suggest changing it so people do not know what router you have.
Wireless Channel: By default it is on channel 6. I tend to set mine higher to 11. You can try different channels to see which one gives your computer the strongest signal strength. If you have a Droid Phone there is a Free Wi-Fi Analyzer App that can show you what wireless signals are in your vicinity and what signal strength they are at. You can easily pick a lesser broadcasted channel with the free app. I recommend it.
Wireless SSID Broadcast: Enabled.
Now click Save Settings
After you save the changes you will click on the Wireless Security link. Change the following options:
Security mode: WPA Personal.
WPA Algorithms: TKIP
WPA Shared Key: (enter a pass phrase) This is your network password, Make it whatever you want. Just do not forget it!
Again Save Settings.
That’s it. You’re done.
Some say that the Linksys WRT54g is the best wireless router for home use simply because it dominates the market for home wireless networks. It is easy to use and setup wireless security and the login access is simple enough for most to understand. It’s also very fairly priced compared to many wireless routers. I would say it’s pretty cheap. I have owned a few but currently I have a Cisco-Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router. Which is pretty much the same thing.
And since a lot of you seem to be finding this article while looking how to change the DNS settings in your e1000 I’ll tell you it’s very easy. Log into your router at http://192.168.1.1/ and a little down the page is DNS servers. You should know what you’re going to change them to before you do this.
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