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    One of the most popular router brands on the market is the Linksys router. Despite this popularity; however, end-users are commonly challenged to setup the device in the home, office, or other locations. There are a number of types of Linksys routers on the market to include the WRT54G, WRT610n, and the Linksys e4200 which support both wired and wireless network configurations using an omnidirectional antenna.

    Popular Types of Linksys Routers

    Linksys WRT54G

    The WRT54G has been one of the most popular models of Linksys routers sold supporting the 802.11g, b, and a standards with max throughput rates of up to 54 MB/second. When the router was initially released, it did take hits by various review sites due to a reduced range as compared to other 802.11g routers; however, Linksys has subsequently addressed these issues through router firmware updates. When purchased new, the router installation CD walks end-users through router setup using a configuration wizard that includes default router security recommendations.

    Linksys WRT610N

    The WRT 610N is one of the first true dual-band wireless routers on the market and produced by Linksys. It supports both 2.4 and 5 Ghz wireless clients simultaneously and is designed to serve as a network-attached storage device when connected to an external hard drive via USB port. Linksys has also deployed media optimized networking technology with the router to support smoother streaming of high-definition video, music, and real-time gaming.

    Linksys e4200

    The Linksys e4200 router supports dual band N at 2.4 and 5 Ghz with a 450 MB/second throughput in the 5 Ghz band. It comes with a USB port for shared storage and has a built-in UPnP AV media server. The router also has a USB 2.0 port that supports external attached network storage and provides compatibility with the 80211.n, g, b, and a standards.

    Other Popular Linksys Routers

    Other popular Linksys routers on the market include:

    Linksys e2000 – Wireless N, Selectable 2.4 or 5 Ghz bands, Gigabit Ethernet ports (10/100/1000 MB/sec)

    Linksys e1000 – Wireless N, 2.4 Ghz band, Supports secure guest access, Fast Ethernet ports (10/100 MB/Sec)

    Linksys WRt54gl – Wireless G, Push-button setup and configuration, 128-bit security, access filtering.

    Linksys wrt300n – All LAN ports support auto-crossover (MDI/MDI-X), 256-bit security, expanded range compared to 802.11g routers.

    Linksys Router Configuration Interface

    One of the most popular features of Linksys routers is the web-based interface for setup and configuration of the router. Once connected via Ethernet cable to the router, the interface is accessed by entering the default Linksys IP address,, into the web browser which provides access to the control panel after entering the login and password for the router. The default login for Linksys routers is typically ‘blank” with password being “admin.” For newer routers, the login is set to “admin” and password to “admin.” When the web-based interface is loaded, it will display the following tabs: Setup, Wireless, Security, Access Restriction, Application and Gaming, Administration, and Status. Slight variations in the menu tabs may be observed depending on specific Linksys router version. The functions of the menu tabs are:

    Setup– Entry path for setup of DHCP service, Internet connection, DDNS, MAC Address clone, and
    router features.

    Wireless– Entry path for wireless security, MAC filtering, and both basic and advanced wireless

    Security– Configuration of the router’s firewall and VPN feature.

    Access Restriction– Setup for restricting outbound or inbound Internet traffic, Internet hosts,
    network computers, or even time of use/day.

    Application and Gaming – Permits publication of internal application servers on the Internet, setup
    of DMZ feature, and management of quality of service on the local network.

    Administration– Supports router access setup, security and logging features, Linksys router default
    configuration restoral, and diagnostic testing.

    Status– Shows the local network, wireless network, and router status.

    How to Setup a Linksys Router

    Although 802.11N compatible Linksys routers are starting to gain greater market share, the Linksys WRT54G remains one of the most widely used versions by end-users. Both variants of Linksys equipment; however, feature the easy-to-use web interface for routers setup. The WRT54G and Linksys e4200N router setup steps are covered below. The steps to setup other router models are similar to the respective G or N model steps included below.

    Linksys WRT54G Setup

    Step 1 – Plug the Linksys router into a power source and allow it to power up and go through the initialization process.

    Step 2 – Insert an Ethernet cable into the Cable modem port. If in a college dorm, many colleges will have an Ethernet cable jack already installed in the room that you insert the cable.

    Step 3 – Plug the Ethernet cable into the back of the router that is marked “Internet.” Next, plug a second Ethernet cable into the appropriate port on a laptop and the other into one of the ports labeled “1-4” on the Linksys router.

    Step 4 – Open a web browser on the laptop.

    Step 5 – Enter in the browser’s address bar followed by pressing the “Enter” key.

    Step 6 – Enter “admin” for the user login and “admin” for the password. If this does not work, then remove the  “admin” entry for login and try again.

    Step 7 – Change the “Router Name” on the “Setup” page that will appear from the default name to a unique name to avoid confusion with other new routers in your area.

    Step 8 – Select the “Save Settings” menu option followed by clicking the “Continue” menu button after the “Settings are successful” menu dialog is complete.

    Step 9 – Choose the “Wireless” menu tab located at the top of the Linksys router settings screen.

    Step 10 – Change the “Wireless Network Name” or “SSID” to a unique name. The router name entered earlier can be reused in this step if desired.

    Step 11 – Disable the “Wireless SSID Broadcast” menu option and select the “Save Settings” menu button. After the “Settings are successful” dialog is displayed, click the “Continue” menu button.

    Step 12 – Select the “Wireless Security” sub-menu located at the top of the screen.

    Step 13 – Use the “Security Mode” dropdown menu box and choose the “WEP” menu option. Then, select “128 bits 26 hex digits” and enter a password between six and eight characters in the Passphrase box.

    Step 14 – Select the “Generate” menu button and choose the “Save Settings” button.

    Step 15 Click the “Continue” button after the “Settings are successful” menu dialog is displayed. Alternatively, the WPA encryption algorithm can be selected; however, is not supported on all network cards.
    Step 16 – If you want to enable MAC filtering to further secure access to the wireless router, select the “Wireless MAC Filter” subsection located at the top of the Linksys router setup menu.

    Step 17 – Click the “Enable” menu button and choose the menu choice to “Permit only” PC’s listed to access the network followed by clicking the “Save settings” button followed by the “Continue” menu option.

    Step 18 – Click the “Edit MAC Filter List” menu button and enter the MAC address for each computer to allow to connect to the network. Then, select the “Save Settings” and “Continue” menu buttons.

    Step 19 – Choose the “Administration” menu tab.

    Step 20 Change the default password for access the Linksys router by entering a new one into the “Router Password” field and confirm the change. Ensure this password is different than the one used for WEP encryption and click the “Save Settings” and “Continue” menu buttons.

    Linksys e4200 Setup

    Step 1 – Connect the Linksys e4200 router to a power source to turn on and wait for the device to power-up and go through its configuration steps. If choosing to manually configure the router or you do not have an installation CD, proceed to step 7.

    Step 2 – Connect the WAN/Internet port of the router to the Cable or DSL modem using an Ethernet cable. Alternatively, in a college dorm, plug the cable into the Ethernet port in your dorm room (if available).

    Step 3 – Use an Ethernet cable to connect the LAN port of the router to the Ethernet cable port on your laptop.Linksys e4200

    Step 4 – Insert the Linksys setup CD into the CD/DVD drive on the Laptop.

    Step 5 – Accept the EULA (end user’s license agreement) followed by clicking the “Next” menu button.

    Step 6 – Enter the required connection details after the router finds settings automatically and click “next” to finish the automatic router setup (these will include DSL login, password, and connection types that the router is not able to automatically detect). This will result in two wireless networks automatically being created. One will be the primary network, and the second will be a guest network allowing Internet access only.

    Step 7 – Access the web-based configuration utility by entering in your laptop’s web browser.

    Step 8 – Enter “admin” for the router login, and “admin” for the password followed by clicking the “ok” menu button if you did not use the setup CD in steps 1-6. If you did, then you will need to enter the password created during those steps. A new password can be created for the router by selecting the “Administrative” and “Management” menu options from the primary configuration screen.

    Step 9 – Select the “Setup” and “Basic Setup” menu options. Then, select the “Language” to be used for the router.

    Step 10 – Click the “Internet Setup” menu section and enter the connection specifics provided by your respective ISP or school (ie connection type, and if your host requires a static IP vice the default DHCP connection).

    Step 11 – If connecting via DSL, find out if the ISP uses PPPoE, and if so select this option. Then, enter the username, password, and service name (if required) for your service.

    Step 12 – Toggle the “Keep Alive” menu option to “Connect on Demand” if your ISP charges you for amount of time connected to the Internet.

    Step 13 – Select the “Wireless” and “Basic Wireless Settings” menu options.

    Step 14 – Under configuration view, select “WiFi protected setup” to setup both the 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz networks on the router (alternatively they can be manually configured).

    Step 15 – Under the manual setup, choose which wireless standards to support under the 5 Ghz and 2.4 Ghz network options. Note, 802.11b and 802.11g devices cannot connect to the 5 Ghz network, so ensure the appropriate options are selected on the 2.4 Ghz network setup option. Typically, you want to ensure the lowest standard of connection in your home or apartment is supported on that network (ie if you have an old laptop, it may only be 802.11b compatible). The “Mixed” mode setting will support all standards (A through N).

    Step 16 – Disable the SSID broadcast to keep the network name more secure, and if desired change the channel width and number assignments if you are an advanced user on this screen.

    Step 17 – Select the “Wireless” and “Wireless Security” menu options to select between WEP, WPA Personal, WPA 2, WPA Mixed Mode, and WPA2 Personnel security standards on the network. Both the 2.4 and 5 Ghz networks can use different security options if desired. WPA2 is the strongest security option available on this router if supported by all client devices.

    Step 18 – Decide if you want to allow “Guest Access” to surf the Internet using the 2.4 Ghz network or not. If you do, then the default option is to do so. If not, then select “Wireless” and “Guest Access” from the main router setup menu and change the default setting to “no.”

    Step 19 – Similar to the WRT54G setup, MAC address filtering can be enabled and configured on the e4200N router.

    Step 20 – Configure advanced options as desired on the router that include network storage, parental controls (by device), VPN Passthrough, FTP Server, Firewall, (Choose Applications and Gaming from the main router setup menu) Gaming options, and (Choose Storage from the main menu) Media Server.

    Step 21 – To enable network storage, a portable hard drive will need to be available to connect to the router. By default, all content on the disk will be accessible without a password. To disable this “feature,” select “Storage” and “Administration” and then choose the “Disabled” menu option located under “Anonymous Disk Access.” Shared folders can be used to manage network access to different contents stored on the disk with individual folders or the entire disk available to share. Linksys implements a group and user account policy located under the “Storage” and “Administrative” menu options.

    Step 21 – Save settings and the network configurations will be complete.

    Linksys Router Firmware

    Linksys routers have a feature that allows the end-user to update the router firmware when connected to the Internet. To access this feature, select the “Administrative” menu tab on the router setup screen and then choose the “Firmware Upgrade” menu option. Before taking this step, however, ensure you note all router setup options that are configured as router firmware upgrades will typically reset all Linksys router settings. Linksys does not recommend user’s upgrade router firmware unless experiencing issues or there is a new feature released that are desired. The Linksys Support homepage has the latest information and downloads required to support required device firmware upgrades.

    How to Reset Linksys Router

    With recent focus on creating strong passwords throughout the computing and online industries, a common problem that arises for home wireless users is forgetting the Linksys router password they have chosen.

    Step 1 – Press and hold the reset button on the Linksys router for approximately 30 seconds while it is turned on.

    Step 2 – When the Power, Internet, and WLAN indication lights turn back on, release the reset button.

    Step 3 – Connect your laptop to the router using an Ethernet cable and open the web browser.

    Step 4 – Enter in the address bar followed by clicking the “Enter” key to access the router admin page.

    Step 5 – Enter “admin” for the login and “admin” for the router password if you have a newer Linksys router. If older, then the login name may be blank.

    Step 6 – Proceed with the setup of the Linksys router.

    Linksys Router Downloads

    Linksys WRT54G User’s Guide

    Linksys e4200N User’s Guide

    Linksys Router Support Homepage

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    • Cheryl

      How do I find my WEP key?

      • Marlon Franco

        Its in your Linksys router’s wireless settings, which can usually be access at

        In the Linksys setup, click Wireless and then Wireless Security.

        • Floy Swayne

          I want to set up my Kindle on wi-fi and it keeps saying that it is unable to connect.  I have a lock on my wi-fi connection and can’t figure out how to take it off.  Some help please

          • Will.Spencer

            Floy, you could disable WEP on your Linksys, but it’s probably wiser to configure WEP on your Kindle.

    • bill

      Is it ok to follow a wireless router with a wired one in order to split the wired connection? I have a wireless that I use for our laptops. A wired connection from the wireless feeds my home office desktop. I would like to split the signal in the home office to feed the desktop and the XBOX. I have a wired Linksys that I would like to use. Will it work? What do I need to do?

      • Will.Spencer

        That should work fine.  You will end up with two networks, so you will need to use two different IP address ranges.

    • GeorgeC

      Is their a visibility option on a Linksys router?
      Can I make my router invisible (not displaying my SSID) to the network at large?

      • Marlon Franco

        Yes you can George. You just have to go to your router’s wireless settings and disable the SSID broadcast. The option is under the Wireless tab and the Basic Wireless Settings sub-tab.

    • Christo

      Hello.  I just received my HP Touchpad and I am trying to configure it to my WiFi connection.  I saved the Wireless settings of my WiFi, but when I manually input into the Touchpad, it’s now working.
      Now, when I bring up EasyLink Adviser, my network no longer appears. But I know my WiFi/Router/DSL modem are working  b/c that’s what I am using with my notebook (Acer One – no external disk drives) & also using my networks WiFi through my phone.
      Any suggestions about EasyLink? Should I reset it w/the reset button?

    • DJ

      Okay so I have had my router unlocked since the beginning of time, and how do I know some other computer like my neighbors haven’t done this or can this only be done on the computer that the router is hooked up on?

    • Larry

      How do I change the security setting from WEP to WPA on my Linksys Wireless-B Broadband Router (Model BEFW11S4-VN)? The setup guide that came with it only addresses WEP.

      • Marlon Franco

        OK, we’ll update this post. In the meantime, to set it up for WPA, you should go to wireless> security. Set security mode to WPA Personal, Encryption algorithm to TKIP, then set your WPA key.

    • Lisa

      A friend just reset my wireless router which serves my home Dell pc (with a thumb drive) and several laptops in the house.  We were able to access the internet from all of the laptops with the new password/shared key but could not get on the internet with the home pc.  From the earlier comments, it looks like I should open an internet brower and enter   Is this correct, and what should I do after this?

      • Marlon Franco

        Ok, so other computers can connect and access the internet fine? If that’s the case, the problem is in your home PC. Try to scan for wireless network using your Home PC and reconnect with the new password, and let me know for updates. Thanks Lisa!

    • Jamie

      I have the linksys router. I am unable to connect to wifi. I have followed all instructions that say where to go and pushed the reset and release many times and to no avail. The wifi is visible, it just can not connect to the computers.

      • Marlon Franco

        What’s your ISP? If you have reset the router, it should connect even without entering any. Have you tried other computers Lisa? Please let me know, and provide error messages if possible. Thanks

    • lana

      im so lost…a friend set this router up & i have no clue on how to do anything. i just got a roku & its asking me for a key or passphrase to enter in order to set the roku up on my tv.  i clicked on the & I have ni idea what the user name & password are. how can i find this out other then the person who set this up? Is there anyway possible. would the user name be the name on the laptop that this router is used for or would it be my desktop email name or what? thank you

      • Marlon Franco

        Ok, resetting the router is not the best option here, because you have to configure the roku up on your TV and everything. You can try accessing the  using the default username and password (username: ‘blank’, and the password is: admin), if it doesn’t work. It’s either you ask the person or reset it and start from scratch

    • Robert

      My Linksys router works fine.  However, I am buying a new computer and want to know how to transfer the router functionality to the new machine.  How do I do this?

      Thank you.  

      • Marlon Franco

        You just have to connect to it using your new computer. It’s gonna be the same procedure and no need to reconfigure it.

    • corky

      having problems setting up nookcolor with router,  keeps disconnecting or stating not in range.  have skpoken with tech support at nook and the nook will not read the router. have followed everyones suggestion and still not helping.  all other equipment can read the router and connect.  phones lap top  …

      • Marlon Franco

        OK, first thing.. Is your router an “N” model or variant? I have read somewhere that NoolColor is not compatible with N ones, so might as well try to connect it to G model routers first, just to be sure.

    • Pearl

      I am trying to see up a D-Link camera ,and I have a Linksys..the instructions say to press the WRS button,but nothing happens when I push the button .. it says on some routers you may need to log into the web interface and then click an on scree button to activate the WPS feature ???
       Can you help me ??? 

    • thom

      I recently had a modem failure on my DSL line & the phone company came out & installed a new one. Now I cannot get on the internet. When I bypass the router all is fine but nothing if router is connected. I have a linksys wrt54g router &have checked all connections. All lights are green, network connections I’m connected both wired & wireless, (SSID is correct), but no activity light on modem & no internet. I’ve checked everything I know to check.getting desperate here. Please advise

      • Marlon Franco

        OK. Here’s what you got to do. You have to set the modem, and configure the PPoE, or DHCP authentication on the router. Let me know the brand of your modem, so that i can help you on how to configure it. Thanks

    • Gene Grode

      I have a Nook and can not connect to my Linksys -G wifi.  My computer has no problem and the Nook has no problem at Starbucks or friends house.  I called Nook and spoke to India for what seem like a life time.  Finally she said it was the router’s problem not allowing my AP address from my nook to be reconized… HELP

    • Boas

      I set up a linksys router and connected 12 pcs, one of them acting as a server. Then an ADSL modem provided the internet access. The IP addresses for the pcs were set on dynamic. The internet access and file sharing worked. I want to restrict some computers to access the intenet to  5 pm to 7.30 am and leave 3 pcs + server to have 24/7 internet access. How do i set it up on the system to work ?  

    • James

      i have a Linksys E1200 which I just bought when my other Linksys died. I also have a AT&T 3G Microcell which increases my cell phone strength though the Internet . With my old router it worked fine. With the new one it can’t find the Internet and will not connect to the 3G. AT&T can see the Microcell but they are not getting anything back from it. They have told me the ports on the new router may be set wrong. They directed me to a webpage which gives me the correct way to set the ports. I can’t find where they are located in th router settings. Linksys wanted $70 just to tell me how to do it. The router is working with my computer and iPads just fine. Just not the Microcell.

      HELP. !!!!!!!!

      • Marlon Franco

        Not sure about this, but if you are referring to port forwarding, you can access the configuration screen right at the Applications and Gaming Tab. Then go to Single Port Forwarding Page. If you don’t know which ports you need to open, then you can just set the router to DMZ mode, but makes sure to revert the settings after you’re done working with it.

    • Laura

      I have a linksys wireless router which was connected to a PC.  The PC has since died and the router is now connected to a laptop.  The issue is that the router no longer has the name we originally gave it (it comes up only as “linksys” now), nor is it secure.  Is this because it is no longer connected to the machine it was originally set up on?  How do I go about getting the old name and securing it with the old WEP code?  Thanks in advance for any help!

      • Marlon Franco

        Follow the instructions above on how to set WEP encryption. You can connect to the computer with a cable or wirelessly then access the configuration page by going to the 192.168….(see above). If you can’t remember the username/password of your router to get in to its configuration page, then you have to reset your router by pressing/holding the reset button using a pin or something that can fit in to the hole for about 30 seconds. Then access it again using the default username and password. The instructions are there, just have to read through it. Thanks

    • Jackie

      Before I get started, it’s possible that the answer to my issue is posted and I missed it. If I did I’m sorry. Please let me know and I will reread and try to understand it better. There is some type of conflict between my modem (working normally) and my router. I do not have the disc for it anymore. So I need help with the setup.Everything step by step, start to finish. (not exactly a computer wiz here) It’s a WRT54G V8. Please help if possible. Thank you for your time! 

      • Marlon Franco

        Ok, can you please provide the model of your modem too, and your ISP? Thanks

    • Ebonie

      Thank you for posting this information! So helpful =)

    • Michele

      I just got an I Pad 2 and I am having a hard time connecting to my Wi Fi.
      The Wi Fi worked great before on my pc lap top.
      Went to settings, turned on Wi Fi, selected my and put in my pass word and still can’t get on line.

      • Marlon Franco

        Hi Michelle, can you please provide the error message? Any other machine connected to it, that is/are working fine? We might need to reconfigure it, if nothing is working. You may follow the guide, or i will guide you through it, just let me know, ok? Thanks

    • Edwin Davis

      I’m having a problem with my Linksys wireless router – I think its a easy solution. Right now I have one of my MacBook’s working and connected to the wireless connection but with my other MacBook is not connected. I’m trying to use the same wireless connection and I had this work before when I was using Comcast Cable modem but now I’m using AT&T modem and that going into the Linksys wireless router. The network shows up on both of the MacBook’s but only one works. Is there someplace to change to have 2 users or something like that. Thanks.


      • Marlon Franco

        2 PCs, or MAC or more should be able to connect to the router. However, it could be about the other mac’s wireless settings. Can you tell me the error message that you are getting, whenever you try to connect? And are using WEP or WPA? And please let me know how you connect to the router.

    • Ellen Thompson

      I’m trying to set up security for my Linksys Wireless Router.  I’ve followed instructions to reset the router and tried to go to the http://192-168 address.  My computer would not load the page.  The message said,”Problem loading page.  The connection has timed out.  The server is taking too long to respond.”  I tried it several times.  What should I do now.  I’m worried that the router is unsecured.
      Thanks,  Ellen

      • Marlon Franco

        OK, its either you are not connected to the router via a cable or wirelessly. You have to connect to it first, before you can access the configuration page.

        • Rob Cranfill

          In order to access the 192.168… address, you *must* be hard-wired, not wirelessly, connected to the router.

    • Ellen Thompson

      …and yet, I’m able to reach this website and write to you.  I am connected to the internet, but I can’t get onto the configuration page.  Is there another url address I can use to access the configuration page through a link?

      • Beach Bouy

        Ellen, did you ever figure out why you could not get into your router’s configuration page ??? I’m having the same issue on a Linksys router I’ve had forever. I’m baffled on this.

    • Eugene Nowak

      My Linksys WRT 120 works very well but stops sending if I don’t work anymore on my laptop. What should I do to let the router working 24/7 ?   If I remove the power cable and connect again, the router starts sending again for a certain time. (But I have to crowle under the table all the time.!)
      Thank you for your helping answer.

    • rebecca

      was working on one laptop that said no network connection.  Checked another latptop and it was fine.  So i played around a bit and it would not work so i put in the linksys install CD again and started from scratch.  I kept the same password and SSID name but the security key changed.  AFter all that, i still cannot get on to the network and i do not know why… now none of our laptops, iphones, ipods etc can get the network.  Any thoughts?

    • Don Reddish

      Had WRT54G  installed on HP CP, all system shows connection to cable , etc…. but when attempting to access the internet, keep getting “unable to open this page”   tried re-installing, re-booting, to no avail….was working ok until i had modern replace of the Brighthouse cable system..ask Brighthouse for help, they said to contact Linksys..with what I stated, can anybody offer a suggestion…another comment, when attempting to access web from wireless laptop(which show wireless connection establish) but still get “unable to open this page”  about to shoot this linksys. 

    • janet G

      does anyone know if I can get a manual or info for a Linkys WRT15N ? I got this router and cannot find any info on it. thanks in advance

    • jeome

      how do you make a linksys router secure. i can get into the admin of the router but dont see how to configure to become secure.

      • jeome

        jerome again , I can access my wireless through my cell phone , I would assume i would need a pass code to use it or anyone could

      • Marlon Franco

        Please go to Wireless Settings. Please read the guide, and if you can’t find the specific option, please reply with your router’s model. Thanks

    • Dwight

      Hello…thanks for any help. I’m not sure if this problem is with my Linksys Router or not. Some say ISP; others my router, some say both..???.  I did a WinMTR test and found that a lot of packets are being lost between me and my server that I use for an internet radio station (ShoutCast) which I broadcast right off my PC live. This causes several disconnects which is discouraging to say the least. My question is, will changing (upgrading) my present router help?. The router I have now is @ 5 yrs old. The router I’m considering is a Linkysys Valet M-10-CA.  Is the router respsonsible at all for packet loss?…

      Thank you! 

    • Steve

      we are trying to program our grandstream 2000 ip phones and they cannot register to our provider. seems like the firewall is blocking the phones ability to do that. what setting needs to be made to get the phones to access the internet and make/receive calls?

    • Becky

      When I installed the disk, it says “downloading updates’ for several minutes now, nothing else is happening…

    • Kerry Johnson

      I tried to setup a secure network, I think I succeeded except I can only logon with one of my computers and the password I thought I used does not work. is there away I can reset it and start from scratch?

    • Jayne King

      I have purchased Ipod touch. My network passsword it not working. Just had a “tech” come to replace my internet connection. and think they may have reset it? what do I do to connect up to my linksys. and/or get a new password ( i have two lap tops on it ) 

    • Bonnie Wilkins

      I have screwed up the wireless contact to my ex-husbands house and now it is looking for my laptop for anyone to use the wireless in the house.  Woops….So  they have a   CISCO LINKSYS   (WRT160NV3)  can someone tell me how to reset the router back to the way it was.   HELP!!!    Thanks in advance!

      • Ron

        There should be a reset button on the back, hold it in for up to 30 seconds, and it should be like it was when it came out of the box.

    • Frank

      I recently got a new router, hookup was a cinch took all of about 5mins tops. My question is my old network connection keeps showing up which is quite bothersome and frustrating to be honest. How in heck can I make it go away, I do still have the old wrt54GS??/ I’m thinking I will try to hook it back up than hit the rest button in the back and hope it just goes away. Any ideas?? and thanks

      • Ron

        What operating system are you using?   the old connection is showing up in network connections in control panel?  If so, try deleting the connection.

    • Dan

      How do I set up my printer.  Model HPc6280

      • Ron

        You should start by using the install CD.  If you are unable to see the printer after the installation, then write back and give more details. (operating system, distance printer is from the computers,  if all computers have the same issue with the printer) 

    • Tim

      I have a Linksys WRT54G that suddenly wouldn’t let us access the internet. I reset the router and am now trying to go through the set up process again. I am not hardwired to the router as it is some distance from my desktop. I get to Step 11, click continue and then I lose access to the network! I have to go reset the router again to regain access. I try everything again and the same thing happens. Any ideas? Thanks for your input.

      • Jacki

        Having the same issue.. if anyone has a solution please let us know@

        • GK

          The best thing that you should do is to manually reconfigure the router.

    • David

      att sent me a new modem and it works pluged in to my computer but when I plug in to my linksys wrt54gs I can connect to the router but says internet not available
      do I have to change something in the router

    • Greg

      I just did a firmware update to my router (wrt160nv3). Now I can’t get my router to reconfigure. It doesn’t recognize my user name and/or password.

    • rick queen

      I have a cisco valet, and cant connect wirelessly,and don’t know my password. I have done all the unplugging and replugging,etc., and still no dice. I can connect wired on desktop and laptop. can you help me ?

    • Pam

      I just connected an old linksys WRT54GS and it’s working great. However, I am unable to connect to the router settings page to set up security. I tried wirelessly from my Mac and wired from a Dell multiple times and can’t connect. I can connect to any other website just fine.

      I hope you can help! Thank you!

      • GK

        Pam says:
        March 4, 2012 at 5:51 am (Quote)
        I just connected an old linksys WRT54GS and it’s working great. However, I am unable to connect to the router settings page to set up security. I tried wirelessly from my Mac and wired from a Dell multiple times and can’t connect. I can connect to any other website just fine.

        I hope you can help! Thank you!

        Hi Pam,

        try to do it offline. Unplug the router from the modem and connect your router directly to your computer using the blue cable. After that access page I guess that is the Linksys router’s default IP address. A login screen should appear then use your login username and passowrd for the router to get access to the web-based setup page.

      • Douglas

        hey use

    • Fred

      Someone gave me a Linksys wireless-G 2.4 GHZ (54Mbps) Broadband Router.
      I would like to know the basic steps to connect my Acer laptop to my wireless network. I have a wireless modem which DOES NOT have a built-in router), which is connected to my desktop computer.

      May I have some simple step by step instruction to connect the network to my laptop? Please send this instruction to the above email address as soon as possible.



    • Fred

      I should have included my email address: fredarn71@hotmail.com so the instruction(s) can be sent to me directly.


    • jack mosevich

      I was too given an unused wtr54gs linksys router but my friend lost the setup disk. do i need the setup disk? if so can I download a copy from somewhere? I am using a Mac with OS2 operating system

    • henry natal

      i have a linksys e1200 but my laptop has no cd or dvd so i cant play
      inclosed cd.

    • henry natal

      can i download copy to my laptop?

    • harsh

      thank you for the help and it works just fine and it was very helpful…. 🙂

    • Candy

      I’ve set up my router and wifi is working, but I don’t have internet. It always show internet cannot connect the page.
      Please help……

      • GK

        Hi Candy, have you already tried connecting your computer directly to the modem? If so, were you able to have an Internet access?

    • Daphne

      I bought a Linksys from a Sony Outlet store; it’s the E1000 v2. Apparently it was out of warrenty when I bought it and now the help desk wants to charge me for support. I tried to set it up but with no luck. Keeps saying check the connections which I have many times. Any suggestions or is this just a piece of crap?

    • Herb

      I have had my linksys router installed and working for more than a year. At times my WiFi signal is very low and I’m unable to connect to the Internet, even if my Ipad is sitting next to the router. I have been told that someone else in likely connecting to my router. Is this possible,and if so, do I need to password protect my router?

    • Mars

      Great help, finally connected with your info! Thanks.

    • John Reynish

      I have a Linksys ADSL2+ modem which is not wireless. Where do I go and what do I do to configure it to connect to broadband?

      • Marlon Franco

        John. Just connect the modem to your DSL line with a DSL filter (one end of the cable goes to the DSL Line). Use a network cable from your Linksys modem to your PC. If you are unsure what to do, read the manual or message me here. Your PC should detect the Linksys modem. and the configuration varies from your ISP. You can just run the setup wizard or call ISP for assistance. I might be able to help as well. What’s your ISP?

    • MARGE

      How do I connect my new Ipad with myu Linksys home network?

    • Celeste

      I’m stuck at first step. My router and adapter are up, I’m able to surf wifi with my hp now, but when I keyed to my Internet explorer on my desktop, there’s a pop up “Internet explorer could not open search page”. Please help

    • Phil

      How do I find my Mac address for my Mac Filter List?


    • Tony Paluch

      I have a WRT320N Linksys router in my home and I would like to put it into a closet in the center of the home. I use the router as a wireless router. Our home is a small 2 bedroom so we are not talking very far from one end to another. Will the WRT320N work just as well in the closet with the doors of the closet closed. Know nothing about routers or anyother technology. Please help.

      • Ajay Khule

        Hi Tony!
        I don’t think it would cause any problem. You can go through this link for some more information for inducting your wireless network.

    • Pat

      Followed all steps to set up password for Linksys WRT54G but wifi access does not recognize password I set. The key number works. What do I do?

      • Daniel Memetic

        Could you clarify the problem? Do you mean that the new router password isn’t working, but the WEP passphrase (usually referred to as “key”) works? Or is it that the WEP passphrase doesn’t work?

        If it’s the latter and you can get into your router (via you could just try changing your password, saving the change, and then make sure to type the passphrase correctly when connecting. Perhaps it may help to reboot (turn off and then on again) the router after you change the passphrase.

        If you can’t get into the router anymore you could reset it and then go through the configuration again, carefully. To reset press and hold the rest button on the back of the router for 30 seconds.

    • Dave

      I hooked up my WRT54GL router to my PC (hard wite)as described in the instructions. When I entered in the address line of web browser window I got a message that the site could not be found. Additionally the PC indicated that there was no internet connection. We were able to access the internet using a laptop with WiFi. The router was bought through e-bay and did not come with a setup disc.

    • logan

      my wrt54g had been acting up lately an i went to log in to the router itself it said “file upload now” and all the options were were”apply”,”reset”,and”browse” ???????????????

      • H3llas

        Did you tried resetting it to factory settings or tried upload new firmware file where it asks for it?

    • john

      How do we retrieve our password and reset a new one I have a wrt120n

      • H3llas

        Behind the router you usually have hole or factory reset button. While router is turned on put needle inside and firmly push. Hold for couple of secs. That will reset your router to factory settings. It will remove password or restore it to factory username and password which you can find in your router manual.

    • Lintdr

      Can a Linksys Router be put into a college dormitory room for students where there is only wifi?

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    • Anjem

      Steps are good although having issue usually happens can call on Linksys Support on

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