Routers are devices used to set up networks. A network connects a number of computers so that they can share resources and files. There are several brands available on the market, one being Linksys.
Choose the Linksys router according to your needs. Consider your budget and your main reasons for setting up a network. You can purchase Linksys routers from any computer store.
Unplug your cable or DSL modem from the electrical outlet. Connect the antennas to the wireless router.
Place the Linksys router where the distance between the users or the computers is almost identical. Place the router away from metals which get in the way of the connection’s signal. Proper placement of the router facilitates a better connection.
Attach an Ethernet cable to the Internet port of the router, which is found at the back of the device. The other end of this cable is then plugged into the lone port of the cable modem. It does not matter which end of the network cable you are going to plug since both ends have the same type of connector. A “click” upon attachment indicates the establishment of a secure connection.
Attach another Ethernet cable into the computer’s Ethernet port. Then, plug the other end of that Ethernet cable to one of the accessible ports at the back of the router. You can plug this end of the cable to any port, except the WAN port.
Plug the router into a nearby electric outlet to power it up. The power light will start blinking, indicating that the router is booting up. Wait for a few minutes for the power light to stop blinking. This means that the booting process is completed. Reboot the computer for it to have a new IP address from the router.
Configure your wireless router. On your computer, open up an Internet browser and type the address http://192.168.1.1/. This corresponds to the wireless router’s specific make. Hit Enter. In the pop-up box, type in “Admin” as the username and leave the password blank.
Hook up to the Internet and open Internet Setup. From the drop-down menu, select the type of connection you are using: “PPPoE” for DSL modems or “DHCP” for cable modems. If you are uncertain over which to choose, check with your Internet Service Provider.
Establish a service set identifier (SSID) to recognize the router and change the password. On the “Wireless Security” option of the Wireless Encryption Protocol key, type in a passphrase and hit “Generate.” This will create a password that will be required when a user connects to the router.