Setting up routers for local area networks, wired or wireless, in your home is usually an easy task. However, some users may experience problems performing this procedure. This is why we have come to the rescue of such users by providing in-depth details of the setup process. The router we have used is Linksys E3000, so if you have bought this particular model, then you can follow below-mentioned steps. The steps remain almost similar for other models, with slight differences.
First of all, you need to check the placement of the device in your home. That way, if you intend to use only the cable connection, try to place the router in a central location between computers. If you prefer to use the wireless system, try to install the device at a high point and close to the rooms where you use the computer the most.
After positioning the device, connect all Ethernet/RJ-45 cables to the corresponding ports on the computers and the router. On the Linksys device, avoid the port labeled “WAN” or that has a different color outline from the others. After doing this, plug the unit’s power adapter into the outlet and check that the power indicator is active.
Now, to power all devices with the internet connection, you need to connect the Ethernet cable that comes out of your modem to the “WAN” port of the router. Then wait for some time – something close to two or three minutes – and make sure that all computers connected by cable and Wi-Fi can access the internet. If not, reboot those where the problem was detected.
If problems persist on any machine, click the network icon next to the clock or in the System Tray. Now, right-click on your connection and select “Status.”
In the window that appears, choose “Properties”. Then in the second window, look for the option “TCP/IP version 4 protocol” and double-click it.
Now, check the two options that offer addresses automatically, as in the image below, and finish by clicking “OK”.
With problematic machines already running, it is time to configure the settings of the used router. To do this, open your browser, type http://192.168.1.1/ and press Enter.
If the browser does not respond, look in the user manual for the specific address of the model. However, the company’s handsets usually receive this factory setting.
A window will now appear prompting you for the user name and password to log in. In the first one, use “Admin” and, second, leave blank, confirming the operation soon after.
If you are not seeing a screen in English, select the language in the first field of the window.
Now, make sure your internet settings are set to “DHCP” or another automatic option.
To set a name and password for accessing your wireless network, select the “Wireless” tab at the top of the window. Now fill in the fields as specified below:
- Network Mode: Mixed
- Network name: “Choose a name”
- Channel Location: Automatic
- Wireless Channel: Auto
If there is a second table similar to the first, repeat the same settings, and then save the changes.
Under the “Wireless Security” subtab, you can see two fields. One field will be asking about the security mode you want to use (choose “WPA2-Personal”) and in the second field, set a password. After that, save the changes again.
As a result, your device must be working properly. Otherwise, you must be experiencing some IP incompatibility problem between the devices you are using. If that is the case, then consult Linksys Router setup and support providers because they can help you get out of such problems in the most comprehensive manner.