How to Setup Linksys WRT610N Router

Linksys WRT610N is an excellent, true simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless Router device for wireless/home networking needs of homes and small offices. The device supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and offers HD video streaming, file sharing, music, gaming, and hooking up devices among other miscellaneous things. Among other features offered by this device include Wi-Fi Protected Setup, cloud storage, outstanding performance, and user-friendly etc. All these features together make this excellent Linksys device, which you would love to set up for wireless, firewall, music, games, and TV etc. to make your life as easy as possible.

Step 1:- Router Setup Wizard

To setup your Linksys router with the router setup wizard, you need just the Linksys WRT610N router installation CD along with its username & password, and the username and password provided by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to setup your DSL/Cable Internet connection. To begin with software installation, you need not connect your router to your computer at this point as you will be instructed by the Router Setup Wizard during the course. So simply pop the Linksys WRT610N router installation CD in the drive of your computer and wait for it to automatically play. The Linksys Router Setup Wizard should pop up automatically. Click “Start Setup” (or whatever option you see thereon) on the screen and then follow the on-screen prompts to setup your Linksys WRT610N router. When prompted, connect your router to a power outlet and to your computer using appropriate cables. Set up and configure your router settings for wireless network setup or custom password as desired.

P.S. If the installation media doesn’t auto-play, go to Computer (Windows 8/Windows 7) or My Computer (XP/Vista) and double click the Linksys WRT610N router installation CD icon.

Step 2:- Browser-based Setup Utility

If you have misplaced the disk or just don’t want to go through this software installation procedure, this method is for you. It’s simple and interactive and let you quickly set up your router and configure your settings

1. Plug Linksys WRT610N router into a power outlet but don’t turn it on (we’ll do it in next steps)

2. Connect the router to the computer using the Ethernet cable

3. Connect the router to the DSL/Cable modem using the Internet cable

4. Power on the router and other devices like computer (if it’s not already turned on) and the modem

5. Check that the Power Led is solid green (not flashing). The Internet LED is lit up when the connection is made via the Internet port. This light flashes when there is a network activity via the Internet port. The Wireless light is lit up when you enable the Wireless feature. If this light flashes, it indicates a data transmission through the network.
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6. When the connection is OK, open your web browser and type “192.168.1.1”  (without quotes and as is) in the address bar and hit Enter. If the page is drawn blank, try “WRT610N” (without quotes and as is). The “Connect to …” page should open up. Enter the default password namely “admin” (if this is the first time you are setting up or you have never set up a custom password) in the Password box and leave the User name box blank.

7. When logged in to user interface (LINKSYS®by Cisco), the first screen you will see will be “Basic Setup”. This screen will let you configure general settings viz. language, Internet setup, Automatic Configuration and other miscellaneous things. Configure the general settings as desired. If you don’t want to configure any other setting, click “Save Settings” to save changes.

Step 3: Configure Wireless Router Settings

If you want to configure a wireless network (SSID) to wirelessly browse, stream content, share files, play games, hook up TV, Roku or other devices, and do lots more with ease and comfort and make most out of your Linksys device. To configure a wireless network, follow the steps given below.

1. Click the Wireless tab and select one of the options from “Manual” and “Wi-Fi Protected Setup”. Decide which method you want to use to set up your wireless network.

2. If you choose Manual, type the name of your SSID (wireless network name, it can be anything for e.g. Poppy), select the channel number, and create a security key (WEP or WPA-PSK etc.). Don’t forget to make a note of all the information for future purposes (if you misplace the wireless security key). Click “Save Settings” to save your settings and then begin to connect to your wireless network.

3. If you choose “Wi-Fi Protected Setup”, you can set it up in 3 ways viz. using the Wi-Fi Protected Setup button on your device (provided that the client’s device has the same button); using the Wi-Fi Protected Setup PIN number; or using your router’s PIN.

4. When done setting up your wireless network, click “Save Settings

Refer to your Linksys WRT610N router manual to configure or modify other miscellaneous settings. Should you face any problems, call us at +1-877-907-4935 and get an expert to help you.

How to make Windows 7 Faster?

Windows 7 has a remarkable presence on millions of computers because of its advanced features, usefulness, compatibility with third-party programs, speed, performance, functionality, and other miscellaneous outstanding advancements. Despite that it’s an advanced operating system with lots of features, it may run in trouble following the continuous use of computer, accumulation of junk on the hard disk, run of heavy applications, download of virus or other malicious infections which eat up a lot of RAM, disk errors, corrupt Windows Registry, and other miscellaneous reasons. We have compiled a list of tried and tested workarounds which will help you make your Windows 7 run faster.
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Step 1: Run Built-in Performance Troubleshooter:

  • Click ‘Start’> type ‘troubleshooter’ (without quotes) in the Search box> click Troubleshooter from search results to open it
  • Under the ‘System and Security’ tab, click ‘Troubleshooting’> click ‘Check for performance issues
  • The troubleshooter will now automatically scan and fix performance issues.

Step 2: Clear up Startup Programs:

  • Click ‘Start’> type ‘msconfig’ in Search bar> click ‘System Configuration
  • On System Configuration window, click the ‘boot’ tab> ‘Advanced
  • Under the ‘Number of processes’> select number of processes (keep 2 or 4) from the list> click ‘OK’. This will speed up the boot time and make Windows 7 run faster.

Step 3: Change Thumbnail Preview:

  • Click ‘Start’> type ‘regedit’ in the Search box> click ‘rededit.exe’ or Windows Registry whichever you see in search results
  • §  Go to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER’> ‘Control Panel’> ‘Mouse’> double-click ‘MouseHoverTime’ on the right-hand side window.
  • §  Reduce the value to something low such as 100. The value is further reducible.
  • Click ‘OK’ to exit the window. Exit Windows Registry.

Step 4: Add More RAM:

We aren’t suggesting you to purchase more hardware pieces, which may perk up your PC’s performance. However, if you are running heavy applications, which consume a lot of memory resources for your office work or projects, then you should attach more RAM to your computer. Low memory is one among the common reasons that causes your PC to slow down. You can also use Windows ReadyBoost, which helps you safely and reliably optimally use the existing space and avoid slowdown.

Step 5: Repair Disk Errors:

Repair disk errors at least once in a week. These errors are created on the PC’s hard disk due to an unexpected program crash or power outage, resulting in slow performance. Windows 7 has several inbuilt tools which can detect and remove these errors and make the PC maintain its optimum performance. Check the steps given below:

  • Click ‘Start’> ‘Computer’> right click the hard disk/drive (C:\ or D:\) you may want to check and then click ‘Properties’.
  • Click ‘Tools’> ‘Check now’ in the ‘Error-checking’ section
  • Click ‘Automatically fix file system errors’ before clicking the ‘Check now’ option. This will now auto-scan and repair the problems. But if you don’t select this option, it will simply display the problems but not repair them.
  • If you want a complete disk checkup, select ‘Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors’. This will scan and fix all the errors including those on the hard disk. Remember, this may take good amount of time.
  • If you want to check and fix both physical errors and files errors, then choose both the options viz. ‘Automatically fix file system errors’ and ‘Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors’. When done, click Start to restart your computer
  • If you choose ‘Automatically fix file system errors’, you will be asked to re-schedule your next disk checkup whenever the PC is restarted

Step 6: Run Disk Cleanup Utility:

  • Click ‘Start’> ‘All Programs
  • Click ‘Accessories’> ‘System Tools’> ‘Disk Cleanup’. This will automatically scan and clean the disc
  • If a box like ‘Disk Cleanup: Drive Selection’ comes up, select the disk you like to cleanup and click ‘OK’.
  • Select the files that you may like to remove, click ‘OK’, and then click ‘Delete Files’. This will remove all the unnecessary files that choked your PC.
  • If you want to clean up files from other/all users, then choose ‘More Options

Step 7: Run Registry Repair Tool:

If Windows Registry contains corrupt registry entries, run a registry repair/cleaner tool. You can download a free or paid registry cleaner tool viz. Registry Clean Expert, Auslogic registry cleaner, TweakNow Registry Cleaner, and GlaryUtilities registry cleaner among others.

Step 8: Manually Edit Registry Entries:

It is never recommended to modify the registry entries manually if you are not an expert or professional technician. Tweaking the registry entries may result in partial or full system crash.

Step 9: Perk Up Shutdown Time:

  • Click ‘Start’> type ‘regedit’ in the Search bar> click ‘regedit.exe’ or ‘Windows Registry
  • Click ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’> ‘SYSTEM’> ‘CurrentControlSet’> ‘Control
  • On the left-hand side where it shows the default value 12000, reduce the value to something lower such as 2000 or something else. Click OK to exit the window. Exit Windows Registry.

Step 10: Run Automatic Windows Update:

  • Click ‘Start’> ‘All Programs’> ‘Windows Update
  • Click ‘Change settings’ in the left-hand side pane
  • Click ‘Install Updates automatically (recommended)’ under the ‘Important Updates’ section
  • Check the box beside ‘Give me updates the same way I receive important updates’ below the ‘Recommended updates’ section. Click ‘OK’ to exit the window.

Step 11: Keep your PC Virus-free:

It is inevitable to avoid spyware, virus, worm, or Trojan among other malicious infections while browsing the Internet, checking social networking updates, chatting with friends on MSN Messenger or Yahoo! Messenger, or downloading your favorite music or video content from miscellaneous websites. These infections can wrack havoc on your computer by slowing it down, causing a system crash, or stealing confidential information without your consent and knowledge. It is always recommended that you install a robust security software protection like anti-virus or anti-spyware etc. on your PC. Besides, update your security program regularly in order to avoid security loopholes that may occur without latest updates. These updates are latest virus, security definitions that help protect your PC from ever-growing malicious infections.
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Additional Tips:

  • To perform the disk checkup utility, you must be logged into your PC as an administrator. If you don’t log on as admin., you will be able to make change to your user account only but not others.
  • You can also download a free disk cleanup tool such as Wise Disk Cleaner from http://www.wisecleaner.com/download.html. Copy and paste the link in your web browser to download it.
  • You can run Disk Defragmenter utility and optimize your Internet Explorer and clear the temp files and history.
  • You can disable visual effects if you want to enhance performance of your PC rather than the good-looking interface.
  • If you are unable to figure out whether a software or hardware is causing the slowdown problem, try these simple steps. Reboot your PC in the ‘Safe Mode’ option. Windows, in ‘Safe Mode’, starts without settings or drivers that slow your PC. Therefore, if your PC performs sluggish in ‘Safe Mode’, then there is a hardware problem. If it does not, it’s a software issue.

Should you face any problems while performing these steps or you don’t see any effect in speed post applying them, call us at +1-877-907-4935 and get an expert to help you.

How to Setup a Linksys Router for DSL Internet

Your Linksys router facilitates both the Internet connection types viz. DSL and cable to help you browse the Internet, email, stream multimedia content, and share files etc. However you can most of your Linksys router if you set up it with the DSL Internet connection, which offers great non-sharable bandwidth, high-speed, and outstanding performance for both wired and wireless networks. As it is understood that you want to set up your Linksys router with the DSL Internet connection, you can check the below mentioned steps for a look at the procedure.

Before you begin with the setup procedure, keep your DSL connection details viz. username and password etc. (provided by your ISP) handy.

Things To-Do:

  • Plug the router in a power outlet and let it boot up
  • Your computer should be connected to your DSL modem (if there is any)
  • Make sure that you can browse the Internet

Using the installation disk

If you have an installation disk for your Linksys router, pop it in to your computer’s optical drive and wait for it to play. When detected, the Linksys router Setup Wizard will come up and prompt you to follow the on-screen instructions. The installation wizard will automatically detect what type of connection viz. DSL or cable you are using and prompt you to enter the details accordingly. Do as instructed by the wizard and connect your Linksys router to your computer and the DSL modem. Complete the installation and you are done. Don’t forget to setup your DSL connection, wireless network and/or customize your settings as desired to browse the Internet wirelessly and do a lot more.
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Without the installation disk

Step 1

First connect your Linksys device physically to your DSL modem and the computer using the Ethernet cable. The cable should go in the LAN port of the computer and modem from your Linksys router’s port. Also run the DSL phone line into the Internet port of your Linksys router from the DSL modem. A right setup is the only way to proceed with the DSL Internet setup procedure on the Linksys’ web interface while a wrong setup will not fetch anything except annoyance. If you need help with the setup, refer to your Linksys router setup manual or your DSL modem’s manual.

Step 2

Once all the three devices viz. computer, router, and modem are connected, open your web browser. In the browser address bar, type “192.168.1.1” and hit Enter. If it draws a blank page for you, you must try “192.168.2.1”. Once the “Connect to” page appears, enter your default username and password for your Linksys device and click OK. You can check your router’s documents for the default username & password details. The username for a Linksys device is usually “admin” and the password is none (it means that the password field is left blank).

Step 3

When logged in to the Linksys router user interface, click the Setup tab> select a type viz. “PPPoE” or “Automatic Configuration DHCP” to setup your DSL Internet connection from the drop-down arrow beside Internet Setup. If you select PPPoE, type the username and password provided by your ISP in the relevant boxes, and select the radio button beside “Keep Alive”. Click Save Settings to save changes. Click the Status tab to check whether your DSL Internet connection is connected or not. If it is disconnected, click the Connect button.

Step 4

If you select Automatic Configuration – DHCP, simply enter the IP address for your Linksys router in the IP Address box beside Router Address and then click Save Settings. If you don’t know the IP address for your router, open Command Prompt and type “ipconfig/release” and hit Enter. Now type “ipconfig/renew” and hit Enter. Note the IP address beside “Default Gateway” (and not IP Address) and enter it into the IP Address box. Click Save Settings. You now have successfully setup your Linksys device with your DSL Internet connection. Start browsing or setting up a wireless network.

P.S. If your Linksys router has a built-in modem, you don’t need a DSL modem at all. Simply run the phone line into your Linksys device from the computer and also connect each other using the Ethernet cable and then start setting up the device with DSL connection. You can setup your Linksys device now with our without the software disk. Check above mentioned procedure for the same.

Should you face any problems while setting up your Linksys router with the DSL connection, call us at +1-866-541-1792 and get an expert to help you.

How to Factory Reset Toshiba Laptop Without Disc

If a virus has blown your Toshiba laptop or its hard drive is almost full, you can restore it to factory settings to bring it to the out-of-box state. Resetting a Toshiba laptop is easy as it has a recovery partition hidden in the hard drive, and hence doesn’t need a recovery disc. In fact no Toshiba model (since mid-2007) comes with a recovery disc to restore the factory settings. Check the steps given below and factory reset your Toshiba device without disc.

Step 1: Backup Data

Backup whatever is important to you. It depends entirely on you how much data you want to carry back to your factory reset laptop. You can choose to back up your data to a cloud server using a cloud data backup and restore solution or to a hard drive as desired.

Step 2: Power off Toshiba laptop

Power off your Toshiba laptop and remove attached peripherals, be it a router, wireless printer, or USB drive etc. When you have removed all peripherals, press & hold down the “0” (zero) key on the keyboard and simultaneously press the Power button. When you hear a beep, release the 0 button.
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Step 3: Windows boots now

Let Windows boot up. You will see a “Windows is loading files” prompt on the screen. Wait while Windows loads and displays a warning message. Click “Yes” to proceed. On the next screen, select “Recovery of Factory Default Software” and click “Next”. On the next screen, click to select “Recover to out-of-box” again then click “Next”. Click “Next” again to start recovering the factory defaults. Follow rest of the on-screen instructions and complete the recovery.

Step 4: Plug the AC Adapter in

The factory restore may take a good amount of time depending on how much data you have on your computer. So, plug in your AC adapter into the power source and let the battery of your Toshiba be charged. When done,

Should you face any problems while factory resetting your Toshiba laptop or after the reset, call us on 1-877-907-4935 and get an expert to help you.

How to Setup Encryption on a Linksys Router

It doesn’t take much for a neighbor of yours or a hacker to take advantage of your wireless network and steal its bandwidth and configurations like SSID and wireless key etc., modify your router settings, and wrack havoc on your computer. While the consequences are dreadful, it takes nothing much to encrypt your Linksys router and make your life as easy as it can be. By encryption, we hereby mean to secure your Linksys router and configurations by setting up a WPA-PSK or WEP key for it. You can make this key as unique as possible to ensure maximum protection for your router and the network. WPA-PSK provides the strongest protection while WEP provides basic-level protection.

To setup encryption on your Linksys router, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Connect your Linksys router

Connect your Linksys router directly to your computer with the Ethernet cable and launch your browser. Type 192.168.1.1 in your browser’s address bar and hit Enter. If it draws a blank, type 192.168.2.1 and hit Enter. On the login screen, type your username and password and click OK.

Step 2: Navigate to the right option

On the next screen, click the Wireless tab> Wireless Security, the sub-tab. click Manual, the radio button beside Configuration View. The navigation may vary from model to model. If you need help finding the option to setup encryption, refer to your Linksys router setup manual. Depending on your router model, you may see Wireless Security option (need to select it) in place of Configuration View.
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Step 3: Setup right encryption

Linksys router offers WEP, WPA Personal, WPA2 Personal, and WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode encryption types to encrypt the network. WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode is the strongest security type and you must choose it to make sure that your network stay protected. To setup WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode type level, click to select WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode from the drop-down arrow beside Security Mode and type a case-sensitive passphrase (at least 8-character long, maximum 63-chracters, alpha-numeric acceptable). In certain models, instead of WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode, you may see PSK2-Mixed. Don’t get confused as PSK2-Mixed and WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode are the same encryption types. Type this key on a piece of paper so that you can recover it in case you forget it. When done, click Save Settings to apply the encryption.

Step 4: Setup WPA2 Personal

WPA2 Personal is one level less secured than WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode but is still worth putting on. From the Security Mode menu, select WPA2 Personal and type a case-sensitive 8-63 character long alpha-numeric passphrase in the Passphrase box. In certain Linksys models, WPA2 Personal may be termed as WPA Pre-Shared Key or else PSK Personal. Don’t get confused as these terms are synonymous to each other. Note down your key and click Save Settings to save changes.

Step 5: Setup WEP

WEP is the classic type of security level which offers basic protection for your router and the settings. Many contemporary routers don’t even support WEP encryption. However, your Linksys router does support WEP type and you can set it up if you want to keep a simple password which can be easily remembered. From the Security Mode menu, select WEP and type a key. Make a note and click Save Settings.

Step 6: Miscellaneous Security Features

You can setup other miscellaneous security features like Mac (Media Access Control) address and disabling of the SSID broadcast of your Linksys router to ensure maximum protection for your network from hackers and unauthorized users.

Setup an encryption type for your Linksys router and should you face any problem, call us at +1-877-907-4935 and get an expert to help you.

How to Setup a Belkin Router with Windows 8

Windows 8 integrates Windows Connect Now, a technology which lets you automatically set up your Belkin router by pushing the network settings. Windows Connect Now has been there in Windows 7 and Vista SP2 also and its extension to Windows 8 makes it possible for a router user like you to take its advantage and setup and configure your wireless network, customize password, and do a lot more. Other than Windows Connect Now, you can set up your Belkin router the old ways viz. the installation media and web interface. Here are discussed all the options to setup a Belkin router in Windows 8. Check them below here.

Using Windows Connect Now

Step 1

Plug your Belkin router into the power outlet and turn it on. Wait while the router boots up. Since you are using Windows Connect Now, you need not connect the router to computer or the DSL/Cable modem using the Ethernet cable. Push “Wi-Fi Protected Setup” button on your Belkin device to let Windows Connect Now detect it and find network settings for it. If your Belkin router shows “Compatible with Windows” or the Windows logo, it means you can connect using Windows Connect Now. If you don’t see any of this on your Belkin device, you can’t connect via Windows Connect Now (WCN).

Step 2

Once you see the WCN capability on your router, click the Network icon in the system tray of your Windows 8 computer and a list of all the available networks will appear up. Locate the default Belkin router network, click it and then click Connect. If your Belkin router network is password protected, it would prompt you for a wireless security key. Refer to your Belkin router setup manual for the default network name and the key and get going. Follow rest of the instructions to set it as your home network and/or customize your settings.

Using Belkin Router Setup Disk

Step 1

Load the Belkin installation disk into the optical drive of your Windows 8 computer and wait for it to auto-play. When prompted, start the installation and connect your Belkin router physically to your computer and the DSL/cable modem using the Ethernet cable. Follow the on-screen prompts and set up and configure your router.

Using Belkin Router Web Interface

Step 1

You don’t need the installation disk or anything else to setup your Belkin device this way. Simply physically connect (using the Ethernet cable) your router to your computer and the DSL/cable modem. When properly connected, open your Internet browser and type 192.168.2.1 in the address bar. Hit Enter to proceed. Click Login and then type your default password in the Password field. Click Login after entering the password and you will now be logged on to your Belkin router. From here, you can begin to set up your wireless network (SSID), setup a new router password, enable a firewall, setup parental controls, and do other miscellaneous things.
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Choose any one of these methods and setup your Belkin router today and should you face any problems while or after doing so, call us at +1-877-907-4935 and get an expert to help you.

How to Setup a Linksys Router without CD

It’s pretty simple to setup a Linksys router without the installation disk and customize network settings, change the default password, setup firewall or parental controls to keep kids safe online, and do lots more. This kind of setup rocks when you don’t have the installation disk. Check the steps given below and setup your Linksys router without the help of the installation disk.

Step 1: Prepare your Linksys router

Connect your Linksys router to your computer and to the DSL/cable modem using the Ethernet cable(s) that came with it. Plug your router into the power outlet also and turn it on. Wait for the router to boot up and complete the power cycle. If properly connected, you should see the LED lights turned on the modem. If you need help with physical setup, refer to the Linksys router setup manual. Also make sure that you have an active, working Internet connection. To make sure that the Internet is working, browse a website or two.

Step 2: Collect all the information

To be able to setup and use your Linksys router, you will need the default username and password (check the Linksys router setup manual) to log on to it. If needed, keep the password and username handy for your Internet connection also. Once you have the required information, move onto the next step.

Step 3: Access Linksys’ Web Interface

Open your web browser and type 192.168.1.1 and hit the Enter key to proceed. If by any chance, the page is drawn blank, try this number 192.168.2.1. On the Connect to dialog box, type the username, which is “admin” in most of the router brands and the password field is usually left blank. However, you do refer to your router manual for this default information. Once you have entered the username, click OK. You should be now logged on to the web interface of your router.

Step 4: Customize your router

Now that you are logged on to your Linksys router, customize your settings. You can now setup a wireless network viz. SSID to connect, browse, and stream wirelessly, configure an access point, setup a PPPoE connection, or enable firewall etc. For e.g. if you want to setup a wireless network, click the Wireless tab and then proceed with the settings.
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Should you face any problems while setting up your Linksys router without the installation disk, call us at +1-866-541-1792 and get an expert to help you.