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.

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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 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 Block Unwanted Websites on a Belkin Router

If you are an IT administrator, a parent or an individual user, you know how difficult it is to protect your wireless network from spam, adult or other unwanted websites which may instantly distribute spam on your computer and compromise your information. As more concerned you are about your security, kids or employees (or other users of your computer) are as careless about online safety and the consequences upon a breach. Since it’s not possible for you to keep a constant eye on what website is being accessed on the Internet and what’s not, the best thing you can do is to block unwanted websites. With a Belkin router, it is simple to block unwanted websites and protect your network from hackers and bandwidth thieves.

Depending on your Belkin router’s model, it should have a parental control feature enabling which will help you give control on the incoming/outgoing website content. If your router doesn’t have a parental control feature, check if it has any such feature to block websites. You can refer to your Belkin router setup manual for more information on the same or visit the Belkin website for that matter.
Step 1
Some new Belkin router models come pre-integrated with Norton-powered website filters which help you block malicious, adult and other unwanted websites easily. Check if your router came installed with the website filters feature so that you can enable it. Follow the steps given below and enable the desired website filter.
Step 2
Open your web browser and type “192.168.2.1” in the address bar (without quotes) and hit Enter. The Login screen should come up. click the Login button and enter the desired password in the Password field. The field is left blank by default unless you have set up a custom password. Click the Submit button to log in. In the left hand side menu, click Website Filters under Parental Controls. On the Website Filers screen, you will see 4 filtering options viz. Block Malicious, Adult and other non-family friendly sites, Block malicious and adult sites, Block malicious sites, and No Filters (null). All these four options are self-explanatory, choose one which does the needful for you.
Step 3
Once you have selected the desired filter, click the Apply Changes button to save your changes. The website filter is now enabled. However to make the filter effective, you will need to do one more thing. First of all exit the router interface and then do this. Clear the browsing history, cookies, and temporary cache (Temp folder) on your computer to make the website filter work.
Step 4
If your Belkin device is old and is not powered with Norton website filters, look for the Parental Controls feature. Click it from the left hand side menu and login with your username and password if prompted. The Parental Controls feature might be included as a subscription-based service to your router. So check with your Belkin router support if it needs to be subscribed first in order to be used.
Step 5
Once logged in to Parental Controls, click Modify> Overrides. Type the website name (URL address, for e.g. http://www.facebook.com) or the desired keyword which you want to block in the desired field and select the Always blocked button. If you want to block more websites, separate them with commas. When done, click Apply Changes to make it effective. Your network should then not receive any spam, adult, malicious content from the blocked websites. You can now stay tension free always and enjoy and let others enjoy Internet access without being worried.
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How to Setup Firewall on a Belkin Router

A firewall is a software program or hardware device designed to monitor incoming and outgoing traffic from a computer and block hackers from connecting to it and malicious software from downloading on to it. Since firewall is an important security program, many modern devices come pre-loaded with it. Your Belkin router is one of these devices which come pre-loaded with firewall to protect you online when surfing the web, emailing, downloading or doing many more things. To be able to get your Belkin wireless router firewall protect you when on the wireless network, you will have to enable or setup it. That’s exactly what I can help you with.

Check the below mentioned instructions here and set up firewall on your Belkin router:

Log in to Belkin router setup utility on the web interface. To do so, open your web browser and type ‘192.168.2.1’ in the address bar. Hit Enter to proceed. On the login screen, enter your Belkin router password and click Submit.

On the Belkin Setup utility page, click LAN Setup menu in the left hand panel and you will see the current configuration including firewall of your Belkin router. Under Features, you can also see whether firewall is enabled or not.

Now that you are sure firewall is not enabled, click the Firewall menu in the left hand panel to make firewall settings show up on the screen. Click to select the Enable button and then click Apply Changes to save your firewall configuration. That’s all it takes to setup your Belkin router’s firewall and enjoy safety and protection while online and even offline.

One thing I would like to remind you about here is that a firewall (specifically router’s) when enabled blocks ports for certain websites and content streaming, particularly when you are using XBOX 360 which becomes unable to communicate with XBOX LIVE. To be able to get around this problem, you will have to open certain ports in your router. Enabling ports is also known as port forwarding, a popular technique to allow communication and streaming
These port numbers include Port 88 (UDP), 3074 (UDP & TCP), 53 (UDP & TCP), and 80 (TCP). To enable all these ports, you will have to log in to your Belkin router’s web-based setup utility (check the first step) and navigate to Firewall> Virtual Servers. On the next screen, you can fill in the desired port numbers here.
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Do check the Enable box and type a description in the Description box (for e.g. game). Select port type viz. UDP or TCP or both from the drop-down menu. Enter IP address and the Private Port if desired and click the Apply Changes button. That’s it and the ports in your router will be enabled.

How to Configure MAC Access Control on a Belkin Router

If you are using a Belkin wireless router, chances are that while going through Belkin router support documentation you might have checked about MAC Access Control List. Not many users know about MAC Access Control feature in their Belkin devices. Let me tell you something about it. MAC Access Control List is one among the three wireless security features that Belkin routers have. The other two are WEP and WPA-PSK. I am sure most of the users must have heard about these two security types.
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In fact these are the most widely used encryption types when configuring wireless networks. On the other hand, MAC Access Control List is rarely used by anyone when configuring wireless security. MAC (Media Access Control) Access Control List is a type of protocol that helps you set up grant or deny access to other wireless devices that try to connect to your wireless network. Thus it protects yours wireless network and data.

Check the step-by-step instructions below and configure MAC Access Control List on your Belkin router:

  • To be able to set up MAC Access Control List on your router, you will first need to know the MAC address, also known as physical address, of the device you want to allow or deny access to your network. If you don’t know the MAC address of the device you want to block or allow, you won’t be able to set up MAC encryption for it.
  • For example, you can add your computer(s) or devices on your network to the list of safe networks. To find out your devices’ MAC address, open Command Prompt from the Start menu> All Programs> Accessories and then do this.
  • Type ‘ipconfig /all’ and hit Enter. Note down the number in the format XX:XX:XX:XX beside Physical Address under a specific device. You may see many physical addresses listed there for different devices. You will have to note down the right physical address of the device you wish to add to or block from your network.
  • When done, exit the Command Prompt window. Connect your computer directly to your Belkin router using the Ethernet cable. You can do so only by disconnecting the modem, the middleman between your computer and the router.
  • Connect one end of the cable into the Ethernet port of your computer and run its other end into the LAN port of Belkin router. When connected, check the light’s status on the router to make sure that your router and computer are connected properly.
  • Open your web browser. Type ‘192.168.2.1’, the router’s IP address in the address bar and hit Enter. When prompted, enter your router password and click Submit. You can use the default password if you never set up a custom one. You can also refer to your Belkin router support documents to check the default login details.
  • Once logged in, you will see the Belkin Router Setup screen. Click MAC Address Control under the Wireless menu in the left hand side. If prompted, enter your router password again.
  • Now if you want to allow a device to be able to connect to your network, click Allow. If you want to prevent a device from connecting to your network, click Deny.
  • Click inside the given box and then enter the MAC address of the desired device. You will have to enter MAC address only in this specified format ‘00:17:XX:XX:XX:XX’. Continue this step if you wish to add or block more wireless devices.
  • When done, click Apply Changes and exit the router’s interface. That’s it and all your worries about your wireless network’s safety will be gone.

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***Belkin routers are usually shipped without any password. In other words it means that the Password box is generally left blank (as the default password is none). However, you must refer to your Belkin router support docs before entering anything blindly.