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.

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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.

How to Assign a New Password to Your Router

Routers come with built-in password-protection feature, which allow users to protect them from other users who can modify their customized settings and take advantage for ill purposes. All the routers whether Linksys, Netgear, Cisco, Buffalo, D-Link etc. come with default usernames & passwords which can be modified to create custom ones. Those who actually are more concerned about their security can assign and re-assign custom passwords to their routers. Here in this, I am going to discuss about the same to help you make your router settings and network details protected.

Follow the steps given below and assign a new password to your router:

Step 1

Log in to your router’s web console. You can do so by opening your web browser, entering the router IP address in the address bar and hitting Enter. The IP address of the router usually comes printed on the router setup documents. Some routers also have their IP addresses printed at their bottom of backside. For example, Netgear has its IP address printed at its back.

If you are unable to find your router’s IP address, open Command Prompt and type “ipconfig /all”. Hit Enter to proceed. Note down the number in format like 000.000.0.0 in front of Default Gateway heading. Put this number in your browser’s address bar and proceed to login.

To help you, I’ve also listed IP addresses for some of the popular router brands here:

Belkin – 192.168.1.1

D-Link – 192.168.0.1

Linksys – 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1

Netgear – 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1

Step 2

The router login screen pulls up now. Enter the login credentials viz. username and/or password for your router in the relevant boxes and proceed. If you set up a custom password, enter it or else use the default information. The default username and password of your router comes printed at your router setup documents. Some of the brands may also have their default credentials printed at their bottom sides. For example, Netgear has its default login details printed at its bottom.

Belkin – Username: none (the field is left blank); Password: none (the field is left blank)

D-Link – Username: none (the field is left blank); Password: none (the field is left blank)

Linksys – Username: admin; Password: admin

Netgear – Username: admin; Password: password

Once you have entered the correct login details, click Login or Submit which button you see on the screen to login to the router interface.

Step 3

When logged in, you will see different options on the screen to view and/or change your existing configurations and settings. Since you want to assign a new password to your router, you will have to navigate to its setting. Depending on your router brand and model, you may have different options to navigate. Refer to your router setup manual for the navigation and change the password. Here I have also described the methods to assign a new password (once logged into the router interface) to these popular router brands.

Belkin – Click Utilities> System Settings> type a new password in the Type in New Password box> re-enter the password in the Confirm Password box

D-Link – Click Tools> Admin> enter a new desired password in the Admin box> click Apply> Continue to save changes.

Linksys – Click Administration> Router Password> enter a new password in the Password box> re-enter the password in the Re-enter to confirm box> click Save Changes to save changes

Netgear – Click Maintenance> Set Password> enter old password in the Old Password box> type your new password in the New Password box,> re-enter the password in the Confirm Password box> click Apply to save changes.
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If you are using any other router other than these brands, refer to its setup documents as I mentioned earlier. With these instructions, you should be able to successfully assign a new password to your router. Exit your router’s web console when you are done. Make a note of the password and keep it safe and away from the reach of unauthorized users.

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.

How to Update Belkin Wireless Router Drivers

Your Belkin wireless router is just a machine that needs a mediator to be able to talk to your computer. This mediator is the driver software which establishes communication between your router and the computer. Without drivers, your Belkin router won’t be able to connect your computer and work. Unless your router is connected, neither can you set up a wireless network, browse the web wirelessly or do miscellaneous things. Thus drivers are pivotal for the operation of all such machines.

To help your Belkin wireless router function properly, it is mandatory to update its drivers regularly. If you do not do so, your Belkin device will start experiencing miscellaneous problems due to which you won’t be able to use it properly. So in this post, I am going to discuss about how you can update drivers of your Belkin wireless router.

Check the step-by-step instructions below and update drivers of your Belkin wireless router:

  • Make sure that you are connected to the Internet. Visit the Belkin website and click Log In under Belkin at the bottom of the page.
  • Log in with the credentials supplied with your Belkin router support kit and search for the drivers and other updates related to your product model. The model number of your router is located at bottom. Download the driver file and save it to your computer.
  • When done, open the driver file and install the driver software. If the driver file is a zip file, extract its contents first and then update drivers.
  • If you don’t have login credentials, you can still search for drivers (if available. On the Belkin website, type ‘drivers’ in the Product Search box. Hit Enter to continue. You will a Belkin Support Drivers, Downloads page.
  • Type ‘drivers’ again in the Search by Keyword box and click the Search button. From under Products, click the drop-down box and select Routers. Then again from under All Products, click the drop-down arrow and select your router’s model number or name.
  • You will see numerous search results on the page. Click the desired link and then click the Download button to start downloading the driver file. Run the installation file, update drivers and get going.
  • You can also search for Belkin router drivers using Windows Update. It brings all the latest drivers and updates to you. Click the Start button> select All Programs> and then click Windows Update. You will see the Windows Update screen.

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***You may also want to save your existing wireless configurations first before you update drivers. Upon experiencing any problems, you should un-install the recently installed drivers and then re-install them.