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.
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.