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 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.