How to Configure the Linksys WRT54G

By Chris Hoffman

The Linksys WRT54G router is a consumer-level router supporting the wireless-G networking standard and secure WPA2 encryption. The WRT54G plugs into your Internet connection and shares it with all your devices wirelessly; desktop computers using wired connections also plug in to the back of the router. Like most consumer-level routers, the Linksys WRT54G includes a configuration Web page. Configure the Linksys WRT54G router by accessing its configuration Web page in your Web browser.

Step 1

Open the Linksys WRT54G's configuration webpage by typing "" into your Web browser's address bar and pressing "Enter."

Step 2

Log in to the WRT54G by leaving the "User Name" box blank in the login dialog that appears, typing "admin" into the "Password" box and pressing "Enter."

Step 3

Configure your Internet connection settings on the "Internet Setup" page that appears. For most users, the default configuration is appropriate. If you have a static IP address, click the "Internet Connection Type" box, click "Static IP," type the information your Internet service provider provides you into the "Internet IP Address," "Subnet Mask," "Gateway" and "DNS" boxes, and click "Save Settings."

Step 4

Change the time on your router by clicking the "Time Zone" box on the default "Internet Setup" page, clicking your time zone in the list and clicking "Save Settings."

Step 5

Configure the WRT54G's wireless network settings by clicking the "Wireless" tab at the top of the Linksys configuration page and clicking "Wireless Network." Set a mode for your wireless network by clicking the "Wireless Network Mode" box and clicking an option in the list; click "Mixed" for best interoperability with a variety of devices. Type a name for your wireless network into the "Wireless Network Name (SSID)" box and click "Save Settings."

Step 6

Set wireless network security settings by clicking the "Wireless Security" tab under "Wireless." Set the router's encryption to the most secure setting by clicking the "Security Mode" box and clicking "WPA2 Personal" in the list. Type a password for your network into the "Shared Key" box and click "Save Settings." The password must be used on every device accessing your wireless network.

Step 7

Change the router's password by clicking the "Administration" tab at the top of the WRT54G's configuration Web page, typing a new password into each "Password" box to the right of "Local Router Access" on the page and clicking "Save Settings."