How to Connect a 2Wire Router to a Linksys Router

By Zyon Silket

2Wire routers are sold exclusively through Internet service providers. Because of this, the 2Wire router must remain the primary router on your home network. If you want to connect a 2Wire router to a Linksys router to extend the range of your home network, convert the Linksys router into a repeater or range extender. To make the Linksys work on your network, you must disable several settings inside of the router to prevent network conflicts and subsequently, network errors.

Things You'll Need

  • LAN cable
  • Paper clip

Step 1

Plug the Linksys router into a laptop computer using a LAN cable or CAT5 cable. The cable gets plugged into one of the LAN ports located on the back of the router and the other end of the cable gets plugged into the Ethernet port located on the side of the laptop. (A desktop computer is usable if you do not have a laptop.) The Ethernet port is located on the back of desktop computers.

Step 2

Plug the router into a power outlet to turn it on. Master reset the router by placing a paperclip into the reset hole, located on the back of the router for a period of five seconds. This clears out any network settings previously set up on the router and allows you to use the default user information to access the router settings.

Step 3

Open a web browser and enter into the address field. Press "Enter" on the keyboard to load the router log-in page. The default user name is "admin" and the default password is "admin" on most Linksys routers. If this does not work, reference for a list of Linksys router models and the default user log-in information for that router model.

Step 4

Click on the "Basic Setup" link and disable the "Local DHCP server." This prevents the Linksys router from assigning IP addresses to the equipment connected to your network. The 2Wire router handles this job.

Step 5

Click on the "Wireless" link and change the SSID to match the network name given to the 2Wire router. The name is the same as the one you look for when connecting a computer to your home network.

Step 6

Click on the "Wireless Security" link and enable WEP security. Enter the same pass phrases used on your 2Wire router. If your 2Wire router does not have network security enabled, do not set up wireless security on the Linksys router; skip this step.

Step 7

Click on "Save Settings" to update the router.

Step 8

Remove the LAN cable from the Linksys router and the computer. Close the Internet browser.

Step 9

Plug the LAN cable into one of the LAN ports located on the back of the 2Wire router. Plug the other end of the cable into the WAN port located on the back of the Linksys router.