How to Create a Password for Linksys

By Marissa Willman

Setting up a wireless router for your home or office creates a wireless network that can be accessed by compatible devices in the immediate area. By requiring a password to access your wireless network, you can secure it against unauthorized access or use. To create a password for your Linksys router, you will need to access the default Linksys router configuration page online. The configuration page allows you to set the network's name, encryption mode and password.

Step 1

Access the router's default configuration address through your Web browser by typing on the address bar. Leave the username blank and type "admin" for the password. That process works for all new Linksys routers. If you have changed the username or password in the past, use the username and password that you created.

Step 2

When the configuration screen opens, click on the "Wireless" tab and select "Wireless Security" to view the router's current security password. The "Security Mode" field will say "Disabled" if you do not have a password to secure your network.

Step 3

Select the appropriate encryption type from the Security Mode drop-down menu. Linksys routers offer WEP and WPA encryption. WPA encryption allows you to use a single password to access the network. WEP encryption creates 10- or 26-character keys that act as your password. Some of your wireless devices may only use a certain type of encryption. Determine which protocol is best for your network.

Step 4

Enter a password that will be required to access the network. For WPA encryption, you can write your own password. For WEP encryption, click the "Generate" button to create passwords that can be used to access the network. Write down your passwords and keep them in a secure location.

Step 5

Click "Save Settings" to confirm your changes. Your network will now be secured and will require a password for access.

Step 6

Click the "Administration" tab to create a password to access the router configuration page itself. Be sure to change the password from the default "admin." Re-enter the password for confirmation in the next field. Click "Save Settings" to confirm your new password.

Tips & Warnings

  • Create different passwords for the router configuration and for logging onto the wireless network. Doing so will prevent network users from altering the configuration settings.
  • Secure your wireless network even if it is just for home use. The signal may be picked up by neighboring homes and businesses, and can expose your network to unauthorized use.