Instructions for a Linksys Wireless G Router Setup
A wireless network connects a computer to a high-speed modem without having to attach a cable directly. The Linksys wireless G router sends out a wireless signal so any wireless-enabled computer within range is able to share documents or surf websites. The wireless G router includes a Web-based setup menu with options that must be configured before using the wireless network.
Connect the Linksys wireless G router's power cable into a wall outlet. Locate the Ethernet port labeled "Internet" on the back of the wireless G router. Connect an Ethernet cable to the port.
Plug the opposite end of the cable to the open Ethernet port on the back side of your cable or DSL modem. Access a Web browser on your wireless enabled computer and navigate to the address "http://192.168.1.1," which is the wireless G router's IP address.
Type "admin" in the "User Name" box when a new prompt appears asking for you to sign in. Leave the "Password" box empty and click "OK" to log into the wireless G router's setup menu.
Click the "Setup" tab located near the top of the menu. Type a new user name and password for your Linksys wireless G router in the "user name" and "password" fields near the bottom of the window.
Select "Apply" to save the settings. Click the "Wireless" tab at the top of the window and select the "Basic Wireless Settings" link.
Type a name you want to use to identify your Linksys wireless G network in the "SSID" text box. Choose "Save Settings." Click the "Wireless Security" link.
Select the "Security Mode" drop-down box and choose "WPA Personal." Click the "Passphrase" box and type a password you will remember to secure your network and prevent unauthorized access.
Select "Save Settings" and close the window.
Tips & Warnings
- After setting up the Linksys wireless G router, your computer still has to be configured to recognize the network. The process for accessing the network varies between operating systems. In Windows 7, right-click the network icon on the task bar and click your network's name. Type the pass phrase and choose "Connect." In Windows Vista, instead select "Connect To" in the "Start" menu and select your network's identifying name. For Windows XP, right-click the network icon in the task bar and choose "Connect to a wireless network." Click your network's name.
- If your computer isn't wireless enabled, connect a wireless USB adapter to a USB port.
- You don't have to choose a password for your wireless network, but leaving your network unsecured will give anyone access if they bring a laptop within range of the Linksys wireless G router.