How to Setup a Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router?

What is Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router?

The Linksy6s WRT54G Wireless-G Router is a three-in-one device. It acts as a wireless access point that connects your computer device to it without using any cable. It also works as a built-in 4 ports full-duplex 10/100 switch to connect your computer device to it using Ethernet Cables. This router also functions as a DHCP [Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol] server with a robust firewall to protect your computers against intruders and most known Internet attacks.  All these three functions of the router work together, letting your entire network share high-speed Cable or DSL Internet connection.

Let’s see how to set up a Linksys WRT54G Wireless G Router:-

Linksys WRT54G wireless G router
  • To start setting up of your Linksys WRT54G wireless G router plug in the power source. Give around 10 seconds until it initialized and then plug an Ethernet cable to the jack.
  • Then, attach it to the port back on the router device.After that, take an Ethernet cable and attach it to the Ethernet port on your laptop and router. Now, the computer device is connected to the router and it is ready for setup and configuration.
  • Next, open your internet browser on your laptop and type the default IP address i.e. 192.168.1.1 in the address bar and press Enter button.  A window will pop up prompting you for a username and password to reach on the configuration page for your router. Here you have to enter admin for both the username and password field.
Linksys Router setup page
  • Now, a setup page will open up on the screen.
  • In the setup page, you should modify the Router Name from its default name to something unique so that it does not get confused with others. Go to the bottom of the web page and click on the Save Settings then click Continue when you see the “Settings are successful” dialogue box opens up in front of you.
  • Move your cursor on the Wireless tab at the upper menu of the setting screen. As you click on that button you will have the option to change the Wireless Network Name (SSID) from its default value to a something unique value. You can type the same name as you set your Router Name in the last step. Now, go to the wireless SSID broadcast option and click on the save settings and then click on continue when you see the “Settings are Successful” dialogue box shown on the screen.
  • Now hit on the Wireless Security sub menu at the top of the web page.  In order to secure the wireless network first use the Security Mode drop down box to select WEP and then from the WEP Security drop down box select 128 bits 26 hex digits. Create a unique password between 6 and 8 characters and then type these into the Pass Phrase box. Next hit on Generate. Click on the Save Settings and then Continue when the “Settings are Successful” dialogue box is shown. You can also select WPA encryption, however not all network cards support it, so first check your documentation.
Linksys WRT54G wireless G router plug
  • Next, click on the Wireless MAC Filter subsection at the top of the screen. Then Enable the Wireless MAC Filter option and hit on the tab to Permit only PCs for getting access to the wireless network. Now, go through the Save Settings button at the bottom of the Filter List window and then Continue
  • Next, hit on the Edit MAC Filter to pop up a new window screen. On this, enter the MAC address (Also known as Physical Address) for the MAC system to connect your wireless network. Once it is completed, hit on Save Setting at the bottom of the filter list and then click on Continue after appearing “Settings are Successful” dialogue box on the screen. Now you can close the window of the MAC address filter List.
Mac Address Filter List
  • At the final step, you have to click on the Administration tab at the top of the screen. Now change the default password to access the wireless router page by creating a new password and then you need to confirm it. This password must be different than you entered/setup for WEP encryption. The length of the password should be between 6-8. Now click on the Save Setting button at the bottom of the filter List Window and then Continue when the “Settings are successful dialogue is displayed.
  • If you detect any error during the configuration process, then consult manually that was included with your router or you can also contact the company.

Now, your Linksys WRT54G Wireless G Router setup procedure is complete and the network is secure.

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