Setting up a Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Broadband Router (with WPA-PSK security)
- These instructions may be specific for firmware version 3.0, however it will give you somewhere to start :)
- Begin setup of your Linksys Wireless Router by first plugging in the power. Give it 10 seconds or so to initialise and then plug an ethernet cable into your wall jack and into the port on the back of the router marked Internet. Next get another ethernet cable and plug one end into your either your laptop (or ADSL modem) and the other into one of the ports labeled 1-4 on the router. Your computer is now properly connected to the router to begin its setup and configuration.
- Next open a web browser window on the connected computer and type http://192.168.1.1/ into the address bar and press enter. A window will pop up prompting you for a username and password to access the configuration page for your router. Enter admin for both the username and password.
- Click on the black Wireless tab at the top of the settings screen. Change the Wireless Network Name (SSID) from the default value to something unique. Then Disable the Wireless SSID Broadcast option and click Save Settings and then Continue when the Settings are successful dialog is displayed. This will stop your network showing up on other people's available wireless network lists.
- You will no longer be able to access the internet or view the connection from your wireless networks list. Therefore you will have to go into your Wireless Network settings. Go to Start/Connect To/Show all connections. Right click on Wireless Network Connections and select Properties. Select the wireless network tab. Select the Add... button. Enter in the Wireless Network Name (SSID) you selected in step 4. Select OK. You should now be connected to the internet again.
- Repeat step 2.
- Now go back to the Wireless tab and select Wireless Security.
- Select WPA-Pre-Shared Key from the security mode drop down box. And TPIK from the WPA Algorithms drop down box. And chose a password (preferably a sentence with no spaces). Save settings.
- Again you will no longer be able to access the internet. Therefore follow step 4 again to get back into you connection settings, but this time select your network name from the preferred networks list and select Properties.
- Under Network Authentication select WPA-PSK.
- Under Data encryption select TKIP
- Enter you Network Key(password).
You should see the setup page below:
You're done! Easy huh?
NB: Make sure you change your administration login & username too (under the Administration tab).