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Monday, June 26, 2006

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 :)

  1. 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.

  2. Next open a web browser window on the connected computer and type 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.

  3. You should see the setup page below:

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Repeat step 2.

  7. Now go back to the Wireless tab and select Wireless Security.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Under Network Authentication select WPA-PSK.

  11. Under Data encryption select TKIP

  12. Enter you Network Key(password).

You're done! Easy huh?

NB: Make sure you change your administration login & username too (under the Administration tab).


    Blogger Derek Poore said...

    Quick and dirty, thanks!

    Monday, May 21, 2007 1:33:00 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Can't find WPA Pre-Shared Key in the drop down menu (step 8). The only options are WPA Personal/Enterprise and WPA2 Personal/Enterprise. (WRT54G Firmware v. 1.00.7)

    Tuesday, August 07, 2007 4:31:00 PM

    Blogger Kim Peacocke said...

    Don't quote me on this but from my guess your firmware is out of date & needs to be updated. I think you can simply download an updated firmware version from http://linksys.com/download/

    My firmware version is: v3.03.1. This isn't the latest version.
    In my drop down box I have:
    * Disable
    * WPA Pre-Shared Key
    * RADIUS

    Tuesday, August 07, 2007 6:32:00 PM

    Anonymous Abul Ooz said...

    Nah, dont worry about that anonymous, just select WPA Personal, it will then bring up the TPIK option underneath, they are both the same thing just diffrent fireware versions and names i think, i had the same thing as you.

    This tutorial is AMAZING!! no joke, i just managed to help my friend setup her wireless over the phone, i've never used Linksys before and she isnt very technical, but managed to get it all up and runnin!! cheers!

    Friday, November 09, 2007 9:14:00 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hold on...i wonder if you could tell me how to set up mine for both wireless and connection with wire (watever) my pc doenst have wireless and my labtop does. i was wondering if you could tell me how to set up for both of them. THis sets up for just labtop...wat about my poor pc?

    Tuesday, November 13, 2007 8:29:00 AM

    Blogger Kim Peacocke said...

    Too easy: all you need to do is plug a network cable between one of the 4 ports on the back of your wireless router and the network port in the back of your PC.

    Tuesday, November 13, 2007 8:59:00 AM

    Anonymous Alexis said...

    THANK YOU for this guide! So simple to set up the router, after trying

    Monday, June 02, 2008 11:06:00 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    you RULE!

    Monday, September 01, 2008 5:00:00 PM

    Anonymous Shawn from Illinois said...

    Just to the point and very neat. It works great!!

    Friday, September 26, 2008 12:50:00 AM

    Anonymous Ade from Dublin said...


    I have not even tried this yet but just reading through it and also reading the comments has given me enough confidence. I will go and try mine too. Even though a friend helped me to set it up and it worked for almost three months then suddenly stopped working. I guess I dont need luck as I have you guys... Thanks

    Saturday, November 01, 2008 4:48:00 AM


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