How to configure the linksys wireless router / Access point.

Everyone want to be on the fast lank, get trending, updated, and connected to the internet even on the go, but what happens if you have to wait for a compTIA or A+ technician to fix your wireless access point which might take hours even a day for him to arrival at your door post, and moreover he has to get paid for the job done for you, all these stress of waiting and complaining I wish to reduce by blogging on step by step, on how to configure a wireless router by yourself from the comfort of your home.
Before I start I will like us to look briefly on the concept of a wireless router. A wireless router or access points is one’s only means or route of going to the internet, to surf for information and are of different types and makes and from different manufactures.

Here am not talking about smile MI-FI, or spectra-net neither MTN MI-FI, nor Glo or other wireless router with micro SD embedded inside which are used for caped or limited bandwidth, since those router though they are highly mobile and serve as a plug and play devices, My interest lies on the broadband unlimited and uncapped services router/ linksys which can decode wireless signal through an internet service provider link, and encode signals then, broadcast wireless or through LAN depending on the configuration settings, and then offer up to 100Mbps of internet speed, to be clear the configuration am going to work through here can be use on any router the only change might be the default user name, and password to access the configuration interface.first, on unboxing your wireless router you will see a power adapter, an up-link cable and a router. Locate the power inlet at the back the router, and plug in the power, power on the router through a black switch in front of the router an indicating light will show that the router is on. Now, use the up-link cable to connect from port 1 or ether 1 to your system/computer. next log on, to the router using the default IP, at this point the ether 1, indicating light should be on, enter the  user name and password: admin, admin, at this point the router will take you to a configuration interface like this one below.

Basic setup page, here you will setup your the language you want, automatic configuration-DHCP. In this setup, I used autoconfig DHCP, but in the case you want to use static IP, you will know that you will manually put IP and DNS in all your device which might be cumbersome, from here I configured my Host name and domain name. the IP and subnet Mask can be left on default if possible.

Wireless: In Basic wireless settings click on enable for wireless protected setup. on wireless security choose security mood and passphrase you want. Quest Access depending on what you want for me I choose no.

wireless MAc filter, if you enable this, that means you have to manually input the mac address of each device on the mac address table, and click on permit pc’s listed below to access the wireless network, this is a very good security and control measure to take to protect you router from external attackers.


SECURITY: In security, you can configure all firewall, and security policy protection by enabling them, filter anonymous internet request and IDENT you can also do the proxy and java cache but probably for advance purposes.

 For me I always enable all VPN passthrough to access a particular network remotely. don’t forget to save settings after each configuration before moving to next.

ACCESS Policy: Here you configure parental control by enabling or disabling, restrict internet access for some hosts, and block certain URL’s.

 Application and Gaming is where you do all your port forwarding by inputting application name, external and internal port protocol and then command. In administration you enter and re-enter password, click on HTTP, enable access via wireless, disable log, you can also restore to factory setting.
Status : This is were everything you have configured and saved, is saved in this router.

ln conclusion the following is just the basic and easy way to explain all I have done so far

Basic :
I change default administrator password and user names used to access the router administration page
I disabled remote administration.
Secure/ disable the reset switch/ function.
Change default SNMP parameters.
NOTE: Regular upgrades the WI-FI router firmware, to ensure you have the latest security patches and critical fixes.
SSID: when installing wireless routers, change the default service set identifier (SSID). And verify that you are not broadcasting out to the network.
MAC Filtering :I Applied mac filtering address to both wired and wireless routers by configuring a wireless access point to filter MAC address you can control which wireless device client may join your network.
Channel: I changed the channel on wireless routers this will optimize the data transmission and reduce interference with other routers.
DHCP: depending on you’re what you need from your network turn on the DHCP on both wired and wireless router to automatically connect and assigned IP address or turn it off to statically input address.

 I hope this piece has been of good information and guild for you to go through a wireless router configuration, thanks and keep in touch for more on internetworking tips and tricks

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