How to Setup Linksys Wireless Router By Manual Steps

I started my computer networking career by supporting SOHO products mainly Linksys wireless products. I was assigned to a networking division which handled mainly Linksys wireless router. There I assisted clients to implement Linksys wireless routers in their already existing networks or to start a new network with them. I wrote many articles to setup various models of Linksys wireless routers and I think it will be useful if I join all of the guides in a single post. Later in my career Cisco bought Linksys and it become Linksys Cisco. With the guidance of Cisco, they introduced many high quality products in market. Most of the Linksys wireless router's have similar kind of configuration steps but some models have different procedure. Here in this tutorial we can see a common setup guide for most of the models.

Manual Steps to Setup Linksys Wireless Router
  1. Check Internet Connection:

    Make sure your computer is online with ISP Modem. Connect your PC directly to the modem and check if you can go online. If you cannot go online with modem, call your ISP.

  2. Check the Modem IP address and type of Internet Connection:

    We should check whether you are using DSL connection or Cable Internet connection. Configuration steps of Linksys router for DSL and Cable Internet are different. If you are not a techie to check the Internet connection type, I recommend you to contact your ISP customer support and verify your Internet connection type. Now you should check the IP address of the modem. To do this please follow steps in one of my previous article.
    How to Find IP Address of The Modem

    You should note the Modem IP address because we need this information while configuring Linksys router.

  3. Connect your computer to Linksys Wireless Router:

    1. Disconnect Modem from your computer
    2. Connect computer LAN port to LAN port 1 of Router using Ethernet cable
    3. Turn on your Linksys Wireless Router

Setup Linksys Wi-Fi Router without Setup Disc

Here we are not using setup CD or Cisco Connect software to configure Linksys Router.
  1. Login:

    To login, follow the steps below.

    • Type on address bar of browser

    • Enter user name and password:

      Usually there is no user name for Linksys router and the password is admin.

      So it would be like:

      Username: {Leave it blanks}
      Password : admin

      Then press enter to login.

  2. Change the Linksys Router IP address according to modem IP address:

    If the modem IP address is, we should change Linksys router IP address to If the modem IP address is something else, you should not change the IP address of Links Router.

    Make sure DHCP is enabled. After this you should click on Save Settings button.

  3. How to Setup Links Linksys Router for Cable Internet connection

    To know more about how to configure it for cable Internet connection click on the link below.
    Configure Router in PPPOE mode

  4. How to setup Linksys Router for DSL Connection

    If you have DSL Internet connection click on the link below for more steps.
    Configure Wireless Router with DSL

Model Specific Linksys Router Setup Guides
  1. How to Configure E4200 
  2. How to configure E3000
  3. How to Configure E1000
  4. How to Setup WRT160N
  5. Configure  WRT54G 

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for this setup guide

Anonymous said...

Simple to understand. Thanks for your guide.

Anonymous said...

Thanks helped a lot

Alex said...

Thanks for such detailed Linksys setup guide.

Anonymous said...

Hi sir, Do you have linksys router setup disc? I badly need setup CD.

Anonymous said...

Hi Siju can you tell me how to setup linksys router with comcast connection ?

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for this helpful set up guide !!!

Anonymous said...

Is this model of linksys router has Access Point feature ? I mean can I do wireless cascading with two linksys wireless routers ?

Siju George said...

According to Linksys, wireless cascading between two Linksys wireless routers is not possible. However, there are some third party firmwares which do the job.

Anonymous said...

I called geeksquade for configuring my router. they asked $100 to do that but you provided the entire procedure for free. Thanks


Anonymous said...

hey everyone please do not buy linksys routers. It has no quality and their technical support is poor. I bought a brand new Linksys router and kept in my room for one month. After that I contacted the Linksys support for how to setup these thing because i am not a techy like you guys.They asked me to pay for their service first. I told them I already paid for their product but they said if I don't pay they won't help me to fix.

kay5ive said...

Can we make the Backup/Restore from the linksys WAP54G router?

Siju George said...

Yes, You can take backup. Click on Administration and under this you can see Backup and Restore.

kay5ive said...

But when i hit Backup button it asks from the Username and Password. Why?

Siju George said...

Here Linksys asks for authentication before you start taking backup. You need to enter user name and password to proceed.

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