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How to Disable Firewall on Linksys Wireless Router

If you are connecting your local network to the Internet, you must use a firewall to protect your network from external intruders. Most of the SOHO routers provide firewall protection and there is no need to add an extra one for your home network. However, if you are using multiple devices with inbuilt firewall, it is better to disable it on the routers except the first one. It helps to avoid issues with working of online applications like games from being blocked by multiple router firewalls. This guide explains how to disable default Linksys firewall protection.


Configure Firewall Protection On Linksys Router

  1. Login to the Setup page

    Type 192.168.1.1 on the address bar of your browser and press enter.

  2. Login Details

    Enter the username and password on the login page. The default settings are:

    Username: No username and leave it blank
    Password: admin

  3. Click on the Security tab
    no security

  4. Configure Linksys Router Firewall

    Under the Security tab, you can see the Firewall. Select Enable option to enable it on Linksys router. If you want to disable it, choose to disable option and click save button.

Reason to Disable Linksys Firewall

One of the major reasons to turn off the firewall is to avoid dual firewall situation. As I explained at the beginning of this tutorial, we do not need multiple firewalls to protect a home network. So if your network is already protected, you do not need an extra one. Another reason is to prevent issues with playing online games or running certain web applications through the router. However, in those situations, you may resolve the issue without disabling the firewall by doing port forwarding. To learn more about it, visit the link below.
How to Perform Port Forwarding Router

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