Linksys routers are required to be initially setup by the user physically. The user has to make certain physical connections using Ethernet cables between the router, the modem and the devices with which the user wishes to setup the Linksys router. It is recommended that the user connects the devices using wired connections as it eliminates the possibility of any errors during the process. Once the user has successfully setup the router, the user will need to initially login to the router using www.linksyssmartwifi.com web domain. The user will then be prompted for the default credentials regarding their router on the admin login page. Once the user has successfully logged in to the router, the user can configure their network using the simple instructions provided.
Once the user has successfully logged in to the router, there are a few recommended steps that the user must take in order to better secure their router. The user must change the default username and password so that unauthorized users are unable to gain access to the user’s network. The user must also update the firmware of their router if any is available. The firmware is the operating software that basically runs the hardware and all its functions. The firmware must be updated in order to keep the router compatible with the latest media devices so that the user doesn’t have to go around buying new routers every time they wish to buy a new media device. The firmware update also ensures that the security on the router is kept up to date. This way, all the sensitive information passing through the router such as the private information of the user, their emails and passwords, the banking information of the user when they buy something online and more. It also prevents any unauthorized users to gain access to the user’s network without their permission.
Here, we will help the users by providing the step by step instructions regarding the initial configurations of the Linksys routers. With the help of these instructions, the user can configure, control, customize, monitor and even repair their network themselves without any problems.
Troubleshooting steps to setup and login to the Linksys routers:
- Connect the Ethernet cable from the modem to the WAN port of the router.
- Now, connect the Ethernet cable from the desktop computer or laptop to any of the four internet ports of the router.
- Reboot all the devices and wait for them to finish booting up.
- Open any internet browser and type www.linksyssmartwifi.com in the address bar of the browser. Press enter.
- The router’s admin login page will appear asking the user for the default information specific to the router. The default username and password are “admin” for both the cases. The username and password are case sensitive.
- Once the user has successfully logged in to the router, the web based interface will appear.
- From here, the user can simply follow the on screen instructions to further configure the network.
Now, the user’s Linksys router will have been successfully setup and logged in. From here, the user can further configure their network.
Troubleshooting steps to reset the router:
- The reset button is located at the back of the router within a very small hole. It may be labeled as reset or restore factory default settings.
- Press the reset button with the help of a pin for about ten seconds. Release the button after ten seconds.
- Once the power LED light becomes green/white in color and stable, the router will have successfully been reset.
Once the router has been reset, the personalized settings of the user will also get reset. This process cannot be reversed once the route has been reset.
Do not unplug the router from the power source during the reset process as it can damage the router.
Troubleshooting steps to change the username and password for the Linksys routers:
- Open an internet browser of your choice and type www.linksyssmartwifi.com in the address bar to access the router’s admin login page.
- The user will then be asked to enter the default credentials for the router there. The default username is either “admin” or justify blank for different routers and the default password is “admin” for most of the Linksys routers. The username and password are case sensitive.
- Once logged in successfully, the user will see the Administration option. Click on it.
- Now, click the Management option. Under the Management option, the user will see the username and password option.
- The user can enter the new desired information within the Network Name (SSID) option and the Network Key (passphrase) option. The fields will be provided below the respective options.
- Once the user has entered the new desired information, click Save to save the changes made.
Now, the user can reconnect all their devices using the new username and password for the router. The username and password are case sensitive.
Do not enter any password hints within the username as the username is still visible to nearby devices.
Make sure that the password strength is very strong and the password is very hard for other people to guess.
Troubleshooting steps to update the firmware for the Linksys routers:
- Go to the Linksys Support Site and download the latest firmware for the router.
- Open the internet browser and type www.linksyssmartwifi.com in the address bar. Press enter. The router’s admin login page will display.
- Enter the default username and password for the Linksys router. The username and password is “admin” for most of the Linksys routers. The username and password are case sensitive.
- Once the user has successfully logged in, the web based interface will appear.
- Click the ADVANCED option. Then, go to the Administration option.
- The user will see a Router Update or Firmware Update option. The name may vary for different router models.
- Click the Browse option to locate the previously downloaded file.
- Click the Upload option to begin the update process.
Once the user has successfully updated the firmware of the router, the router will reboot itself. Once the router has finished rebooting, the user can start using their router as they desire.
Do not update the firmware from any third party websites as it can corrupt the router.
Do not interrupt the firmware update process or unplug the router from the power source as it can corrupt the router’s firmware and might even render the router useless.