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Title: Checking the Linksys router’s wireless settings

Article ID: 3698


Checking or verifying the wireless settings on a Linksys router is important when connecting wireless devices to your network.  This is the best route to take if you are unsure of your router’s wireless settings.  Important settings to know are the wireless network name (SSID) and the password.

NOTE:  The wireless network password is different from the router admin password.  The network password is used when connecting computers and other devices to a wireless network.  The router admin password is used to log in to the router’s web-based setup page.  If you are looking for the router admin password, click here.  If you are using a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account, click here.

There are three (3) important wireless settings on your Linksys router that you need to take note of before connecting to your wireless network:

There are four (4) ways to check the wireless settings of the Linksys router through:

Web-based setup page
Linksys Connect
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi
Computer’s operating system (OS)

Web-based setup page

Step 1:
Access the router’s web-based setup page.  For instructions, click here.

NOTE:  To access the web-based setup page using a Mac® computer, click here.

Step 2:
On the Setup page, click Wireless.

NOTE:  The look and feel of the web-based setup page may vary depending on the model of your Linksys router.

Step 3:
Set the Configuration View to Manual in order for you to view the settings of your wireless network and to make changes, if necessary.  If you have an older router and the router’s web-based setup page looks different, click here.

IMPORTANT:  Take note of the Network Name (SSID).

NOTE:  The SSID Broadcast should be set to Enabled in order for wireless devices to detect the wireless network of your Linksys router.

For older routers, you may see a page that’s similar to the image below.

Step 4:
Click Wireless Security and take note of the Security Mode and the Passphrase.

WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode

WPA/WPA2 Personal Security Mode

NOTE:  In older versions of Linksys routers, Passphrase may appear as Pre-Shared Key or WPA Shared Key.

IMPORTANT:  The wireless settings of your router are case-sensitive.  Ensure that you write them down correctly.

WEP Security Mode

The TX Key indicates which of the four (4) keys is your wireless password.

NOTE:  In this example, the values in the Key 1 field are your Network key or password since the TX Key is set to 1.

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QUICK TIP:  For a higher level of security it is recommended to use WPA Personal, WPA2 Personal or WPA2/WPA Mixed Mode over WEP.

Linksys Connect

Step 1:
Launch Linksys Connect on the computer that was used to set up the Linksys Wi-Fi Router.

NOTE:  To launch Linksys Connect on Windows, go to Start > All Programs > Linksys Connect.  To launch Linksys Connect on a Mac® computer, navigate to the Applications folder in Go, and then start Linksys Connect.  If you need more help, click here.

Step 2:
On the main Linksys Connect screen, select Router settings.

Step 3:
The Router name and Password are found under the Personalize section.

QUICK TIP:   Your Router name and Password are also the wireless settings of your router.  You will be using these settings when you connect additional computers or devices in your network.

NOTE:  Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and WPA2 are the only encryption types supported by Linksys Connect because they ensure the highest security with the maximum speed within the network for Smart Wi-Fi devices.

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi

Step 1:
Open a web browser like Safari®, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer and enter the router's default IP address “192.168.1.1” or "linksyssmartwifi.com" on the Address bar.

NOTE:  To learn more about accessing your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account, click here.

Step 2:
Enter the Email Address and Password of your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account then click Log in.  If you haven't created a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account yet, click here.

Step 3:
Click Wireless under Router Settings on the left navigation pane.

The wireless settings of your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi router should now be displayed.  You may update or change these settings by clicking the Edit link for the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz network.

Computer's operating system (OS)

Windows 8
Windows 7/Vista
Mac®

NOTE:  If the steps for checking your wireless settings according to your computer’s operating system (OS) do not work, try using the procedures mentioned above.

Windows 8

Step 1:
Select KB3698-014_EN_V12.PNG from the Charms Bar.  To open the Charms Bar, move the mouse cursor to the upper right corner of the screen.

Step 2:
Click on the Network icon.

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Step 3:
Right-click the name of the network, and then click View connection properties.

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Step 4:
Click the Security tab, then tick the box next to Show characters to show the Network security key.

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Windows 7/Vista

Step 1:
Click the Wireless Network Connection icon located at the bottom right of your screen, next to the clock.

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Step 2:
Right-click on the name of the network, then click Properties.

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Step 3:
Click the Security tab, then tick the box next to Show characters to display the Network security key.

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Mac®

Retrieving the wireless password using Keychain Access

NOTE:  The screens may differ depending on operating system being used.

Step 1:
Click Go > Utilities, double-click Keychain Access.

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Step 2:
Under Keychains, do one of the following:

For MAC OS X v10.5.x users

Click All Items and locate your Network from the list.

NOTE:  If the network in not listed under All Items, click Passwords and locate your Network from the list.

For MAC OS X v10.6.x or greater users

Click login and locate your Network from the list.

NOTE:  If the network is not listed under login, click System and locate your Network from the list.

Step 3:
Double-click the Network Name (SSID) under Name.

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Step 4:
In the Attributes Tab, tick on the box next to Show password.

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Step 5:
When prompted, enter the Mac Administrator’s password or Keychain password in the dialog box and then click Allow or OK.

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Step 6:
Make a note of the password listed in the Show password field to use when connecting to the Wireless network.

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Retrieving the wireless authentication using network utility

NOTE:  The screens may differ depending on operating system being used.

Step 1:
Click the Wi-Fi or AirPort® icon in the Menu Bar.

Step 2:
Click Open Network Preferences.

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Step 3:
Click Wi-Fi or AirPort® in the list of network connections.

Step 4:
Make sure that the correct Network Name is listed and then click Advanced.

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Step 5:
Under Wi-Fi or AirPort®, make a note of the Netwok Name and Security type on the list of Preferred Networks.

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With the wireless settings written down, you are now ready to connect your wireless devices to the network.  For instructions, click on the links below for the wireless device you want to connect:

Computers
iPhone®
iPad®
iPod®
Android™
Gaming Consoles

If you wish to make changes on the wireless settings of your router using the web-based setup page, click here.  If you want to change them using Linksys Connect, click here.  If you would like to know more about changing the wireless settings of your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi router, click here.


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Changing the basic wireless settings of your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router using your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account
Changing the wireless network's name (SSID) on a Linksys router
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Troubleshooting wireless connectivity issues with Linksys Wi-Fi Routers

 

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