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For this walk through, you will need a computer that is hard-wired (connected using an Ethernet cable) to your router. If you are on a wireless computer, you cannot connect to the router without knowing the password. If you do not have an Ethernet cable, you can either purchase one at any office supply center, otherwise, you will have to reset the router, and enter your configuration information for your connection again. This walk through also assumes that the router's default IP address and administration user name and password are at defaults. If you have changed either of these, you will be unable to log into the router using this walk through and you will have to reset the router, and enter your configuration information for your connection again.

  • First, open Internet Explorer, or your preferred Internet browser.
  • Next, you will need to log in to the router. To do this, go to the address bar at the top of the page (the long white bar across the top of the screen which will contain the web address of whatever your home page is) and empty it by backspacing all text out of it.
  • Enter the router's IP address, which is by default set to 192.168.1.1. Then press enter.
  • If everything is otherwise set up correctly, the browser should prompt you for a user name and a password. By default, for Linksys routers, the user name is to be left blank (do not type anything in) and the password is admin. Once you have that entered, press Enter on your keyboard, or click the OK button.
  • If the user name and password are accepted, the browser will load a Linksys Basic Settings page. If the user name and password are not accepted, the user name and password have been changed. If you do not know this information, you will have to reset the router.
  • Click the Wireless tab at the top of the Linksys Basic Settings page.
  • Directly under where you clicked Wireless, you will see a link for Wireless Security. Click this link.
  • This page will show you the security type enabled on the wireless broadcast sent out by the router. Look for either Security Key or Key 1 (for WEP security) or Pre-shared Key or Passphrase (for WPA/WPA2 security) This is your password for the wireless. Write this key down EXACTLY as shown, including any punctuation, along with correct case of characters.
  • You can close this window when done. Try entering that passphrase when connecting wireless to the router. It should authenticate.